IELTS writing: task 1 tips

In our second post dedicated to the IELTS Exam, Venture English is going to talk about the IELTS writing test. This is a very tricky part, so we have divided the explanation into two different posts (visit again soon for part two!).


Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.
– Chinese Proverb

In the IELTS writing exam, you have one hour to complete two tasks:

TASK ONE refers to the description of graphic information, which can be given in 5 ways:  a line graph, bar graph, pie chart, table or diagram illustrating a process. Your text should consist of 150 words.

TASK TWO is an essay based on a topic given on the question paper. You should write at least 250 words.

Let’s go more deeply into Task One. First of all, look at examples of graphic information:

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And now some tips to take into account:

  • Don’t give your opinion or reasons about the information of the graphs. It is a report and must be descriptive and objective.
  • The structure could be: description of the subject of the data; indicating the main trend; talk about the most significant features; comparison between aspects of the data.
  • Every type of graph needs its accurate vocabulary: examples.
  • You have only 20 minutes for this task, so get training in explaining data.
  • Practise your handwriting; your score can down if your examiner can’t read your writing.

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