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Free Sample Written Essay

In this section you will find samples of essays belonging to various essay types and styles of formatting.

When you surf our website for recommendations that could help you write your own essay, you will find many helpful tips. What they, however, cannot do is show you how exactly this or that type of essay is supposed to look like in its finished form. If it is said, a diagram is worth a hundred words, then it is also true with texts – it is better to read one example of writing, than to study a hundred descriptions of what this piece of writing is supposed to look like.

We provide you with a number of essay samples that may give you a vivid example of the way the essay of this or that type should be written. Feel free to study them and write your own ones along the same lines. Don’t worry about some of them being rather abstract – their main goal is to show you the basic principles that you will be able to transfer to your own writing.

We, however, have to warn you from trying to use any of these samples as your own writing and trying to submit them to your teachers, professors or tutors as the product of your creative effort. Without talking about the ethical aspect of the question, we just mention that even school teachers nowadays use plagiarism-checking software that would unveil your trick in a second, leave alone universities or colleges. In high school you may get off with a poor mark, but in later periods of your academic studies resorting to plagiarism may result in expulsion and other highly unpleasant problems.

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Free Sample IELTS Essays

The following sample IELTS essays will give you an idea of how to develop your essay topic into a well-structured, full-length essay. All the essays below will help you; however, the first free sample essay “Computers and Children”, will help you in a special way as it provides two responses to the same essay – one which is good and the other which is great. Read through them to discover the difference and to learn how your essay can go from good to great.

A top-scoring essay has a variety of clear characteristics which distinguish it from a mediocre essay. Here are a few of them:

  • Upgraded, advanced vocabulary, instead of commonly-used words & expressions
  • Varied  sentence structure, instead of only short, simple sentences
  • Complex grammatical structures, instead of very basic ones
  • Dynamic style, instead of lack of style
  • Examples, details and transition words, instead of empty repetition

Please check our list of free IELTS Essay topics and write as many essays as you can. The more practice you get, and the more familiar you become with the type of topics given, the better you will do on the exam. You can also check out this "Ultimate Guide to Essay Writing" from ThePensters for more useful tips.

Even if you think you are a poor writer today, you can learn how to take your simple essay and transform it into something much more effective. Adding some of the winning elements from the sample essays below will give you the extra marks you need to become a high-scorer on the IELTS.

SAMPLE IELTS ESSAYS