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IELTS Writing Task 1 Tips, Model Answers & More
Useful IELTS writing task 1 tips, answers, lessons & videos for success achieving a high score. This page contains all the information and help you need to do well. Learn about the IELTS marking criteria, paragraphing, vocabulary and much more. This page has tips for Academic writing task 1 and GT writing task 1 (see bottom of page).
IELTS Writing Task 1 Information
- IELTS recommend you spend no more than 20 mins on writing task 1. However, the time is yours to manage as you wish.
- You should write over 150 words.
- IELTS writing task 1 is worth only about 33% of your total writing marks.
- Task Achievement (25%)
- Coherence & Cohesion (25%)
- Vocabulary (25%)
- Grammar (25%)
- : IELTS Writing Task 1 Band Scores
- Academic writing task 1 is a report on a chart (bar chart, line graph, pie chart, table, map, diagram/process). See below for practice charts, model answers, tips etc.
- General Training writing task 1 is a letter only. GT letter writing tips can be found towards the bottom of this page. Click here for Information about GT Writing Differences. There are tips for letter writing, further down this page.
- All words will be counted and all numbers count as one word. See this page: How Words are Counted
- For more information about IELTS test rules, tips etc, see this page: IELTS Test 1 FAQ
IELTS Writing Task 1 Practice Charts
A collection of useful IELTS writing task 1 practice samples to develop your writing at home.
IELTS Charts for Practice : Academic Test Only
- Academic students may get bar charts, tables, line graphs, pie charts, maps and diagrams (processes).
IELTS Letters for Practice : GT Test Only
- GT students will only be given letters for task 1. GT students can find more tips lower down this page.
IELTS Writing Task 1 Tips & Free Videos
Free IELTS writing task 1 tips and videos for the right techniques and understanding the test more clearly.
- Essential Tips : How to Prepare for Writing Task 1
- Tips : How Many Words Should you Write?
- Tips: What tense to use in writing task 1?
- Tips : Penalty for Under the Word Count
- Video : How to Describe a Bar Chart with model answer
- Video : Map Language: 1
- Video: Conclusion or Overview Tips
- Video : Vocabulary for Accurate Data
- Video : How many Paragraphs
- Video : Official Writing Answer Sheet Tips
- Video : Line Graph 4 Main Sentences
- Video : Line Graph How to Write a Complex Sentence
IELTS Bar Chart Video
Learn how to describe a bar chart in IELTS writing task 1. You can find a model answer for this lesson here: Model Answer .
Writing Task 1 Model Answers
IELTS model answers for charts, graphs, diagrams, maps and tables.. Each sample answer is estimated band score 9.
- Diagram Model Answer
- Bar Chart & Pie Charts Model Answer
- Table Model Answer
- Map Model Answer
- Line Graph Model Answer
- Bar Chart Model Answer
- Pie Chart Model Answer
- Table Future Form Model Answer
- Line Graph & Bar Chart Model Answer
- Practise at Home: IELTS Sample Practice Charts
IELTS Writing Task 1 Practice Lessons
IELTS writing task 1 free practice lessons to help you develop skills and understand about the requirements of task 1 academic. More lessons will be added over time.
