IELTS Writing Task 1:

Lessons, Tips and Strategies

In the IELTS writing Task 1 for academic you have to describe some kind of graph, diagram, map or process. 

Here you will get all the tips and techniques you will need for writing about the Task 1, or to find out how to improve your score if it has been too low.

IELTS Writing Task 1 Lessons:

Intro Lesson: How to Write an Academic IELTS Task 1
This starter lessons tells you in simple steps how to structure and write a basic IELTS Graph. 

Lesson 1: Describing a Graph Over Time
This important lesson shows you what you must do to properly describe a graph or chart that has a period of time. 

Lesson 2: Describing an IELTS Pie Chart
In this lesson you'll learn how to write about a pie chart, with tips on how to best organize your answer and advice on the language to use. 

Lesson 3: Describing an IELTS Process
In this lesson you'll learn how to describe an IELTS process diagram, with information about organizing your answer and using the passive voice. 

Lesson 4: Describing two graphs together
Sometimes you get two graphs to describe together. This lessons shows you how to organize your answer if you do. 

Lesson 5: Common Language of Change
This lesson explains some useful sentence structures using some common language of change and you can practice the words with a gap fill. 

Lesson 6: Gap Fill - Bar Chart
This lesson is a gap fill in order to help you practice the language of comparison, contrast and percentages. 

Lesson 7: Gap Fill - Line Graph
This IELTS practice is a gap fill that helps you practice the language of change, which is commonly needed for IELTS task 1. 

Lesson 8: Common Language to Compare and Contrast
Compare and contrast language is needed for most graphs and diagrams so it is important to learn and practice it. 

Lesson 9: Describing IELTS Graphs: A Common Mistake
This lesson takes you through a mistake that is common when describing graphs in Task 1. 

Lesson 10: Describing IELTS Tables
This lesson provides you with IELTS practice for tables. It shows you that tables are not that different from other types of graph.

Lesson 11: Different ways to organize a graph
Find out about how there is more than one was to organize a task 1 graph, and learn how to write about a graph divided into 'age groups'.

Lesson 12: Gap Fill - Tables
Broaden your vocabulary knowledge and flexibility with this IELTS table gap fill exercse

Lesson 13: Using Prepositions
Learn how to use the right prepositions when you are using the language of change in a graph over time.

Lesson 14: Describing graphs in the future
Sometimes you may be given a graph to describe that is predicting what will happen in the future. View some strategies on how to approach a task 1 like this. 

Lesson 15: Gap Fill - Pie Charts
Broaden your grammar and vocabulary with this IELTS pie chart gap fill exercise

Lesson 16: Gap Fill - Process Diagram
Here is another gap fill, this time to improve your skills for writing about processes and using the passive. 

Lesson 17: Organising an IELTS Line Graph
If you want to achieve a high band score for your graph you must ensure it is well-organised. This lesson tells you more about one possible way of doing this.


These IELTS writing task 1 lessons provide you with practice for learning about all the various types of graph or diagram you may get.

It discusses line graphs, processes, bar charts, pie charts and tables and provides you with many other tips, advice and practice for the types of language you will need to use. 

IELTS Writing Clinic:

If you join the IELTS writing clinic you will be sent regular practice exercises to help you improve your writing for IELTS, for both the Task 1 and 2.

You can take part in the exercises and post your answers if you like. You can view the previous IELTS writing exercises here:

You can sign up by joining the IELTS buddy newsletter. There is a sign-up form on every page of the site, or you can do it here:

IELTS Writing Forum:

The writing forum is a place for you to discuss the test or ask questions about it. Reading previous questions asked may help you with things you don't understand so check out the forum here:

These are some useful topics and questions that have already been discussed:

And remember you can ask your own question if there is something in the test that you are unsure about. 

General Training Writing

There are also several lessons if you are taking the IELTS General Training rather than Academic IELTS.

In this case you have to write a letter.



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