IELTS Writing Task 1


IELTS Writing Task 1

Do you know how the examiner marks your writing paper? The key to success in IELTS Writing Task 1 is to give the examiner exactly what they want and nothing else.

Below are links to all the resources you will need on this site to do well in IELTS Writing Task 1.

Task 1 Writing Skills

IELTS Writing Task 1 Skills

No matter how good your English is you still need to learn some IELTS writing skills before you do task 1. Below are helpful guides that will take you through each of the skills step-by-step.

How to Write an Overview Paragraph 

Your overview paragraph is the most important part of your whole Task 1 essay. This article will show you how to pick out the main features and how to include them in your overview.

How to Paraphrase 

Paraphrasing is one of the most essential IELTS skills, not just in Writing Task 1, but in all parts of the IELTS test. You should paraphrase the question in every essay and I recommend doing this in the very first sentence to help boost your vocabulary score.

How to Write a Complex Sentence

Complex sentences help you boost your score for grammar. Complex sentences are actually very simple to write and are not complex at all- in this article we show you how.

How Many Words? 

Around 150 words? Exactly 150 words or over 150 words? How many words over? How do I know how many words I have? This article answers all those questions.

Task 1 Charts Checklist

This is a quick checklist that you can use for any Task 1 question to help you make sure you have everything you need to get your best possible score.

Task 1 Tips

Here is a list of all the tips I give my students doing Task 1.

The Danger of Synonyms

Synonyms are very important, but they can also really reduce you mark if used incorrectly.

6 Common Mistakes

The six most common mistakes that stop students getting over a Band 6.

Paragraphing and Editing

This article will show you how to make your writing as clear and as easy to read as possible. It will also give you advice on whether to use a pen or pencil.

Full Writing Task 1 Lessons

IELTS Writing Task 1 Lessons

Here are some lessons that I have used when teaching students about task 1. I have changed them so that you can easily learn at home.

Writing Academic Task 1 in 5 Easy Steps 

Task 1 can seem really difficult if you haven’t seen one before. This lesson breaks the question down into 5 easy to understand steps.

Charts Lesson

Charts are probably the most common Task 1 question. We show you what data to choose and how to describe it.

Maps Lesson

Maps are not very common, but they are the easiest (in my humble opinion). If you don’t learn how to do them, you will really regret it if one appears on your paper.

Multiple Charts/Graphs 

What should you do if you get two different charts or graphs? This lesson shows you how.

Process Lesson

Sometimes you will be shown a process such as a life cycle or how something is manufactured. This requires a very specific approach and we cover everything here.

IELTS Writing Task 1 Sample Answers 

IELTS Task 1 Samples

It’s very important that you have some good examples so that you can compare your writing and see if you are on the right track.

Bar Chart Sample Essay (Cars in Asia) 

Process- Cement and Concrete Production

Pie Chart (Italy and Yemen Populations) 

Process Question

Bar Chart Question (UK Telephone Usage) 

Line Graph (US Consumption of Energy)

Bar Chart Sample Answer (International Students)

Grammar and Vocabulary

Task 1 Grammar and vocabulary

Grammar and Vocabulary Guide

There are some very specific grammar structures and phrases you need to score high in IELTS Writing Task 1. We show you all you need to know.

Top 10 Grammar Mistakes

Here are some common grammar mistakes I have found after marking hundreds of tests.

Essay Correction Service

IELTS Writing Task 2 corrections

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General Training Lessons

Task 1 General Traning

For those of you taking the General Paper here are full lessons on how to write a letter in the first part of the Writing test.

How to Write an Informal Letter 

How to Write a Formal Letter 

Letter Writing Tips

GT Task 1 Strategy


IELTS Academic writing Task 1 Infogram

We are constantly adding to our IELTS Writing Task 1 resources, so if you have a suggestion please let us know. In the meantime, thanks for your patience 🙂

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  1. MSVCP140 says

    🙂 OK !

  2. bimbola01 says

    Christopher…words can’t even begin to express how grateful I am to you. I wrote ukviielts on the 3rd of December, and here is my result…
    Speaking- 7.5
    Writing – 7.5
    Listening- 9
    Band score…8.5
    Your website was indeed a helpful tool. Thanks so so much

  3. Gurminder Kaur says

    Thanx Chris..your site is preety benefical. It works like a helping hand in IELTS for not only students even the

    trainers too. Heartly thanx once again….

  4. Dokhar Bhrin says

    Today is my first day to study this course. I hope this course will help me and support me what I need. I really thanks teacher Chris.

  5. Dokhar Bhrin says

    Congratulation Lady!

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