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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.

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IELTS Writing Task 1 Lessons:


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. 

Types of Graph

Graphs Over Time
This important lesson shows you what you must do to properly describe a graph or chart that has a period of time. 

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. 

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. 

Two graphs together
Sometimes you get two graphs to describe together. This lessons shows you how to organize your answer if you do. 

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.

Task 1 Language

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.  

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. 

A Common Mistake
This lesson takes you through a mistake that is common when describing graphs in Task 1. 

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

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. 

Tenses for graphs, processes, and maps
This lesson gives you tips on the types of tenses you should know for the various types of task you could be given.

Task 1 Quizzes
Try out these quizzes which give you fun practice or a chance to test your knowledge of the variety of language used for academic task 1.

Useful Language for Graphs
This lesson provides you with useful language for IELTS writing task 1, focusing specifically on phrases for introducing graphs and phrases/lexis for describing change.


Organizing a Line Graph (Part 1)
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'.

Organising a Line Graph (Part 2)
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.

Overview of Academic Task 1:

Task 1 Quiz Exercises:

Check out our IELTS Quiz page for various interactive quizzes to test and teach yourself about the language for the IELTS writing task 1:

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. 

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