Task One – Academic

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO

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TWO KINDS OF CHARTS – DIFFERENT VOCAB FOR EACH

IELTS TASK ONE WRITING


DO IT NOW! (4)
NUMBER OF VISITS TO MUSEUMS 2010 – 2014

Again this chart  is easy to read and understand, but how can you write about it? Once again if you write about everything, you’ll have much too much information and will waste your time in the test. You need to look at the main trends or, important ideas. What are the main things that you can see easily? If your friend couldn’t see the chart, but was interested, what would you tell them?  

TIP: This is a static chart (no changes over time) so the examiner will expect to see comparatives (more than / fewer than / the largest / the smallest / the most / the least,  etc).

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Write your response. THEN have a look at the response below.

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 DO IT NOW! (3)
gold medals won at the 2012 olympics 

A chart like the one below is easy to understand, but tricky to write about. There are lots of things you could say. In fact there is far too much information. You will need to choose the main ideas.

So what are the main ideas? Look at the chart and think about what you can learn quickly.

These are the things I saw:
1. The US won in all categories.
2. The top 4 countries had much higher numbers of medals than the remaining 6 countries.
3. Two countries were out of order if you looked at the total number of medals they won.

What did you see? Once you’ve worked out what the chart is about and what the main ideas are, you are ready to start writing. So check ‘what you need to do’ below … and … start writing!

TIP: Many students forget about the subject and start writing sentences that are quite silly if you think about them.
America was biggest. The smallest country was Australia.
Oops! ‘Countries’ are not the subject. Australia is definitely NOT the smallest country. The subject is ‘the number of medals won at the Olympics’. Make sure that your subject is always clear!

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Write your response. THEN have a look at the response below.

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DO IT NOW! (2)
AVERAGE RAINFALL IN CAIRNS  

Consider the patterns that you can see. What can you see with a glance?

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Write your response, then have a look at the example below.

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