Essay Writing for IELTS & TOEFL

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Preparing for a standardized test has never been easier!

We’ve designed an online course to help you improve your writing scores. In six lessons, you will practice writing six test type questions.  After you submit your answers, your teacher will grade them and give you feedback to help you improve the quality of your writing.

Academic Writing Skills

The Writing Section of most standard tests measures a student’s ability to write clearly, and to organize ideas into well-formed essays.

This course will help you organize and express your ideas as you prepare to take your test.

Improve your score by learning how to:

  • develop the topic
  • use examples, reasons, explanations, facts,  and details
  • develop unity and coherence
  • use correct vocabulary that fits the topic



Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Standard

There are three things you need to know about this course. First, this is a teacher-assisted, self-study course. That means you will study on your own, but when you have questions or need help, you can contact your teacher. Second, you will need to score at least 80% to pass to the next lesson. If you score less than 80%, don’t worry, you can take the quiz again. Third, your teacher will grade your responses, and send you feedback on how you can improve.

Question #1 Description

Length: 50 minutesComplexity: Standard

Question 1: You will describe a person, place, event, or thing. In your answer, you must make a clear reference to the person, place, event, or thing you are describing.  After you…

Question #2 Opinion

Length: 50 minutesComplexity: Standard

In question 2, you will give your opinion about a topic Everyone has an opinion. But how do you know which one is right? In the question, you will be…

Question #3 Cause and Effect

Length: 50 minutesComplexity: Standard

In answering question 3, you will explain why something is true. In answering this question, you don’t want give your opinion, rather you want to reason from cause to effect showing…

Question #4 Argumentative

Length: 50 minutesComplexity: Standard

In question 4, you will be given two positions.  You must choose one of them and argue why it is better. In your answer, state clearly which position you claim and why…

Question #5 Compare and Contrast

Length: 50 minutesComplexity: Standard

In question 5, you will compare two views, and then agree with one side or the other. While in your answer you must write on both sides, you must also state…

Question #6 Problem-Solution

Length: 50 minutesComplexity: Standard

In question 6, you will discuss a problem, and then present two solutions. A Problem-Solution Essay discusses a problem, and then provides a plan for its solution.  We often use this type of…

Final Essay

Length: 45 minutesComplexity: Standard

Congratulation! You have written six essays, and now you are ready to take the final test. After you begin the final, you will have 30 minutes to plan, write, and rewrite your…