- Table & Pie Charts
- IELTS Diagram Rain Water
- Two Line Graphs: Exercise & Model
- IELTS Diagram Paragraphs and Organisation
- IELTS Life Cycle Diagram: Model & Gap Fill
- Bar Chart of Change over Time
- IELTS Line Graph Gap Fill Exercise
- IELTS Diagrams: Practice Exercise
- IELTS Line Graph: Vocabulary List
- IELTS Line Graph: How to Describe Guidelines
- IELTS Line Graph: Exercise & Model
- Task 1 Introduction Paragraph Practice
- IELTS Map: Comparison Exercise
- IELTS Two Charts Practice: Pie Chart & Bar Chart
- IELTS Bar Chart: Practice Exercise
- IELTS Diagram Water Supply
- Grammar Accuracy: Practice & Tips
- IELTS Bar Chart: Introduction & Overview Practice
- IELTS Pie Chart: How to Describe a Pie Chart Step by Step
- IELTS Diagram: Introduction & Overview Practice
- Introduction Paragraph: Common Errors
- IELTS Bar Chart Sample Answer
IELTS General Training Letter
The following links are for IELTS candidates who are preparing for the General Training Writing Test. Your task will be asked to write a letter. You will not be writing a report as in the Academic Test. Use the links below to help you prepare:
10 Essential Tips for IELTS Letter Writing
How to Improve your IELTS GT Letter
Differences between GT & Academic Writing
General training model letters and practice exercises:
- Apology Letter: Model Answers Formal & Informal
- Amendment Letter: Model Answer 2017
- Complaint Letter: Model Answer
- Complaint Letter: Error Correction
- Letter to a Friend: Model Answer
- Invitation Letter: Model Answer
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IELTS Model Essays eBook
Packed full of Band 7, 8 and 9 IELTS model essays, each with tips and advice
This is the latest IELTS buddy eBook, designed to show you the kinds of essays that will achieve a high score in IELTS, each with tips and advice.
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The IELTS buddy model essays are packed into this eBook so you can have easy access to view them all.
It's an interactive eBook with a clickable table of contents to quickly take you to the essay you want to read.
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The eBook is packed full of high-scoring IELTS essays so is an excellent resource for studying how to write IELTS essays - from understanding the types of topics that come up to structuring your essay and presenting your ideas.
Each IELTS model essay has tips and advice to help you understand the approach to writing it and why it was a good essay. These tips will mainly focus on aspects related to the IELTS grading system, namely:
- Task Response
- Coherence and Cohesion
- Lexical Resource
- Grammatical Range and Accuracy
The chapters of the eBook are divided up into the common types of questions that appear in IELTS for easy reference, which are:
- Agree / Disagree
- Discuss Two Opinions
- Causes (and Effects; Solutions; Pros/Cons)
- Problems and Solutions
- Advantages and Disadvantages
- Other Types of Questions
How does it differ from IELTS Made Easy: Task 2?
You may have also seen our IELTS Made Easy: Task 2 eBook .
If you are thinking of purchasing only one of these or perhaps wondering whether you want both, you will likely want to know the key differences .
The Model Essays eBook is as it says - it is full of model essays and each one has some general tips and comments (see the sample pages below). There aren't activities or tasks included in the book.
Task 2 eBook
However, the Task 2 eBook is a structured course that builds up your IELTS essay writing skills step-by-step.
Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of essay writing, such as how to analyse the question and brainstorm, how to organise your answer, and how to quickly write an essay that is well-organised with the right grammar.
The Task 2 eBook also has a lot of practice activities and exercises for you to hone your writing skills. There are model essays included in the Task 2 eBook as well, but it's not the main focus.
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IELTS Writing Task 2
Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages? Sample Answer
Watch the video lesson on... Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
The task requires you to give your opinion (level of agreement) about a statement.
The key word here is “outweigh” . This means you are expected to take a position (give your opinion). There are 2 advisable positions to take which you should state clearly in your introduction and expand in your body paragraphs.
A. The advantages (disadvantages) totally outweigh disadvantages (advantages). In other words, you chose 100% for one or the other.
B. The advantages and disadvantages are equally important. In other words, you chose both are equally valid. 50 - 50.
If you take the position of “partly” or “mostly” outweigh, it becomes more difficult to write since you will need to give more reasons for one side than the other and your answer will be unbalanced.
It's advisable to choose position A or B
In contemporary society youngsters spend a sizeable amount of their leisure time watching television. This essay will detail the reasons why the benefits and drawbacks are of equal importance.
For children, there are several advantages to watching television. To begin with, the educational content of certain programs can broaden their knowledge. TV channels such as National Geographic provide a variety of educationally rich content that enables youngsters to learn about other cultures and the natural world. Moreover, from the perspective of entertainment, television can help children relax, especially during periods of pressure at school such as the exam season. These relaxation periods are essential for pupils to reinvigorate themselves which, in turn, can energize them to approach their schoolwork with renewed motivation.
