Overviews and Conclusions in IELTS Writing Task 1

One of my students asked this question: What is the difference between writing an overview and writing a conclusion in IELTS Academic Writing Task 1? The answer is: not much. Both of them are about summarising the features of the graph or visual information. What is important, is that you need to show an overview […]

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Why you should always focus on quality in the IELTS test

When approaching a detailed graph in IELTS Writing Task 1 or planning your essay in Task 2, it would be a good idea to select your information carefully. Content plays a very important role in how your answers are assessed. Let’s take an example with IELTS Academic Writing Task 1: DoD Inspector General via Compfight […]

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How to create ideas for the IELTS Test

“I have no idea of what to write about or what to say on certain topics.” This is something I occasionally hear from students who experience a “mental block” when it comes to writing an answer to an IELTS essay topic or respond to an IELTS interview. One mistake students quite often make is relying on the teacher to […]

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Why IELTS students should avoid electronic dictionaries or translators

While training one of my students to use complex vocabulary in IELTS Speaking, I have noticed that she was relying quite heavily on using an electronic dictionary/translator to come up with various sentences. Unfortunately, much of what she was saying was rather confusing, as she had translated without considering whether or not the expressions used were appropriate to the […]

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IELTS Writing Academic Task 1

IELTS Writing Paper (Academic Module) Task 1 Summary: 20 minutes only Write at least 150 words Usually describing a chart but could be a graph or (rarely) a process Analysing data The strategy is the same for graphs and charts: Identify overall trends Group similarities and highlight differences Look for examples that support the trends […]

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Understanding structure in IELTS Writing Task 1

It is important that candidates understand how descriptions in IELTS Writing Task 1 are structured. Have a look at this example: The chart shows that Britain, among the four European countries listed, has spent most heavily on the range of consumer goods included. In every case, British spending is considerably higher than that of other counties; […]

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How to paraphrase words in IELTS Writing Task 1

From time to time, IELTS candidates may be given a diagram where they will have to describe the process of something. This means that you will have to write about how something happens, in stages. In a writing task like this, explaining why something is done is given less importance compared to how it is […]

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Making comparisons in IELTS Writing Task 1

One assessment requirement of IELTS Writing Task 1 is the inclusion of comparative structures to compare features in a graph, or if you’re lucky, two graphs! As your instructions always say: Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant. Many IELTS candidates tend to ignore this sentence and rush toward producing answers that […]

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Overviews in IELTS Writing Task 1

An important requirement in IELTS Writing Task 1 is the presence of an overview. When describing visual information, candidates need to be able to mention what the chart, table, graph, or diagram is about, through a summarising statement. This statement should not contain any details or figures, although there may be some exceptions. What your examiner needs […]

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How is my IELTS Writing assessed?

Quite often, when IELTS candidates do some self-studying, their main source of knowledge and reference is usually the internet, mainly Professor Google. This shows a sense of resourcefulness on the student’s part when it comes to gathering study material for their IELTS preparations. Unfortunately, some of the information that is floating on the internet is […]

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