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IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 - Are you doing it right?

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IELTS Academic Writing Task 1: You should be writing an overview and not a conclusion

The IELTS Academic Writing test is made up of two tasks, Writing Task 1 and Writing Task 2. The questions in the Academic Writing test are different to those in the General Training Writing test.

In Academic Writing Task 1, you will be shown a visual representation of information; a graph, table, chart or diagram, and you are asked to summarise, describe or explain the information you see. Make sure you organise your response into three main parts, the introduction, an overview and the main features supported by figures from the diagram.

You should not write a conclusion for IELTS Academic Writing Task 1. You should write an overview of the information.

What is the difference between a conclusion and an overview?

Firstly, a conclusion is a final judgement, decision or opinion. This is perfect for the task 2 essay, but task 1 asks you to write a description without analysis or opinions. An overview is a simple description of the main points. It is a summary of the information shown on the graph or chart. Secondly, a conclusion is at the end of a piece of writing.

Structure of IELTS Academic Writing Task 1
  • Introduction - what the chart shows
  • Overview - summary of information shown
  • Main body - main features supported by figures from the chart