IELTS academic writing task 1: How to improve your score

IELTS academic writing task 1: How to improve your score

In this task, students are expected to summarize and compare information from a graph, chart, table or diagram, or a combination of these. The following table gives an overview of the don’ts and do’s of academic writing task 1.

 Don’ts Do’s
Copy the given introduction Rewrite the given introduction in your own language.
Example:
Given introduction: The bar graph shows the percentage of male and female academic staff members in different faculties of a particular university in 2008.
Rewritten introduction: The bar graph provides information about the proportion of men and women who taught in seven different faculties of a university in 2008.
Write the report in one paragraph. Write in small paragraphs: Introduction, 2 main body paragraphs and overview.
Write about each and everything given in the task. Look at the data carefully. Identify the most obvious features (e.g. highest/lowest values, major changes or trends) and report them.
Write your opinion about the data. Only summarize the given information and make comparisons where they make sense.
Illegible (difficult to read) handwriting. Write neatly.
Writing too few words. Count the number of words.

Task 1: minimum 150 words

Writing too many words. Count the number of words.

Task 1: maximum 200-210 words

 

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IELTS Cue Card # Describe a subject you enjoyed studying at school

Describe a subject you enjoyed studying at school.
You should say:

  • When and where you started studying it
  • What lessons were like
  • What made the subject different from other subjects
  • And explain why you enjoyed the subject
IELTS CUE CARD # DESCRIBE A SUBJECT YOU ENJOYED STUDYING AT SCHOOLSample Answer

Economics has been one of my favourite subjects since I was at school and was first introduced to this subject when I was in the 8th Standard. I was lucky enough to have the best teacher who taught me economics as she always had a manner of make it interesting. She never taught it like a normal subject but made it exciting by relating it to current situations and gave examples to explain the theory.
I had never thought that economics could be so interesting and invigorating and that is how the lessons used to be in school. We always had interactive classes where we were not only supposed to listen to the teacher but also put up questions and discuss them at length. No other subject was like this one as the others were more theoretical and based on certain principles. But economics was and still is a subject where one has to think out of the box and relate it to what happens in our day to day lives and all around us.
One thing I can say is that I thoroughly enjoyed the subject in my school and have pursued the same after completing my secondary education because of the practical essence and relevance this subject has in real life.

 

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IELTS Essay # Migration from rural areas

IELTS Essay, Migration from rural areas

Many countries today are experiencing high levels of migration from rural areas to cities. What are the causes of this trend, and what effects does it have on the existing city dwellers? Give reasons for your answer, and provide ideas and examples from your own experience.

You should spend about 40 minutes on this question. You should write at least 250 words.

Sample Answer

Migration from countryside to cities is growing at a very rapid pace. Various countries are experiencing this pattern today. In this essay, I will discuss the reasons as to why this happens and the effects it has on the inhabitants of the cities.
On one hand, the main cause of this is unemployment. Rural areas experience slow growth as compared to cities due to their remote locations and lack of basic infrastructure. There are several parts in my country, India that still have dirt roads and no electricity. Without basic facilities in place, it is very difficult for companies to come up and set factories and offices there. Moreover, majority of the people in countryside are engaged in farming. With modernisation of farming techniques and less dependency on manual labour, most of the people have lost their livelihoods leaving them with no choice but to flock towards cities.
Regarding the effects felt by urban residents, perhaps the biggest problem is overpopulation. Cities nowadays have become big concrete jungles where only a certain amount of people can fit in. It increases the burden on already over laden infrastructure. Local transports suffer exponentially and the number of vehicles on the roads increases rapidly, having detrimental effects on the environment. Accommodation becomes expensive as well as property markets skyrocket leading to hardships for people as many may never be able to buy houses in their lifetime.
To sum up, poverty and unemployment are the main reasons as to why people move from rural areas to cities. To overcome this issue, government should allocate a certain amount of funds from the budget for development of rural areas. Effective laws should also be put in place to regulate accommodation prices and city dwellers can be more welcoming towards people from the countryside. (297 Words)

 

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