IELTS Writing Task 1 planning

Making a good plan when doing IELTS writing task 1

What you need to do in IELTS writing task 1.
The Writing Task 1 of the IELTS Academic test requires you to write a summary of at least 150 words. This writing responds to a particular visual graph (bar, line, or pie graph), table, chart, or process (how something is developed or done).

IELTS Writing Test

In the IELTS Writing test, candidates are required to complete 2 writing tasks. Each task has a different requirement, and candidates have 60 minutes to finish them.

Task 1 must be done within 20 minutes, and the word count minimum is 150,
and task 2  must be finished within 40 minutes and at least 250 words.

How to make a good plan for IELTS Writing task 1

In IELTS writing task 1, you are asked to write a report based on visual information; a table, a chart, a graph, …)

We are going to look at the steps to make your writing better. 

  1. Analyzing ( this takes about 3 minutes.)
    Candidates should have close look at the chart, graph, or table, and find 
    – the topic
    – each segment, line, or bar represents
    – the measurement on both axes.
    – significant changes or differences
    – similarities in trends that they can group together.
  2. Plan ( spending approximately 2-3 minutes)
    Now it is time to decide how to organise the data
    And which are the most significant data points to support the response. Candidates will usually not able to include all the data, so candidates need to choose very carefully.
  3. Time to write ( this takes 10-12 minutes):
    a.) Introduction: First, candidate have to write the introduction; rephrase the topic of the chart, it should be as brief as possible, normally, the introduction is in one or 2 sentences only.
    b.) Overview: this section should have one or two sentences giving the overall information of the main trends, but this has no specific data needed.
    c.) Main features (Body paragraphs): Now candidates write the detailed paragraphs describing the trends with the details of significant changes and data describing them.
  4. Check your writing (spend 3 – 5 minutes):
    Now you’ve done the writing, and it is time to check if there are any problems of grammar, verb tenses, word forms, prepositions, or comparatives. 

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