In this IELTS Writing Task 1 lesson, you’ll learn how to accurately analyze charts, maps, and process diagrams. I explain how you can use a question checklist to practice your Task 1 analysis abilities. I also give an example of each kind of Task 1 data set.
Here are the checklist questions from the video:
To improve your ability to analyze Task 1 data, use the questions below when you see a new graph, chart, map, or process diagram. After you’re comfortable with the checklists, gradually try to use them less and less until you can analyze the data more easily.
Graph or Chart:
- What are the axes (x and y)?
- What are the units of measurement? (e.g. amount, %, age, etc.)
- Is there more than one group being compared? (e.g. 3 different countries)
- Does it show change over time? (this is common for graphs)
- What are the time periods shown? (past, present, future)
- What is the general trend? (increase, decrease, etc.)
- Are there any large differences between groups or charts?
- Are there any groups or charts that share similarities?
- How can I break it into two parts?
- Is there more than one map being compared?
- What are the time periods shown? (past, present, future) Are they in different maps or the same map?
- What are the most noticeable differences between the multiple maps or time periods?
- What parts of the map are the same in both maps/time periods?
- Can the map(s) be easily broken into two parts? How?
- Where is the start of the process? The end?
- How many total stages are there?
- What kind of process is it? Is it a cycle or a linear (start to finish) process?
- What does each stage do? And what is its connection with the previous stage?
- What is the end result? Is something produced?
- Can the process be easily broken into two parts? How?
i need a demo where the chats maps or diagrams are explained precisely….
Firstly, thank you so much for your help and for this website. Please can you send to me the sample task 1 about process writing? And task 2 samples also
Can I get anything about academic reading?especially headings?
Thanks Lee,pls can you help me with all the materials.
Huu Mai Nguyen
Hi Lee, from what I’m seeing here, your advice focuses 90% on the overview of the report, which is not enough for a task 1. Since we need to plan out what key points to mention in each body paragraphs as well. And we need to consider “is this enough information to satisfy the Task Achievement?” when we decide to skip some information and focus on certain changes and trends. Most of the time I see, the more we focus on writing the “key points”, the more our Task achievement point will suffer because we did not mention all the listed items.
What is your take on this mater?
Good question. In regards to this video, the focus is on analysis rather than the writing process. Certainly, you do have to give more detail in the body paragraphs. However, you shouldn’t go through and just report each piece of data.
I think Lee’s description is accurate. This post is how to analyse question types, not write the report. In regard to task achievement, it isn’t necessary to describe every single figure, or every single difference on a map, for instance. To score 7.0 or above the candidate needs to answer every part of the question and present the key features clearly.
Hello everyone, I believe the writing task descriptions above are on Academic. Please I need help on general writing tasks.