IELTS Writing Task 1

IELTSwritingtask1IELTS writing Task 1 is different for the IELTS General test and IELTS Academic test. In the general exam you need to write a letter such as an invitation to a friend, a complaint, an apology, making an arrangement, an application or something informative like a newsletter.

The IELTS academic exam writing task 1 consists of 6 types of charts such as process diagrams, maps, bar charts, pie charts, tables or line graphs. You will need to write a report about one of these, but remember it is very different to writing task 2.

In academic task 1 there must be an overview and a factual description of the main parts of the task, no opinion is given and do not write a conclusion for this type of task. This part of the test is worth one third of your marks for the writing section, writing task 2 is worth much more in marks. You only have about 20 minutes to complete writing task 1.

IELTS General Writing Task 1 Lessons

Guide to IELTS Academic and General writing task 1

Lesson on writing an informal letter in the General training

Lesson on writing a formal letter in the General training

Model answer for a formal letter: Job Application

Model answer for an informal letter: Selling a Laptop


IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 Lessons


Grammar and vocabulary:

Writing task 1 vocabulary: How to use ‘number, amount, figure, total, period

Vocabulary and Grammar for describing trends


Model answer: Floor plan lesson with grammar and analysis

Model answer: 2 Maps with key grammar and vocabulary

Process Diagrams:

Model answer: How geothermal energy produces electricity

Model answer: The process of making dairy products

Bar charts:

Model answer and analysis: Fast Food restaurants in the USA

Model answer: Bar graph about passengers using public transport

Model answer and analysis: UK Telephone calls

Line graphs:

Model answer and analysis: CO2 emissions in four different countries

How to write about Line graphs with a future trend

Pie Charts:

Model answer: Visitors to a museum, 2 Pie Charts with a Table and exercise.

Model answer: Fuel sources in France, double Pie Charts


Model answer and analysis: Underground railways in 6 cities


1. Line Graph

2. Pie Charts

ielts writing task 1 pie charts

3. Process Diagram

4. Maps

5. Bar Chart

bar graphs IELTS

6. Table


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