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IELTS Writing Task 1 Tips and Lessons

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IELTS Writing Task 1 Tips and Lessons

IELTS Writing Task 1 Tips and Lessons

General Information

  • You have 20 minutes for this task.
  • Your summary should consist of at least 150 words.
  • The "IELTS"

    IELTS

    The International English Language Testing System or IELTS /ˈ.ɛlts/, is an international standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. It is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment, and was established in 1989. IELTS is one of the major English-language tests in the world, others being the TOEFL, TOEIC and OPI/OPIc.

    IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training are designed to cover the full range of ability from non-user to expert user. The Academic version is for test takers who want to study at tertiary level in an English-speaking country or seek professional registration. The General Training version is for test takers who want to work, train, study at a secondary school or migrate to an English-speaking country.

     “>IELTS Writing Task 1 is an information transfer task, which requires you to write an accurate account of some information presented in graphic form, For example (adv)
    used before mentioning a specific thing, person, place, etc. in order to explain what you mean or to support an argument:
    Many countries, for example, Mexico and Japan, have a lot of earthquakes.“>for example
    , a graph, table, or some form of a pictorial representation of Data: Noun

    "data"/ˈdeɪ.tə/ US /-ţə/

    group noun [U]

    information, especially facts or numbers, collected for examination and consideration and used to help decision-making, or information in an electronic form that can be stored and processed by a computer:

    The data was/were collected by various researchers.

    “>data.

  • Your addressee is a university lecturer.
  • It is important to read the instructions closely to specify the main focus of your report.

Planning Your Task

How to Start Writing?

  • It is recommended that you start your "IELTS"

    IELTS

    The International English Language Testing System or IELTS /ˈ.ɛlts/, is an international standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. It is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment, and was established in 1989. IELTS is one of the major English-language tests in the world, others being the TOEFL, TOEIC and OPI/OPIc.

    IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training are designed to cover the full range of ability from non-user to expert user. The Academic version is for test takers who want to study at tertiary level in an English-speaking country or seek professional registration. The General Training version is for test takers who want to work, train, study at a secondary school or migrate to an English-speaking country.

     “>IELTS Writing Task 1 with a restatement of the keywords in the instructions. In so doing, you will give a brief description of the details in the pictorial form.

  • You should write one clear sentence to introduce the illustration.
  • After your general description, you should write one or two sentences to indicate the relationships between the Data: Noun"data"/ˈdeɪ.tə/ US /-ţə/

    group noun [U]

    information, especially facts or numbers, collected for examination and consideration and used to help decision-making, or information in an electronic form that can be stored and processed by a computer:

    The data was/were collected by various researchers.

    “>data or demonstrate a trend.

  • Write more sentences to Provide: Verb"provide"/prəˈvaɪd/

    verb [T]

    to give someone something that they need:

    This booklet provides useful information about local services.

    All meals are provided throughout the course.

    The author provides no documentary references to support her assertions.

    “>provide a more in-depth account of the Data: Noun

    "data"/ˈdeɪ.tə/ US /-ţə/

    group noun [U]

    information, especially facts or numbers, collected for examination and consideration and used to help decision-making, or information in an electronic form that can be stored and processed by a computer:

    The data was/were collected by various researchers.

    “>data that transcends your general statement.

How to Analyze the Graph?

  • In your second paragraph, you should give a detailed account of the visual Data: Noun"data/ˈdeɪ.tə/ US /-ţə/
    group noun [U]
    information, especially facts or numbers, collected for examination and consideration and used to help decision-making, or information in an electronic form that can be stored and processed by a computer:
    The data was/were collected by various researchers.“>data reflected in the graph or chart.
  • Do not try to describe the graph in a linear or sequential order. Instead, you must develop a nonlinear and profound understanding of the Data: Noun"data"/ˈdeɪ.tə/ US /-ţə/

    group noun [U]

    information, especially facts or numbers, collected for examination and consideration and used to help decision-making, or information in an electronic form that can be stored and processed by a computer:

    The data was/were collected by various researchers.

    “>data.

