So you've decided to take the IELTS exam, good for you!
It's the test for study, work, and life. The IELTS Writing Test is divided into two tasks.
The first task differs depending on the module you're taking.
There are two IELTS modules: the IELTS Academic Module is generally taken by
anyone intending to pursue higher education studies in an English-speaking Institute or country,
the IELTS General Training module is generally taken for immigration or employment purposes.
Here we look at the criteria of task response for Writing Task 1 and task achievement for Writing Task 2.
These represent one of four criteria on which you will be tested.
Look for the other three criteria in other videos.
These criteria focus on the degree to which the exam question has been answered properly.
In the academic module, there is a Writing Task at least 150 words where you should summarize, describe, or explain a table, graph or diagram.
You might be expected to make comparisons, too.
Successfully negotiating this Academic Task 1 means you will need to identify all the key features in the diagram.
You might lose marks if important details are left out.
Provide sufficient detail for a meaningful explanation, not too much detail, not too little.
Insure accuracy when referring to data, or describing trends or processes.
It's important to write a clear overview.
This means summarizing the most significant trends or features from the data or information in the diagram.
This is not simply an introduction to the topic.
That's a common mistake.
Here's an example of identifying significant trends.
Looking at this graph we would say,
from the graph it is apparent that participation of both men and women in full time employment has increased over this time period.
However while the numbers of women are generally increasing, the numbers of men in part-time employment are fluctuating.
In a question requesting a process description, the overview might identify the key stages in the process,
for instance how many stages there, and what each are briefly.
In the General Training module there is a letter Writing Task of least 150 words.
In this Task, explain the reason for the letter,
include all the points mentioned in the question and use a consistent and appropriate tone.