Dealing an IELTS™ writing task 1 becomes a challenge for some people respectively. In many cases, people are perplexing to choose appropriate language to describe the trends in the question given. Probably, they are able to read and interpret the data, but they still have difficulty to report it in an academic written form. Therefore, the IELTS™ test candidates need to prepare themselves before they are going to take IELTS™.
Since I have been teaching IELTS™ for two periods, so I could say that there are some strict rules to do’s and don’t’s in IELTS™ writing task 1 especially for describing charts and process and comparing maps.
1. The first thing to do in answering IELTS™ writing task 1 is paraphrasing the question. Try to change the words in the question with its synonym or you can modify the sentence pattern from active sentence to the passive one. These ways are effective in terms to avoid a plagiarism.
2. Write an overview of the data given. This should include the summary of the data and information from the graph/chart.
3. Pay attention to the overall trends information to your paragraph. It might be fluctuating, remaining, rising, or falling in over the periods.
4. Use data numbers and language of trends to support your description. This means that every statement of paragraph needs to be supported by figures and not merely use words increase or decrease often in your report.
5. Divide your work into some paragraphs which consist of; introduction, body, and conclusion. This way is very helpful for the examiner to check your writing.
6. Use passive voice when it is appropriate into your writing. The reason to use the passive sentence in writing is to make it more academic and alleviate the pronoun used.
7. Write at least 150 words as the minimum number of words. It might sound elementary, but, it’s very important due to the examiner might lose your point and makes it under length.
In contrast, there are also several restrictions in dealing with IELTS™ writing task 1.
1. Don’t focus on describing the trends in details because it only wastes your time. Try to concern on main trends and features.
2. Don’t ever put your personal comments or give reasons for the data presented, such as; the data have dropped because of the crisis. Your job is only to describe the provided data and it is not a right time for you to know or state the background of the data given.
3. These seem quite difficult. However, you may practice all the tips here before the exams in order to remember. If you want to know more about how to get a better score in IELTS™, please contact SUN English for more information. (KQY)
4. Don’t make mistakes with the number you are quoting since they have got to be exact.
That’s the 7 DOs and 3 DONTs IELTS Writing Task 1. The rules seem quite difficult. However, you may practice all the tips here before the exams in order to remember. If you want to know more about how to get a better score in IELTS™, please contact SUN English for more information. (KQY)