MASTERING IELTS ACADEMIC WRITING TASK 1
By Mr. David
Table of Contents
- Introduction: The Academic Writing Task 1 Module
- Task 1 Overview
- Understanding Visual Data
- Bar Chart Exercises
- Graph Exercises
- Table Exercises
- Pie Chart Exercises
- Diagram Exercises
- Map Exercises
- Writing about Visual Data
- Lexical Resource Exercises
- Cohesion and Coherence Exercises
- Grammatical Range Exercises
- Writing Tasks and Samples
- Bar Chart Tasks
- Graph Tasks
- Table Tasks
- Pie Chart Tasks
- Diagram Tasks
- Map Tasks
- Mixed Tasks
- Final Advice
Academic Writing Task 1: Introduction
Writing produces the lowest IELTs scores. Most candidates do not know how to write well in an English academic style. In the west, by the time you graduate from secondary school, you will have taken many English writing tests and had many classes focused on English writing, and this is for people for whom English is their native language. So for those who grow up in a non-English-speaking country, scoring a 7 or above in IELTS writing is extremely difficult.
Average IELTS Academic Scores World Wide 2018
Averages for my private students
Here are the results of my latest academic student
As you can see, even for excellent students, writing produces the lowest score.
In the west every field of study communicates data in the form of bar charts, graphs, diagrams, pie charts and maps. So you must write about such things like a western college student. If you fail to do this you will never get above 6.5.
The single biggest mistake I see in students is the desire for quick results. This is often based on unrealistic expectations. If you have not grown up writing in English, it is impossible for you to learn academic style in just a few weeks or few months. A lifetime of writing one way is not going to magically transform into academic English writing. Even if you grew up speaking English, that does not mean your writing will be good. It is something that has to be learned.
Secondly, in line with wanting quick results, people don’t want to put in the hours of study they need to learn and understand the conventions of English writing, which includes good grammar, spelling and punctuation. These things cannot be done overnight.
Thirdly, people who have never studied English writing foolishly think that the only way to learn to write well is to write. So they write poor quality essays over and over and over, and expect to improve by that alone. The reality is that you need to STUDY writing by reading good and bad material and studying it thoroughly.
After you study this module and do all the exercises you should be able to understand what good Task 1 writing looks like. Your job is to make your writing look like the 7.0 answers you will see in this module. Before that, study and do all the exercise and learn about how to fully understand visual data. For answers you get wrong you need to go back and consider what it was that made you chose the wrong answer. After that your writing will improve.
The goal of this material is for students to be able to consistently produce 7.0 and above quality BEFORE they take the exam. This is a task that requires consistent effort by the student. Whether you are advanced, intermediate or basic, this material will improve your writing.
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