IELTS Writing: Academic Writing Task 1

It is stated in the tasks' requirement that for IELTS Academic Writing Task 1, you should “summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.” So, all candidates should write a very good overview/summary paragraph in your answer. It’s ok if you put summary either in the end of your report or straight after the introduction.

In your summary, you should select and report the main feature, which means you don’t need give all information in the chart(s) and you also shouldn’t mention any detail, which belongs to the detail paragraphs.

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Academic IELTS Writing Task 1: two charts

It is stated in the Writing Task 1 Bandscore Descriptor that you should “clearly present a fully developed response” and “present, highlight and illustrate key features clearly and appropriately”. You also have to notice that in the task question, it is said “summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features”, which means you should have a really good overview or summary of the chart(s).

If there are more than one chart, then you should try to find the connections between them and “make comparisons where relevant”, because the examiner wants to see it.

Here is one academic IELTS Writing Task 1 that my students asked me last Sunday.

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IELTS Writing: Academic Task 1 – Overview

In order the get band 7 in your IELTS writing, it would be easier for any candidate to achieve band 8 in Task 1 (then you only need band 6 in your Task 2 to get an overall writing score 7).
As it is stated in the IETLS Writing Task 1 band descriptor, you should “present, highlight and illustrate key features/bullet points clearly and appropriately”, which means you have to write a good overview that covers most features (overall change, highest or lowest).

Try to write an overview/summary of the line chart below. (Pay attention to your tenses!)

Cambridge IELTS book 9 Test 4 Writing Task 1

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IELTS Writing: Academic Writing Task 1

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 is designed to test your ability to interpret and present information that is given in short form, often as data within a diagram, graph, chart or table. You are not asked to give opinions, make assumptions, or draw conclusions about the information given. There is no need to write a “separate” conclusion as you must do in Writing Task 2. This is because you are not being asked to conclude an argument, or evaluate your discussion of a topic, as in Writing Task 2. Remember, your opinions are not required in  IELTS Writing Task 1.

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IELTS Writing: Quick Punctuation Guide

Here is a quick guidance of punctuation.

1. Use full-stops (/ . /) only at the end of a sentence. Begin sentences with a capital letter. Proper nouns also require capital letters.

2. Use commas (/ , /) to separate parts of a sentence to avoid any confusion with meaning. Additional information is enclosed within commas.
e.g. the pollution of rivers, which is often caused by chemical waste and fertilizer, is causing enormous problems for fishermen, especially in Britain. (The comma after ‘fishermen’ ensures that ‘especially’ connects with ‘Britain’ not ‘fishermen’.)

A comma is used after most connectives (linking words), and usually before and after a connective in mid-sentence. Commas separate clauses in most conditional sentences.
e.g. Therefore, the use of chemicals on farms should be better controlled. However, even if such laws were passed tomorrow, most rivers would take years to recover.

3. Semi-colons (/ ; /) are used to separate sub-groups within lists, but more often to join two independent clauses that are grammatically complete but closely related. However, in the latter case, you can always use a full-stop instead.
e.g. Chemical waste from factories is still drained into river systems; it is hard to believe that this practice is still allowed by law in some areas.

4. You may use a colon (/ : /) if you need to draw attention to what is to follow.
e.g. The environment is important for the following reasons:

5. Use quotation marks (/ “ ” /) for quotes and titles. Apostrophes (/ ‘ ’ /) show possession or contraction.

6. Do not use contractions (e.g. don’t, shouldn’t, can’t etc.) in formal writing. Use the full form instead. However, you may use them in the General Training Task 1, in the case of writing an informal letter.

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