IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 Activity

Today’s post is about IELTS Academic Writing Task 1. I have taken this handout from and use it in my class room but you can do it on your own. This activity tells you how to explain the graph according to the assessment criteria in 20 minutes.

  • First do the Exercise 1 “Understanding the task and data”
  • answer the questions 1 – 7
  • now look at the sample answer
  • do the Exercise 2, ‘Analyzing a sample answer’.
  • go through the sample answer
  • check the assessment criteria
  • start the actual sample task.
  • you are not expected to reproduce the sample answer word for word but to use the best aspects of it as a model.

* Key to Procedure steps for writing your sample answer is given along with the assessment criteria on Page 1 of the answer keys.

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 Activity – Student’s Worksheet

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 Activity – Sample Task

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IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 Activity – answer keys

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IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 Activity – Sample Answer



Identifying writer’s views/claims in Academic Reading


Here is the post for those who are appearing in IELTS academic module. It is Identifying writer’s views/claims task and your answer will be Yes/No/Not given taken from. I have also attached two worksheets with answer keys taken from so that you can understand the task completely. It is for the group practice but you can do it alone.

  1. first solve worksheet 1.
  2. read carefully all the different answers given.
  3. than solve the worksheet 2.
  4. finally do the task.
  5. do not read the whole passage.
  6. do skimming and scanning.
  7. check your answers.
  8. read carefully all the explanations given for the answers.

Additional information –Tips for this task

  • It is important to remember that the answer is always in the text.
  • Do not use your own knowledge about the topic in the text or make assumptions –
    use only the information in the text.
  • If you’re not sure of the answer, don’t spend too long thinking about it. Choose an
    answer choice and move on.
  • This task type becomes much easier with practice – so practice a lot!

Worksheet 1

Worksheet 1 Answer Key (variations)

Worksheet 1 Answer Key

Worksheet 2

Text Page 1

Text Page 2

Sample Questions

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Explanation of Answers


short answer questions in Listening


Today’s post is about IELTS Listening short answer questions. Listen the recording carefully and answer the questions. You can also take help from the transcript attached.



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And here is a Ted talk for your listening practice:

flow – chart completion in general training reading

Hello my dear friend.

How was your previous year and what is your new year wish? You can write a good essay on it but do not forget to make a mind map.

So here is this years first task for general training module. It is a reading sample task – Flow-chart completion.

  • do not read the whole text.
  • read questions.
  • then read first sentence and last sentence of each paragraph.
  • then read the questions again and solve them as quick as a fox.
  • practice again and again and again.




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Sentence Completion Activity

Today I am sharing IELTS Listening sentence completion activity taken from Cambridge ESOL website Basically, it is a class activity which I use for my students but it is not necessary that you find a partner to solve it, you can do it alone.

In this activity you will learn how to do sentence completion questions by:

  • paraphrasing,
  • synonyms,
  • grammatical structures and
  • collocation.  (An arrangement or juxtaposition of words or other elements, especially those that commonly co-occur, as rancid butter, bosom buddy, or dead serious.)

There are two work sheets and a sample task. First solve both worksheets without listening the recording; try to solve each worksheet in 5 minutes. You may find exact answers in the recording, the words in the question are slightly different as paraphrasing or synonyms are used.

Try to do brainstorming to paraphrase the sentences or use synonyms to replace the key words. (See key below)

After finishing your worksheets A and B, start your sample task. Play the recording and keep in mind the possible paraphrasing and synonyms for the questions and to find answers that fit in terms of both content and structure.

  • must use a maximum of two words for the answer.
  • words should be taken directly from the listening text.
  • write in the space on your question paper and transfer to the answer sheet later.
  • From the tapescript underline the parts which contain the answers.

You may find the answer key below.

Worksheet A

Worksheet B

Sentence Completion Task Sample



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Answer Key



Matching Information in Reading


How are you? And how is your preparation?


Today, I am sharing sample questions of Matching Information for both general training and academic modules. Try to solve them several times unless you will get maximum score in shortest time. You can find the answer key in the end.

Happy preparation!

General Training Matching Information 

Academic Reading Matching Information

IELTS Reading Answer Sheet


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Notes, Diagram Completion & Matching in LISTENING

Today’s IELTS listening activity covers:

  • Section 3: an educational talk among two or more people, such as a class discussion.
  • Question Types are Notes, Diagram Completion & Matching.
  • With the instruction NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER.
  • There are 10 questions.


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IELTS Listening Answer Sheet



Today’s TED Talk I have selected for your practice is about leaders.

In this fun, short talk from TEDYouth, lexicographer Erin McKean encourages — nay, cheerleads — her audience to create new words when the existing ones won’t quite do. She lists out 6 ways to make new words in English, from compounding to “verbing,” in order to make language better at expressing what we mean, and to create more ways for us to understand one another.

Enjoy Listening!

Speaking Phase 3: Two-way discussion

I have discussed in detail about the speaking test as a whole, speaking assessment criteria as well as part 2 that is individual long turn. Today let us know something about Part 3 which is a two way discussion.

In this last phase the examiner will ask you questions related to the topic in part 2. These questions are in more depth and in general and abstract way.This is an opportunity for you to express yourself fully. You have 4 to 5 minutes to develop and raise your ideas.

Skills Tested:

This part tests your ability to explain your opinions and to analyse, discuss and speculate about the given issues.

Example Question

Let’s consider first of all how people’s values have changed.

• What kind of things give status to people in your country?
• Have things changed since your parents’ time?

Finally, let’s talk about the role of advertising.

• Do you think advertising influences what people buy?

Example Answer

 To win the match start your preparation now.

  • Start living in English. Eat, drink, sleep and think in English. Talk to other candidates in
    English while you are waiting for your turn.
  • Most people are nervous in the Speaking test, and the examiner understands
    this. If you have an attack of nerves, pause and say, “I’m sorry, I’m very nervous.
    Can you give me a second?” Then take a deep breath and carry on.
  • Don’t learn your answers by heart. The examiner will spot this and will give zero
    marks for prepared answers.
  • Don’t get too stressed about getting everything absolutely correct. Everyone
    makes mistakes – including native speakers.


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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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.


Multiple Choice Questions

My dear friends I have told you earlier that before appearing in the IELTS exam you must know all the task types which you will encounter in your test. In this way you will be mentally prepared to approach and solve these questions.

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Here I am sharing Multiple Choice questions samples of both Academic and General Training Modules. In this way you will come to know the difference between both text types. I advice you to solve both tasks, it is just for your practice.