On the other hand, the downsides of excessive TV watching cannot be ignored. For instance, watching TV is a passive activity that can lead to a sedentary lifestyle that can have a negative impact on children’s physical health. It has been proved that one of the factors contributing to the increasing number of obese children is a lack of physical exercise. Additionally, some TV shows may contain content that is inappropriate for minors, such as excessive violence or certain vices. Therefore, parental guidance through the monitoring of what children watch is important. In conclusion, there are several positives such as the educational value and the relaxation time that watching TV can provide. However, the negatives should not be forgotten and include unsuitable programs for youngsters and an inactive lifestyle.
Sample: Advantages Outweigh Disadvantages. PDF
IELTS discussion essay: model answer and analysis
Updated : February 2024
Below is an IELTS question for writing task 2 and my model answer. It is on the topic of Education. After analysing the question, I can see that it’s about whether homework is a good idea or not in helping kids in their educational development . It asks me to discuss both views and also asks for my opinion .
In this case, you must state your opinion in the introduction, the body and conclusion.
In this essay I will need to do 3 things:
- Write about why some people think school children should not be given homework by their teachers.
- Write about why other people think homework plays an important role in the education of children.
- Give my opinion on the issue and explain.
Some people believe that school children should not be given homework by their teachers, whereas others argue that homework plays an important role in the education of children. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
Some people think it is not a good idea for teachers to assign home study tasks to school children, while others say it is an essential part of learning. I believe pupils need homework to achieve better exam results as it gives them a chance of entering higher education.
On the one hand, some believe that homework is of no benefit and becomes a burden to school children. This is because pupils spend their whole day studying, taking part in after school clubs and feel exhausted after returning home. For instance, in Japan, the majority of minors are under pressure to complete vast amounts of homework along with extracurricular activities. If they fail to finish their assignments they may not do well in exams, meaning they would be unable to get into a good high school. I think home assignments are beneficial but children should not be put under this kind of pressure.
On the other hand, it is widely believed that homework plays a vital role in the development of knowledge for students and I agree with this. In other words, home study tasks help pupils understand school subjects better which allows them to attain higher grades. For example, according to extensive research, children aged between 10 and 16 who are given a large amount of mathematics homework do far better in tests than those who are not given any home assignments. I believe that home study tasks improve a child’s chances of entering tertiary education which leads to a rewarding career.
To conclude, although views differ concerning children being assigned homework, I would argue that home assignments are necessary to help pupils get high grades, enabling them to secure a place at university and improve their career chances.
Click this blue button to see an analysis of the model answer.
Word count is 290 words. I advise keeping it under 300 words as you may not have the time to write a long essay in the exam and it is not necessary to write a very long essay.
The structure is:
- Introduction: Paraphrased task question with a thesis statement (opinion)
- Main body 1: Discussed first view, explained and gave an example with my opinion.
- Main body 2: Discussed second view, agreed, explained and gave an example.
- Conclusion: Referred to the differing views, opinion rephrased
Make sure to check the task question again before writing your essay. you could lose a band score if it goes off-topic.
Planning time is crucial here, allow 10 minutes to plan an essay and make sure you have some good supporting points to back up your topic sentences.
With a discussion essay, you have to state others views and give supporting sentences with detail and specific examples. Discussion essays often ask your opinion. Click here to see this lesson about stating an opinion.
When we state others views, especially in IELTS Discussion essays, there is specific language that should be used. For more detail on this, click here to see this lesson.
There is a lot of confusion about whether to use personal pronouns in IELTS essays (I, me, my, our, etc..) but if the question asks to ‘what extent do you agree?’ or ‘give your own opinion’ then you need to write personal pronouns… click here to see a lesson on this .
Note on paraphrasing: I have paraphrased the word ‘ homework’ in this essay with the phrases ‘ home study tasks ‘ and ‘ home assignments’ . Sometimes there is no way to avoid repetition but if you have a good understanding of synonyms and referencing you can avoid too much repetition. There are often words that are hard to paraphrase such as ‘people’ or ‘children’.
Not every word from the task question needs paraphrasing and you can repeat words as long as you can demonstrate a wide range of vocabulary. Be very careful not to over paraphrase.
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