IELTS Video Lesson - Writing Paper 1 Tips & Tutorials

IELTS Exam Writing Paper One - Test Tips

by Ian Nock
  • Watch the video above
  • Paraphrase the description of the figure on the paper. Do not just change or add a few words. This will not count. It must be very different.
  • Make one or two statements that comment on all the data. These should not include specific details. This is best put at the beginning or the end of your answer.
  • Include actual data to support your comments on the figures.
  • Group the data. Don’t just report it point by point.
  • Report highs, lows, similarities and differences, plus anything unusual. Make comparisons.
  • Describe only. Do not try to ‘explain’ the data.You must write at least 150 words, so make sure you count the number you have written as less than this will carry a penalty.
  • Start by writing a one sentence description of the chart or table. Try to use different words than those used in the actual title printed on the graph.
  • Compare & Contrast data
  • Include time the time interval of when things happen
  • Concentrate on major trends
  • write 150 words or a few more.
  • Spend 20 minutes on this section

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