IELTS Writing Task 1 Academic

IELTS Writing Task 1 Academic

Out of the two questions given in the IELTS writing exam, the first (Task 1) one expects you to be less creative, and answer it like it has a formula. It is advisable you undertake this aspect with a precise methodology to reduce chances of stress and anxiety while improving your score. In approaching the first task, your answers should contain:

First part: General

  •         Introducing the visual data
  •         Summarizing the key information of the visual data

Second part: Specific

This has to do with two main possible styles group by similarity or data set.

  •         Vividly provide each visual data set individually before comparing and contrasting
  •         Group data into categories that show distinctions with other data groups having different features

Tip: You do not have to make a conclusion since you aren’t giving an opinion or making an argument/point.


Phase 1: Introducing visual data

If the data source exists singly or in multiples, you should use an opening sentence such as;

The (data type)

shows (description)

in (geographical area)

(preposition + time frame) – Single


The (data type) shows (description)

while the (data type)

in (geographical area)

(preposition + time frame) – Multiple

In cases wherein you may not be able to group, apply a generic description such as:

The three sets of data present information on the various aspects of technology use in Western Europe over the last twenty years.

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