- Education and Science»
- English as a Foreign or Second Language
Bite sized IELTS tips and tricks - Do you want a better writing task 1 score?
- keep it neat and tidy (including any mistakes!)
- leave a line between paragraphs
- don't write in the margins
- read the instructions and cover every point
- stick to the word count
- keep to time (20 minutes)
- don't use bullet points (like this list does)
- use an introduction, body, conclusion structure
Start here and see how simple it can be!
OK! Let's go! Task 1 is about writing a report about a graph or a process.
Here are a couple of general points:
- you need to hit that 150 word count - short answers score less.
- rephrase any information from the task instructions that you use.
- your audience is a university lecturer unless otherwise stated so use appropriate language.
There are several kinds of graph you may encounter. DON'T WORRY! The way of dealing with all of them has similarities.
Kinds of graph:
- Single line graph
- Double line graph
- Bar graph
- Pie chart
- Process diagram
Follow the recipe for IELTS writing success
The examiners are looking for a structure:
DO NOT GIVE YOUR OPINION
Step by step
Describe the purpose of the report and any overall trends.
Give more detailed description of the trends. Notice how many features the graph has and write that many body paragraphs.
Summarise the patterns and comment on them in general.
DO NOT give your opinion!
Writing tasks 1 and 2
Which writing task do you prefer?
Look at the question you are answering. Notice what time period it is describing and make sure your grammar matches. For example, if the graph is about toys sold in 2005 then your grammar must use past tenses!
Use stock expressions
You can use fixed expressions to move between parts of your essay. For example, you can start with, "The graph describes..." (to explain WHAT) and then "It can be clearly seen that..." (to introduce the trends)
Using this kind of pattern makes your writing much easier because you just drop the details of the specific graph into a structure.
Remember to read the instructions and LOOK at the graph
If there are two bars and two or more lines remember to use words like
- Start with the first graph
- then link (eg 'similarly)
- describe the other graph
If you follow this information you will improve your writing score for task 1. For more information and individual help you can go to ieltsbuilder.com
Use the right words
You have to describe the changes you see so use relevant vocabulary.
- remains the same
Add information about the speed of the change