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IELTS Academic 131 | How to describe numbers for Task 1

The IELTS Writing Tasks will present you with different challenges to test your skills in writing in English.  Among these challenges are some that will be presented as graphs. Sometimes this will cause us to panic. But actually it is simple to deal with.  All you need to do is look at each of the parts in the given graphs and describe one part at a time. […]

IELTS ACADEMIC | 126 IELTS Academic Task 1 – What tense?!

The one thing that I repeatedly see ESL students get wrong when writing the IELTS Academic Task 1 is using the wrong tense. This can be fixed with a bit of knowledge and practice.  Let’s take a look at the golden rules and some examples. […]

108 IELTS Academic Boost your score in 15 minutes – VALUE BOMB

The overview below contains tips that can help you improve your IELTS score in a matter of few minutes. PRIOR TO STARTING Underline the significant keywords on the text. You should try converting nouns into verbs (and vice versa) and adjectives into adverbs while also outlining words with similar meanings (synonyms) and opposite meanings (antonyms). This way you can boost your vocabulary and expand your answer. In order to make the overall idea stand out, you should highlight and circle the graph or graphs used. […]

IELTS Academic | 086 IELTS Academic Task 1: How to Describe a Bar Chart

In this tutorial we will look at the steps you need to take when describing the bar chart for Academic IELTS. First group / identify and choose the information you will include. Second PLAN where you will mention those information points chosen before. Know what to write. Sounds silly but you will see why it’s important. How do we choose the information? […]

IELTS Academic | 084 IELTS Academic Task 1. How to describe a diagram or graphic

In this podcast you get a complete tutorial on how to describe a diagram for IELTS Academic Task 1. 🙂 […]

IELTS Academic | 070 IELTS Academic Task 1 – Sentences for contrast, comparison and differences.

In this lesson we will look at the Band Descriptors for Academic Task 1, then focus on specific sentence structures. I would strongly suggest you get a pen and paper for this podcast and take notes. […]


IELTS Task 1 doesn’t have to be difficult. If you can master a few verb tenses, learn the appropriate verbs for describing change, and then group all the info into paragraphs you can pick up easy points. In this post you can download the PDF, watch on Slideshare, or even watch the video on Youtube, -too many options!! And of course you can also find the podcast as always. Also here is the 80/20 of the whole post: […]

IELTS Academic | 063 How to describe a Pie Chart IELTS Academic Writing Task 1?

First look at the language we are going to use, then some guidelines or tips. Then a technique or process to employ to write the essay. [display_podcast] LANGUAGE […]

IELTS Academic | 035 Dos and Don’ts for Academic Task 1

  In this episode Julia, (a CELTA and DELTA qualified tutor,) shares what to DO for Academic Task 1, including: A strategy for describing graphs (line, pie charts etc) A component you must have (without this you won’t get more than Band 5!) How to make relevant comparisons and contrasts. Tips for flow diagrams / cycles. How to experiment with complex vocabulary structures Tips for the language of change. …and what the Russians are notoriously famous for NOT doing!   After this we discus WHAT NOT TO DO IN THE EXAM…. […]

IELTS Academic | 032 How to Write a High Scoring Letter for Task 1

In this Podcast you will learn:   1) The different types of letter asked for. 2) How to answer and structure the question perfectly. 3) How to write in a formal / informal style. 4) PLENTY OF TIPS! 5) An exercise to do at home, (free correction from me). Here is the question with a model answer:   SAMPLE QUESTION: You recently bought a new computer for your flat but it did not work. You phoned the shop but no action was taken. Write a letter to the shop manager. In your letter • describe the problem with the computer • explain what happened’ when you phoned the shop • say what you would like the manager to do.   Dear Sir or Madam,   I am contacting you in relation to my recent purchase of an Acer 3001 laptop from your shop. Upon buying the product I was assured by the salesman that if there were any inconveniences I would be promptly attended to. Unfortunately this was not the case. […]