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.
|Copy the given introduction||Rewrite the given introduction in your own language.|
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