IELTS Essay Writing Tasks provided with Tips

By | May 2, 2017

IELTS Essay Writing Task 1

In the academic module, Task 1 is always a presentation of data on a specific topic. This is presented in the form of a graph or a diagram. Whatever the data is, the question format is always the same. So to answer part 1 question effectively and gain maximum possible marks on achieving the task requirements you should make sure that you do the following in your answer:
Total Time: 1 Hour

  1. Introduce the subject
  2. Explain the main features with data
  3. Show trends with data  
  4. Make a conclusion


Tip 1

It is important to remember that you only have 1 hour for the writing test, so you must make sure that you do not spend more than 20 minutes completing part 1 as it is only worth 33% of the marks available for the writing.

Tip 2

You will lose marks if you do not write the minimum number of words required for each answer. The words counted do not include any words of the question title and are:
Task 1: 141 words (To be safe you should do at least 150 words)
Task 2: 241 Words (To be safe you should do at least 250 words)

In IELTS task 1 writing you have to describe the context on these kinds of writings, they are as follows

  • Bar graph
  • Line graph
  • Pie chart
  • Flow graph
  • Table graph

IELTS Writing Task 1 have to be described in 150 words(Not exactly but minimum words required) and they go over Vocabulary, Grammar, Ability, Coherence(intro, body, conclusion) usage made in writings or not. They will be calculated on these areas and marking is done.

How to manage time:

In IELTS writing section you get 1 hour of time and it is recommended to spend 20min on task 1 and 40min for task 2

IELTS Essay Writing Task 2

For both Academic and General Training Modules, the Writing Task 2 is the same. The answer is worth 66% of the available marks for writing, so you should allow 40 minutes to complete Task 2. You are presented with a discussion topic and asked to discuss it and present your own opinion on it. The questions may vary, but the task requirements always remain the same.


Every essay question will have at least two possible views – for and against the discussion topic. To gain top marks you need to present both views before providing you own viewpoint in the conclusion.


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Tips for presenting a graph introduction in Task 1 writing

  • This line graph (bar graph/pie chart) shows (represents/demonstrates/illustrates/lists) the changes in —–(topic) between year and year(mention year’s).
  • Describe the movement of the graph (increase or peak/declined or decrease/ remain steady or stable), to describe in a different way learn some synonyms it helps you.
  • Show the variation(In which year’s the increase or decrease or steady) points clearly.

In future articles, I am going to give you a sample writing template to make the writings easy.

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