I looked at Test 1, Writing Task 1 on page 29 of the Cambridge IELTS 13 (Academic) book with students. This is a map question which shows changes to a hospital’s road access in 2 separate years .
The aim was to try to get them to think about how they would approach this in the exam, and we can do this here too.
We’ll think about the information we’re presented with, then look at some suggestions for writing about the changes for our reader.
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In Writing Task 1 (Academic) you’ll be presented with some information. It can take a variety of different forms.
You might be given some data:
- bar chart/graph
- pie chart
- line graph
Alternatively, you might be given images:
- diagram – flowchart, process
The aim of Academic Writing Task 1 is to write a report, taking the information given, and summarising what is most important.
Some key points:
– The question will almost always ask you to:
“Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.”
Sometimes you will be given too much information – in that case focus on what is most important.
– This is an academic report. The language should be formal.
– You must write at least 150 words – under-length answers will lose marks.
– You should spend 20 minutes of the exam writing your report. (Task 2 is worth more and you might want to attempt Task 2 first – just a suggestion!)
You can structure all Task 1 answers as 4 clear paragraphs:
- An introduction – what does the graph/table/diagram etc. show? You can paraphrase what you’re given on the question sheet.
- An overview – what are the most important features or trends? What are the main changes?
- A body – describe the most important pieces of data in more detail, and use any figures in your report. Divide this into 2 paragraphs to make it clear for the reader to follow – one long paragraph isn’t as clear.
|3. Body 1
|4. Body 2
Leave a line between paragraphs to make it even clearer.
What not to include:
You should not give your opinion in a Task 1 answer. Just write about the information you’re given – identify the most important features, describe them and compare them.
You should not write a conclusion in a Task 1 response – an overview works just fine. (Your Task 2 essay will need a conclusion, however!)