1 Academic Task 1 Overview
IELTS Academic Task 1 is a short report writing and the answer should be between 150 to 200 words. You are advised to finish task 1 writing in 20 minutes. The task 1 tests your ability to select and report the main features, describe and compare data, identify trends, or describe a process. You will be asked to convert a visual information source with a short report.
Academic Task 1 isn't as difficult as it sounds because it is just an 150 short report. It's answers are actually under some specified templates, which are easy to learn from high score model answers. Comparing them, you will see that they are highly similar and easy to figure out a few rules or formats to follow.
The task 1 is based on visual information source. Your first step is to understand them. The common visual objects are:
- Map and Other
In task 1's question type is independent from visual objects, the usual question types are as:
- Main information
- Compare data
- Show trend
- Describe process
The visual object list and question type list are two paths to prepare and practice Task 1 writing; but you should know that a question possibly consists of two or more visual objects and have more than one question types, such as summarize information and indicate trend. The real test task isn't limited to single visual object or single question type.
IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 needs you to understand and summarize any chart, diagram, or table quickly and correctly, then express your thinking accurately. Examiners will mark your writing based on categorizing data, linking ideas, complex sentences, vocabulary, and grammar.