- Need to develop your Writing Skills for Task1?
You will need to:
- analyse information
- describe changes
- make comparisons
- draw conclusions
- paraphrase the introduction
- choose correct tenses
- organise information logically
- avoid describing facts mechanically.
IELTS Academic Writing Task 1
Let’s look at some basic rules about Writing Task 1.
- DO write a minimum 150 words
Practise this at home. If you use many words from the question, the examiners don’t count these words, so you will lose marks for being under-length.
There are always some words you cannot change, e.g. ‘chart’ or ‘map’, but try to use synonyms as much as possible:
e.g. (Question paper) ‘The map shows…’
(Your answer) ‘The map illustrates….’ or ‘In the map we can see….’
Do NOT mention the ‘x-axis’ and ‘y-axis’.
These are just details that the reader can see. It is a waste of time and words.
- DO NOT spend more than 20 minutes on Task 1
Quickly decide on 3 key features.
How? Write on the Question Paper. Find the highest/the lowest, the things that changed the most/the least, the things which are the same, the things which are different. This should only take 2 minutes. Find an ‘overall trend’, something which is very general and relates to the picture as a whole.
- Include specific data
e.g. sales decreased by 20%, prices went up from £10 to £20, numbers peaked at 300/ in 1990.
- But DON’T just list numbers
Use linking words but not in every sentence.
And DON’T give your opinion.
it is very tempting to give your opinion on why the changes happened, but don’t.
Finally, make sure you have an ‘overview’.
A lot of people find this the most difficult part, but it is very important.
Always include a sentence beginning ‘Overall,…’
This can come at the start (in the introduction) or at the end as your final paragraph.
Try not to repeat information that you have already mentioned.
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