How to prepare for IELTS Writing Task 1? (Updated 2019)

IELTS Writing Task 1

In IELTS writing task 1, the candidate will be asked to describe a pictorial form in his or her own words. The pictorial form could be a bar chart, a table, a line graph or a picture depicting a process. A combination of these input forms could also be given. Before writing your answer, the candidate is required to understand what is given and structure it well in a way that all important points of pictorial form is covered in the same. Candidate needs to write a minimum of 150 words.

How Task 1 Answer is Evaluated?

In evaluating writing task 1, following criteria are used:

  1. Detail and accuracy of answer
  2. Organisation of information and paragraphing
  3. Vocabulary and spelling
  4. Control of grammar

Each criterion is given weightage of 25%.

How to Organize your Answer?

You may organize your answer in the following format:

  1. Introduction
  2. Key features
  3. Paragraph A
  4. Paragraph B

While practicing, if you may follow this pattern, it will be easier to write answers during the exam and it will look good. The introduction usually is short and not more than 2 sentences. While practicing, try to do with solved ones and after writing, compare your answer to the model. This will help you to understand your weak points and improve on them.

Some IELTS Writing Tips:

  1. Practice all types of questions:

    There are 6 different types of pictorial forms that will be given in writing task 1. So, it is important to be familiar with answer structure of each form so that you will not face any difficulty during the exam.

  2. Identify key features:

    Most charts will have its highest and lowest categories as its key features. It is an essential part of your paragraph. So, it is necessary to identify keywords in the pictorial form given.

  3. Range of Words:

    For better paraphrasing of your answer, vocabulary can help you. So, try to use the biggest range of possible vocabulary. But, you should be careful with the usage of words, as you may lose a mark for making mistake.Also, spelling needs to be checked.

  4. Grammar:

    To aim for more than band score of 6, you need to familiarize with complex sentence structures. So, making grammar accuracy in the sentences you write is important. Else you will be losing marks. Hence, try to spend more time in learning grammar so that you can get more accuracy in writing answers.

  5. Compareing of Data:

    As you are given data, it is not required to compare everything. Only compare if it is required. This will help you to save time and make your answer apt to the question.

  6. Small Details:

    Try to avoid describing small details in detail. It will make paragraph unnecessarily lengthy and will not be impressive to the examiner.

  7. Conclusion

    You are not required to write a conclusion for the answer. So, avoid wherever possible.

  8. Noun and Adjective

    Try to change the noun and adjective phrases to verbs and adverbs. This will help you to express the same thing in different ways.

  9. Units:

    Need to be checked. It is always important to represent data in their accurate units. So, from the chart or pictorial given, take note of units present in it. If you misrepresent data with wrong units, it will leave a bad impression on the examiner.

Common Mistakes to Be Avoided in the IELTS Writing Exam

  1. Data:

    While writing key features, take care to not include data and instead describe in general terms.
    Disorganized Information: Students often tend to write about everything they see in the pictorial. This often leads to disorganized paragraphs. Hence, learn how to prioritize information from pictorial and write an effective essay.

  2. Over thinking:

    Even though question given may be simple, students tend to think too much and over complicate the question. As you are given only 20 minutes to answer, this over thinking may result in lesser time to complete the answer. Students will try to find data which is actually not given in the pictorial. But instead, an examiner will need data to be represented in the simplest way so that essay will be legible and more logical.

  3. Illogical clubbing of ideas:

    When students think about too many things at a time, it will result in a lot of things to write within the time limit and given word limit. So, most of the times, ideas will be grouped illogically and not in an order. This will create difficulty for the reader or examiner to understand easily. Hence, students need to do paraphrasing and clubbing of ideas logically.

  4. Precise representation of data:

    Sometimes, you will not be able to read data accurately or exactly from the pictorial given. So, better avoid presenting data too precisely, if you are not able to understand it from pictorial properly.

You can score well in writing section if you prepare in the right way. You can improve your English language writing skills by following writing tips, improving grammar and vocabulary and practicing sample tests as many as possible. So, plan and prepare well for your IELTS exam. In case you may require our expert guidance always feel free to reach out to us @ [email protected] or +91-120-653-3966 or check out AdmitKard.

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