Writing Short Essays for Exams 

Learn how to write high-scoring essays for exams such as IELTS, PTE, TOEFL and FCE. Video training.  Includes one free end of course essay check and feedback!
  • Online Tutor

    Ask questions if needed
  • Video

    Interactive tutorials
  • Quizzes

    Learn & test yourself
  • eBook

    Exercises and explanations

Key Course Features:

Expert Teaching

Your tutor is highly skilled in the field of academic writing and education, with a PhD, several peer reviewed publications in academic journals, and over ten years experience of teaching academic writing at university and language schools.

Lectures & Quizzes

The course is packed full of excellent learning materials and resources to improve your skills without having to attend physical classes. There are lectures followed by interactive assignments such as quizzes and ebook activities to practice what you have learned. 

Ask Questions

During the course, you can contact your tutor if you have any questions about the learning materials or if there is anything you don't understand and need clarification on. The course has a great "comment" function enabling you to comment and ask questions on the section of the course you are currently working on.


At the end of the course you can submit one essay in order to practice your newly learned skills. You'll then receive feedback on your essay from your tutor so you can see how you have progressed and if you need to do any more study to work on any weak areas.

Interactive and Engaging Training Resources:

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Online Lectures

Clear and concise videos will explain to you all the important aspects of essay writing. Learn how to write excellent topic sentences, paragraphs, and essays, and how to plan your essay and ensure you are fully answering the question.
Key aspects of grammar are also explained, such as compound and. complex sentences. The videos will ensure you know exactly how to write an essay to achieve a high score in exams conditions.

More than a book, a live book

Learning materials also come in the form of several eBooks. These provide you with more instructional resources on how to write excellent short essays for exams. The eBooks can be annotated (drawn on by you) so they are an excellent interactive way for you to be tested on and practice your ability to write essays and coherent, grammatically correct sentences.
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Online quizzes and practice exercises

Practice makes perfect!.
The course is also packed with quizzes and practice exercises so you can get to grips and master what you have learned in the videos and other instructional resources. Quizzes will automatically tell you if you are correct or not and provide you with advice and explain where you went wrong. 

Is this writing course for you?

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for anybody wanting to understand or to improve essay writing skills for exams which require you to write a short academic essay of around 200-350 words under timed conditions. It's also suitable if you need to write short essays for another reason, such as for university, college, or school. The exams it can help you with are:

* IELTS: International English Language Testing System
* PTE: Pearson English Language Test
* FCE: Cambridge English First
* CAE: Cambridge English Advanced
* TOEFL IBT: Test of English as a Foreign Language

What skills does the course cover?

You'll have lectures that train you from the very basics of building good paragraphs all the way up to writing concise and well-supported short academic essays. It's not a grammar course, but there is a focus on the critical aspects of sentence structure and the differences between simple, compound and complex sentences - examiners and teachers will be specifically looking out for your ability to write a mix of these sentence types. It covers coherence and cohesion by examining the ways to link ideas, sentences, and paragraphs to each other, as well as the important aspects of academic style when writing.   

What activities are included?

It gives you real practice as each section of the course has interactive quizzes and other activities to engage with and to ensure you have learned and understood everything from the lectures. The course also provides samples of common types of essay question and model answers with practice exercises so that you will know how to write the various types. 

Do I get personal support?

The learning materials are self-access, so they are designed to be taken by yourself and, within the course, full guidance is given. You can take them when you like and at your own pace, and you can go back over the lectures and materials as many times as you like over the enrolment period. However, a tutor is available if required to answer any questions you have as you take the course. There is a 'comment' function available to you to use if needed and your tutor will get back to you as soon as possible (1-2 days). 

How can I know what I've learned?

At the end of the course, you have the chance to submit an essay, which will be given back to you with comments from your tutor. This is an excellent opportunity to gauge what you have learned and to find out if there are any weak areas that you may still need to work on. 

How long do I have access to the course?

Access is for 12 months. However, this can be extended for a further 3 months if you require more time at the end of the first 6 months.

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