Task 1 representation in Academic Writing

There are two different tasks in IELTS Writing for both modules. There is a difference in task 1 while task 2 is same. You have 60 minutes to complete both these task which are divided into 20:40 ratio. You are asked to describe:

  • one or more graphs, charts or tables
  • a diagram of an object, device, process or event. You have to include the most important points in the diagram. Some minor points or details may be left out.

You must write your report in 150 words and demonstrate your abilities to explain the given data in 20 minutes. Time management is a key skill which helps you to achieve the required score.

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SKILLS TESTED:

How well have you given a well-organised overview of the visual information using the appropriate language in its register and style.

Depending on the task type, you will be assessed on your ability to:

  • organise, present and possibly compare data
  • describe stages of a process or procedure
  • describe an object, event or sequence of events
  • explain how something works.

How you express your ideas in 150 words within 20 minutes:

  • You should write in an academic or semi-formal/neutral style.
  • Do not write your views in bullet points. You will be penalized if your answer is not written as a whole piece of connected text.
  • Do write in paragraphs and explain one idea in one paragraph.
  • First write the topic sentence to introduce your idea, than explain it.
  • Block your paragraphs. Divide 150 words into three or four paragraphs accordingly; it means more or less 50 words in each paragraph.
  • Be sure that you have made comparisons, explained all the main points of the graph/chart/diagram/table, and summarized it in the end.
  • If you write less than 150 words you are penalized and marks will be deducted.
  • If you write more than 150 words you will get no marks.
  • A longer Task 1 answer means that you have less time to spend on Task 2, which contributes twice as much to your writing band score.
  • You will be penalized if your description does not relate to the topic.
  • Do not include any irrelevant information, to avoid this you must make a mind map.
  •  (i.e. you must not use notes or bullet points).
  • You will be severely penalized if your writing is plagiarized (i.e. copied from another source).
  • Furthermore, do not just copy the words given in the graph/chart/diagram/table or question but paraphrase them.
  • You must write your answer on the answer sheet.

Source: http://www.ielts.org

http://www.britishcouncil.org

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Informal Letter Writing in General Training Module

There are two tasks given in the general training module, one is letter writing and the other is an essay writing. You are given 60 minutes to complete both these task which are divided into 20:40 ratio.

Most of us know how to write a letter since our school days and know that how to write a formal or informal letter. In IELTS you are asked to write a formal, semi-formal or an informal letter of 150 words. It is the task number one which you are required to finish in 20 minutes, while writing you must remember the following points.

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  • You need not to write any address.
  • Your answer must be of 150 words; if you write less than 150 words you are penalized and marks will be deducted and if you write more than 150 words you will get no marks
  • You must answer all the bullet points given in the question. If you leave any point, marks will be deducted.
  • Mostly there will be three bullet points in the question.

Here is an example of an informal letter writing question taken from Road to IELTS which helps me in preparing my exam. Infact, I have done all my preparation from Road to IELTS, and I hope it will also helps you.

  • Before starting your letter brainstorm your ideas and make a mind map of all the bullet points.
  • Block your paragraphs. Divide 150 words into three or four paragraphs accordingly; it means more or less 50 words in each paragraph.

Look at the answer.

If you have any question feel free to ask me.