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How to reach band score 7 in IELTS Academic Writing Task 1

If you’re aiming for a band score 7 in IELTS Academic Writing, I know it may seem like an impossible task, especially under test conditions. So, here are two actions you can take to make it a more realistic target. Become familiar with the different types of IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 Learn how the examiner will grade your writing IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 Let’s start with the different types of task. In IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 you’ll be asked to summarise the information in a graph, chart, table or diagram (or more than one of these) in at least 150 words. This is important to know because you’ll need to look at examples of all of these before your test. You don’t want to spend all of your preparation time summarising graphs only to find in your test that your Academic Writing Task 1 is a diagram! Although there are certain features you need to include for all types of Task 1, the vocabulary and grammar you’ll need to summarise the information can change depending on the type of task. For example: To summarise the information in a graph, you may need to use vocabulary to describe changes over time, e.g. an increase or a decrease in a number.  To summarise information in a diagram, however, you may need to use vocabulary to describe stages, e.g. the first/second/final stage. IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 example question So, now you know what IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 can look like, let’s take a look at an example task and a band score 7 answer. (Click on image to enlarge), to find out more about our authentic practice tests click here. Before reading on, look at the maps and identify what you think the main features are, i.e. the places in each map and the differences between them. As you can see the town centre is going to be transformed with: the main road becoming pedestrianised the addition of a bus station, shopping centre, car park and new housing the addition of a ring road the loss of some countryside  a reduction in the size of the park. These are the main features and, as you’ll see below, you need to include them in your summary to get a band score 7. IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 band score 7 example answer The following is a band score 7 answer for the Writing Task 1 above from IELTS 12 Academic. If you read the answer you’ll see that the writer includes a clear overview and presents all the main features. Equally important is that all of the information is accurate, i.e. the information is the same as that shown in the diagrams, and it is organised logically. (Click on image to enlarge), to find out more about our authentic practice tests click here. Other reasons this answer got a band score 7 are: there are a range of linking words/phrases, e.g. ‘currently’, ‘overall’, ‘first of all’, ‘therefore’, ‘moreover’, ‘the next point’ and ‘to sum up’ there is some less common vocabulary, e.g. ‘modifications’, ‘predicting’ and ‘grouped’ there are different kinds of grammatical structures, e.g. ‘can be observed’ and ‘will disappear’ there are only a few errors in word choice and grammar, e.g. ‘A pedestrian way will deserve serve the central area’ and ‘new facilities such as a bus station and a parking’. I hope you noticed too that the writer didn’t give their opinion about whether the changes shown in the maps will be a positive or negative development. This is important because the task does not ask for your opinion, and it could affect your IELTS band score if you include it! If you’re wondering how this answer could be improved, one way would be to avoid repeating the overview and instead include some more details about the main features, e.g. ‘New houses will be built to the north and south of the pedestrian area’. So, to sum up, here’s how to get a band score 7 in IELTS Academic Writing Task 1. Watch my Facebook Live on how to reach band score 7 in IELTS Academic Task 1: {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/hR9eDJNerKc.jpg?itok=P68oF3pz","video_url":"https://youtu.be/hR9eDJNerKc","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":1},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive, autoplaying)."]}   I hope that a band score 7 now seems more achievable or at least you know exactly what you have to do. Pete PS You can find more sample answers in the authentic practice tests, all of which come with a band score and examiner comments.

Pete Jones

26 January, 2020

How to reach band score 7 in IELTS Academic Writing Task 1

Academic Writing Task 1

If you’re aiming for a band score 7 in IELTS Academic Writing, I know it may seem like an impossible task, especially under test conditions. So, here are two actions you can take to make it a more realistic target.
  1. Become familiar with the different types of IELTS Academic Writing Task 1
  2. Learn how the examiner will grade your writing
IELTS Academic Writing Task 1

Let’s start with the different types of task.

In IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 you’ll be asked to summarise the information in a graph, chart, table or diagram (or more than one of these) in at least 150 words.

This is important to know because you’ll need to look at examples of all of these before your test. You don’t want to spend all of your preparation time summarising graphs only to find in your test that your Academic Writing Task 1 is a diagram!

Although there are certain features you need to include for all types of Task 1, the vocabulary and grammar you’ll need to summarise the information can change depending on the type of task.

For example:

  • To summarise the information in a graph, you may need to use vocabulary to describe changes over time, e.g. an increase or a decrease in a number. 
  • To summarise information in a diagram, however, you may need to use vocabulary to describe stages, e.g. the first/second/final stage.
IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 example question

So, now you know what IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 can look like, let’s take a look at an example task and a band score 7 answer.

Page-50-of-IELTS-12-Academic

(Click on image to enlarge), to find out more about our authentic practice tests click here.

Before reading on, look at the maps and identify what you think the main features are, i.e. the places in each map and the differences between them.

As you can see the town centre is going to be transformed with:

  • the main road becoming pedestrianised
  • the addition of a bus station, shopping centre, car park and new housing
  • the addition of a ring road
  • the loss of some countryside 
  • a reduction in the size of the park.

These are the main features and, as you’ll see below, you need to include them in your summary to get a band score 7.

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 band score 7 example answer

The following is a band score 7 answer for the Writing Task 1 above from IELTS 12 Academic.

If you read the answer you’ll see that the writer includes a clear overview and presents all the main features. Equally important is that all of the information is accurate, i.e. the information is the same as that shown in the diagrams, and it is organised logically.

Page-126-of-IELTS-12-Academic

(Click on image to enlarge), to find out more about our authentic practice tests click here.

Other reasons this answer got a band score 7 are:
  • there are a range of linking words/phrases, e.g. ‘currently’, ‘overall’, ‘first of all’, ‘therefore’, ‘moreover’, ‘the next point’ and ‘to sum up’
  • there is some less common vocabulary, e.g. ‘modifications’, ‘predicting’ and ‘grouped’
  • there are different kinds of grammatical structures, e.g. ‘can be observed’ and ‘will disappear’
  • there are only a few errors in word choice and grammar, e.g. ‘A pedestrian way will deserve serve the central area’ and ‘new facilities such as a bus station and a parking’.

I hope you noticed too that the writer didn’t give their opinion about whether the changes shown in the maps will be a positive or negative development. This is important because the task does not ask for your opinion, and it could affect your IELTS band score if you include it!

If you’re wondering how this answer could be improved, one way would be to avoid repeating the overview and instead include some more details about the main features, e.g. ‘New houses will be built to the north and south of the pedestrian area’.

So, to sum up, here’s how to get a band score 7 in IELTS Academic Writing Task 1.

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Watch my Facebook Live on how to reach band score 7 in IELTS Academic Task 1:

 

I hope that a band score 7 now seems more achievable or at least you know exactly what you have to do.

Pete

PS You can find more sample answers in the authentic practice tests, all of which come with a band score and examiner comments.

Pete Jones

Pete has been helping IELTS test takers and teachers for many years and really enjoys helping people improve their English and their IELTS band score.

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