IELTS online test
IELTS online test: IELTS Writing Task 1 asks you to write a summary of at least 150 words about some visual information, usually in the form of a graph or chart. You will need to pick out the main features and describe and compare the data given.
The IELTS Writing Task 1 can prove to be quite difficult, especially if you have not prepared for it. There are some things that all graph or chart types have in common and other things that make them quite distinct. The type of language you’ll need will be different depending on the graph or chart that comes up on the day of the exam. However, the one thing they all have in common is the structure.
What is an overview?
To understand this we must look at the question. The question for academic task one is always the same:
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
We, therefore, need to provide a short summary of the main features. You do this in the overview paragraph by picking out 3-4 of the most significant things you can see and writing them in general terms. By general, I mean you do not support anything you see with data from the graph or chart, just write about what you can see visually
Now I want you to take an IELTS academic writing task one question. First, read the question carefully. After that, analyze the visual prompt. Then, write a clear and organized introduction. Finally, select the key features and practice writing an overview for it. You can type your response in the comment section below.
- Change the words in the question to introduce your answer, e.g. This graph shows = This graph illustrates.
- The second paragraph should give an overview of the main points the graph shows (imagine you’re describing the results to someone who can’t see the graph).
- The following paragraphs should describe the main patterns or trends in more detail.
- Use precise vocabulary like steadily declined and a sharp increase to describe trends. Use linking expressions like while and in contrast to make comparisons.
- The question asks you only to ‘Summarise the information’. Don’t give reasons why these trends might have occurred, or your personal preferences on the topic.