How to answer a writing task 1of IELTS? Part 3

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Welcome to career care’s IELTS tutorial for writing task 1. You can go back to part 1 and part 2 here.

This is a series of three posts. In this post we would be looking at how to write a body paragraph and conclusion for the task 1.

In the previous two posts we discussed about our essays structure, how to have 150 words in our essay and how to write introduction for the essay.

In today’s post we would looking at the body paragraph part of our essay

Let’s continue with the same example as of the earlier post

Writing task 1

This is the first section of your IELTS Academic Writing test. You should spend about 20 minutes on it.

Take a look at the graphics and complete the task below.

Writing Task 11

Writing Task 12

The graphs above give information about computer ownership as a percentage of the population between 2002 and 2010, and by level of education for the years 2002 and 2010.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words.

Now as per our strategy we have to write 6 – 7 sentences. So let’s start.

You should start by gathering information from the graph such as similar patterns or difference or some major change in the trends.

Write it down point wise. Let us do it for our example

  1. The first similarity is the steady but significant rise in the percentage of computer owner’s
  2. The second graph shows that there was 30% rise in the ownership of computer for no high school diploma level.
  3. And approximately 30% for high school diploma or an unfinished college education
  4. Also graduates and post graduate had the highest percentage of increase but through the decade it was only 20%.
  5. From the second we can conclude that higher the education higher is the level of computer ownership.

Now let’s build our body paragraph

It can be inferred from the given the data for level of education that higher levels of education higher is level of computer ownership in both of those years. In 2002, only around 15% of those who did not finish high school had a computer but this figure had increased to 30% by 2010. There were also considerable rise of approximately 30% in the ownership for those with a high school diploma or an unfinished college education (reaching 65% and 85% respectively in 2010). Even though graduates and postgraduates proved to have the greatest level of ownership in 2010, at 90% and 95% respectively, but the rise was only 20 percentage points higher than in 2002.

Few pointers:

  • This part of your essay should cover all the important trends, changes and similarities
  • Do NOT mention unnecessary details. Remember that this paragraph should have summary of the information given
  • You need to write about all the periods of time and all the subjects of graph. If it shows several years like in the above example (2002, 2010) – write about all of them, if it is about subjects like men and women – write about both.
  • To make your essay effect be concise and specific
  • Use strong verbs, group similar trends and avoid repetitions
  • Do NOT add extra details, nor try to suggest any reasons or give your opinion. Just analyze the data and give the facts in a neutral unbiased way.

After your body paragraph just add one conclusion sentence. Do NOT over write the conclusion. It should crisp and just one line.

Here is the conclusion for our example

The last decade has seen a substantial growth in computer ownership in general, and across all educational levels.

So our complete essay would be:

The first bar chart illustrates the percentage of computer ownerships for a period of eight years, starting from 2002 to 2010. Whereas the second bar chart shows the same with respect to education level ranging from no high school diploma to postgraduate qualification but only for the year 2002 and 2010. Overall, the total percentage of computer ownership increased gradually over the years. Also, there was remarkable rise in the percentage of ownerships in the people with education level of no high school diploma, high school graduate and college incomplete as compared to other remaining level.

It can be inferred from the given the data for level of education that higher levels of education higher is level of computer ownership in both of those years. In 2002, only around 15% of those who did not finish high school had a computer but this figure had increased to 30% by 2010. There were also considerable rise of approximately 30% in the ownership for those with a high school diploma or an unfinished college education (reaching 65% and 85% respectively in 2010). Even though graduates and postgraduates proved to have the greatest level of ownership in 2010, at 90% and 95% respectively, but the rise was only 20 percentage points higher than in 2002.

The last decade has seen a substantial growth in computer ownership in general, and across all educational levels.

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