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How to describe a diagram for IELTS Academic Task 1

Describing a diagram isn’t easy, you need to know the language, what to include, the structure, and even paraphrasing. Don’t we worry! We have all [...]

IELTS Academic 132 | How to describe a map or plan

In Task 1 of the Academic Writing component of the IELTS exam, you may be asked to describe a map or plan. The diagram will be of a building, street, village, city or town plan that may ask you to contrast the past and present, or the present and future. There will also be a key that explains different locations on the map or a reference to roads and routes. You are expected to write a 150-word description of the information on the map, which will probably include buildings, routes or proposed changes for the future. Your writing will be scored on four criteria: task achievement, coherence, lexical resources and grammatical accuracy. Let’s review techniques to achieve a good score in all four areas. […]

VIDEO: IELTS Academic Task 1 – Which Tense?

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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

IELTS Academic Task 1: How to Describe a Bar Chart Describing a Bar Chart is possibly one of the tasks you will be asked [...]

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

In this podcast you get a complete and detailed tutorial on how to describe a diagram/graphic for your IELTS Academic Writing: Task One. We also cover those same 8 steps in the article below, so give it a thorough read when preparing for your IELTS Academic Writing Exam. […]

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