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IELTS Writing Skills Strategies

IELTS writing skills is divided into two main parts; i.e. Academic purposes and General Trainings

Task one is always tested on Letter writing (General training) and Descriptive essay (Academic purposes).

Task two for both Academic and General training is tested on Opinion-based/Independent essays. 

Timings: Task one is entirely 20minutes and required 150minimum words

                 Task two is entirely 40minutes and required 250 minimum words.

Writing Task 1 Academic Module Strategies

In IELTS Writing task 1 Academic Module you will be given graphs, diagrams and tables to write a report on them.

Types of Tasks in Writing Task 1 Academic module are:

  • Line Graphs
  • Bar Graphs
  • Pie Charts
  • Tables
  • Process (Diagram)
  • Maps 

How to write Introduction for line graph/bar graph/pie chart and table

Single graphs

Introduction should state what the graph shows

Double graphs

Introduction – You should write one sentence but introduce charts separately

Ex: The first bar chart shows…, and the second chart illustrates….

How to write:

Writing an Introduction sentence for Task 1 is easy. Simply follow the steps below:

Single graph:

The line graph/pie chart/bar chart/table provides information about … (what happened, where it happened, when happened)

Double graphs:

The line graph/bar chart/pie chart/table provides information about … (what,where,when happened) …,
while the pie chart/table/bar chart/line graph indicates … (what,where,when happened).

The line graph/bar chart/pie chart/table provides information about … (what,where,when happened) …,
with the pie chart/table/bar chart/line graph indicating … ((what,where,when happened)

Writing Task 1 General Training Module Strategies

Understand Different Types of Letter

There are three types of letters in the IELTS: a formal letter, a personal letter, or a semi-formal letter.

Formal letters: writing to someone you don’t know, such as a company

Semi-formal letters: writing to someone you don’t know well, such as your professor

Personal letters: writing to someone you know very well, such as a friend.

Use Proper Opening and Closing

There are different ways to open and close a letter based on who you are writing to.

 Formal letters

Opening: Dear Sir/Madam

Closing: Yours faithfully + your full name

 Semi-formal letters

Opening: Dear Mr./Miss/Mrs.+ the last name of the recipient

Closing: Yours sincerely + your full name

Personal letters

Opening: Dear + the first name of the recipient

Closing: Best regards + your first name

Structure Your Letter

Paragraph 1: Directly state the purpose of your letter in formal and semi-formal letters. Here are some useful sentences you can use in your writing.

Formal and semi-formal letters:

I am writing this letter with regard to…

I am writing to express my…

I am writing to inform you…

Personal letters usually include a greeting first and then state the purpose:

How are you doing?

I hope you are doing well.

How have you been?

Main body: In the main body, you can use three paragraphs to cover the bullet points one by one. Also, think of some relevant details to enrich the content of your letter.

Conclusion paragraph: Usually, you can use the last paragraph to call to action, express thanks or ask for a response. Here are some examples.

Formal/Semi-formal letters:

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Personal letters:

I can’t wait to hear from you.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

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