Tuesday, October 1, 2013
|Task 1: Understanding what you are writing about|
|IELTS - IELTS Writing Test|
from ielts tips
Problems: A common problem with many candidates is that they either…
- copy the title of the task in their introduction or…
- misunderstand what is being represented in the chart / diagram / graph etc.
The following exercises are to help you avoid doing either of the two things above because, if you do, it might mean a higher score!
Look at the line-graph below and read the title carefully:
Now, answer the questions below:
What is being shown? ______________________________.
Where did they visit? ______________________________.
When did they visit? ______________________________.
What is the value of the vertical axis? ______________________________.
What does the horizontal axis refer to? ______________________________.
Tourists are…a) things b) people c) places
What is the main verb in the title? ______________________________.
Can you think of words with similar meanings for the following words?
a) visit ______________________________.
b) tourist ______________________________.
When you’ve finished check the suggested Answer Key.
Tip: Before you start to write your Task 1 answer, spend 2-3 minutes identifying the following areas of the task:
1) What is being shown
2) Where it refers to
3) When it refers to
4) How it is measured
5) Who or what is involved (e.g.: “tourists” are people)
6) What the main verb is
7) Any words that you know with the same or similar meanings to the nouns, verbs and adjectives in the title.