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Writing Task 1

  • The students who are planning to go abroad for their further studies will attempt the IELTS academic writing task1
  • Academic Task 1 includes process, chart or graph which needs to be discussed.
  • Those who are planning to emigrate will attempt the IELTS general training writing task 1. This includes letter writing.

A Complete Understanding

IELTS Writing Task 1 Necessary Information

  • Time : Candidates will have  20 minutes  to complete this task.
  • Word Limit : Candidates will have to write at least 150 words or more.

Areas of Assessment


Writing will be assessed by the criteria mentioned below by the examiner. Each worth 25 % for writing task 1.

  1. Task Achievement – clearly presents a fully developed response 
  2. Coherence and Cohesion –  skillfully manages paragraphing 
  3. Lexical Resource – uses a wide range of vocabulary with very natural control
  4. Grammatical Range and Accuracy – flexibility and accuracy with very rare minor errors.

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1

  • Graph
  • Chart
  • Process



In the academic writing task 1, you will be given 2 graphs and you will have to compare the two graphs by making comparison and stating the main points.




The Writing Task 1 of the IELTS Academic test requires you to write a summary of at least 150 words in response to a  particular graph (bar, line or pie graph), table, chart, or process (how something works, how something is done).                       This task tests your ability to select and report the main features, to describe and compare data, identify  significance             and trends in factual information, or describe a process.

The chart below gives information about Someland’s main exports in 2005, 2015, and future projections for 2025.Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant. 

Model answer

This bar chart illustrates the performance of Someland’s primary exports in 2005 and 2015. It also indicates future projections for 2025. According to the data, it seems likely that international tourism will become the dominant industry, although dairy exports will remain strong. In 2005, we can see that tourism was the greatest exports earner of the three industries, with revenue standing at just over $6 billion.

This figure has increased slightly, so that now, in 2015, it has reached almost $7 billion. It is estimated that international tourism will continue to grow, so that by 2025, it will be earning around $8 billion for the country. In 2000, dairy exports were worth around $5 billion, but since then there has been a dramatic increase, and sales for this year are approximately $8 billion. Experts are predicting that exports in this area may fall slightly, so a figure of $7.5 billion is expected for 2025. Meat products are the third key industry in Someland, but sales have dropped since 2000 and now stand at $3.5 billion. It is expected that sales will continue to decrease in the future.

(187 words)


In IELTS Writing task 1, there is possibility of having a diagram in it. Below is an IELTS writing task1 diagram with model answer.



Model answer

The given eight-step cycle depicts the production of deep-fried salted peanuts of one specific manufacturer. First of all, the process begins with the collection of raw peanuts from the crops, and then the hard layer of them is removed in the second step, before packing them in the large boxes weighing 50 kilograms each. Later on, these nuts are transported to the warehouse where all the boxes are emptied in a huge container. After that, these peanuts are fried in oil for five minutes, at the temperature of 190 degree celsius. The next step is a cooling process of fried nuts and addition of salt for seasoning. Once the flavour is added to the product, procedure of packaging initiates. At this point, packing is again done in boxes but in four different weights; 100 grams, 250 grams, half kilogram and 1 KG. At the end, it is delivered to the wholesalers which further deliver the item to the retailing shops. Overall, whole process starts with picking up the peanuts, lead towards frying and then delivering to the shops after packaging

IELTS General Writing Task 1

IELTS General writing task 1 includes writing a letter. Letter could be of two possible types :

  • Semi – Formal
  • Formal

IELTS General Writing Task 1 – Strategy & Tips

  • Word limit should be 150 words at least.
  • Spend about 20 minutes on this task.
  • Topics will be of general interest.
  • Do not write your address in the letter.
  • Make 4 paragraphs.
  • Each paragraph should cover each prompt respectively.
  • Letter should not contain a conclusion.

Format of Letter

Write a letter to shop and ask

a) If they have the books you want.

b) Ask the prices.

c) And how long they will be able to hold the books.

(Model answer)

Dear Sir,

I am writing to en quire if you have books on IELTS that I want to buy. I have tried shops in my own town but they don‛t have exactly what I want.

I want The Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS: for Academic & General Training – book by Amanda French, Pualine Cullen and Vasenna Jakeman and also IELTS test builder 2 by Judith Ash and Sam McCarter.Do you have these books in stock or, if not, will you be able to order them soon? I also need to know what price you charge for these items. If you do have these things, would you be able to hold them for me and for how long? I am free this weekend and, if you have them, I can come over on Saturday morning to pay you and pick them up.

Please write back to me as soon as possible at the above address or call me on my mobile number (+92 335 422 7776). I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Basit Ahmed

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