IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 Tips

Tip:-1 You need to be able to describe the information accurately, using a range of different structures.

Tip:-2 You must get the facts right or you will lose marks.

Tip:-3 Some charts have another category, other, means other similar items, not mentioned on the chart.

Tip:-4 The word figure(s) can be used as a substitute for numbers and percentages and so it is a useful reference word for avoiding repetition.

Tip:-5 You must make sure you understand what the two axes represent before you start writing.

Tip:-6 Statements like: the number of cars has increased or car ownership has increased from 2 to 20 are incomplete because they do not provided accurate descriptions of the data. Your description should tell the reader the exact figures, so that he or she can visualize the graph line.

Tip:-7 The diagram labels often give you names and other words but need to produce your own words, such as verbs, in the right tense and voice (active or passive).

Tip:-8 When you write your introduction, avoid copying whole phrases from the question. The examiner may not include these words in the final word count. This means you may lose marks if your answer is less than 150 words.

Tip:-9 Practice using different verb and noun phrases to describe trends. Your ability to write a good task I summary will improve as result.

Tip:-10 The examiner will be checking to see whether you can describe every detail of a graph. For example, if you write twelve sentences about annual sales of HARRY, S hamburgers –one for each month –your answer will be repetitive and more importantly it will not be describing the main trends.

Tip:-11 There are no links between the points in this student’s answer. If you do not link your sentences and ideas, you will lose marks.

Tip:- 12 This chart does not provide information about population size. If you choose to include information in your answer that is not given in the task, you will not get extra marks. In fact, it may be considered irrelevant and you may be penalised if you make detailed comments about information that is not provided in the chart.