Providing an Overview

Important Tips

  • You can write your summary Either: Determiner / Conjunction"neither /ˈaɪ.ðəʳ/ /ˈiː-/ US /-ðɚ/
    determiner
    both:
    Unfortunately I was sitting at the table with smokers on either side of me.
    either (CHOICE) /ˈaɪ.ðəʳ/ /ˈiː-/ US /-ðɚ/
    determiner, pronoun, conjunction
    used when referring to a choice between two possibilities:
    Either candidate would be ideal for the job.
    "Do you prefer pork or beef?" "I don’t like either."
    "Would you like the metal or plastic one?" "Either will do."
    You can get there by train or bus – either way/in either case it’ll take an hour.
    We can either eat now or after the show – it’s up to you.
    Either you leave now or I call the police!

    either (ALSO) /ˈaɪ.ðəʳ/ /ˈiː-/ US /-ðɚ/
    adverb
    used in negative sentences instead of ‘also’ or ‘too’:
    I don’t eat meat and my husband doesn’t either.
    "I’ve never been to the States." "I haven’t either."
    They do really good food at that restaurant and it’s not very expensive either.“>either in British or American English style, but you need to be consistent throughout your summary.

  • As it is Typical: Adjective"typical"/ˈtɪp.ɪ.kəl/ adjective

    1. showing all the characteristics that you would usually expect from a particular group of things:

    I must look like the typical tourist with my shorts and my camera.

    2. DISAPPROVING showing all the bad characteristics that you expect from someone or something, often in a way that is annoying:

    It’s just typical of Ian to spend all that money on the equipment and then lose interest half way through the course.

    “>typical of any writing task, it is strongly recommended that you proofread your own report for Possible: Adjective

    "possible"/ˈpɒs.ə.bļ/ US /ˈpɑː.sə-/
    adjective [+ (that)]
    that might or might not happen:
    It’s possible (that) Mira might turn up tonight.
    "Do you think he’ll end up in prison?" "It’s very possible."
    That’s one possible solution to the problem.“>possible mistakes.

Recognizing 

Verbs to Describe the Data

  1. Decline 
  2. Decrease: Verb"decrease"/dɪˈkriːs/ US /ˈdiː.kriːs/
    verb [I or T]
    to become less, or to make something become less:
    Our share of the market has decreased sharply this year.
    We have decreased our involvement in children’s books.
    decrease /ˈdiː.kriːs/
    noun [C or U]
    There has been a steady decrease in the number of visitors.
    I haven’t noticed much decrease in interest.“>Decrease 
  3. Fall 
  4. Grow 
  5. Increase 
  6. Plummet 
  7. Rise 

Intensifiers to Describe the Data

  1. Considerably
  2. Dramatically
  3. Gradually
  4. In the same way (making comparisons)
  5. Moderately
  6. Noticeably
  7. Rapidly
  8. Similarly (making comparisons)
  9. Sharply
  10. Slightly
  11. Slowly
  12. Steadily

Another Dominant Structure

ThereArticleAdjectiveDescriptive NounPrepositional Phrase (in what)
  • There is
  • There was
  • There has been
  • There will be
a(n)
  • ascending
  • considerable
  • descending
  • downward
  • dramatic
  • gradual
  • insignificant
  • moderate
  • noticeable
  • Rapid: Adjective "rapid"/ˈræp.ɪd/
    adjective
    fast or sudden:
    The 1990s were a period of rapid change/growth.
    I was startled by a rapid movement to my left.
    His response to the accusation was rapid.“>rapid
  • sharp
  • significant
  • slight
  • slow
  • steady
  • upward
  • decline
  • Decrease: Verb"decrease"/dɪˈkriːs/ US /ˈdiː.kriːs/
    verb [I or T]
    to become less, or to make something become less:
    Our share of the market has decreased sharply this year.
    We have decreased our involvement in children’s books.
    decrease /ˈdiː.kriːs/
    noun [C or U]
    There has been a steady decrease in the number of visitors.
    I haven’t noticed much decrease in interest.“>decrease
  • drop
  • fall
  • fluctuation
  • grow
  • increase
  • rise
  • trend
in something

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