IELTS Writing Task 1 Bar Chart: A common Academic Task 1 Question

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How to approach the IELTS Writing Task 1 Bar Chart?

On this page, you’ll find some ideas about how to approach the IELTS Writing Task 1 Barchart along with some practice questions and sample responses in written and video formats.

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Below is a selection of IELTS Writing Task 1 Bar chart topics for you to practice writing about.

The standard question that you can use for all three bar charts is:

“Summarize the information making comparisons where appropriate.”

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“…you should tell people that you do IELTS 7+…”
Josephine R

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When you’ve finished your essay, send it to me for feedback on areas that need improvement.

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Remember that your essay must have:

* A restatement of the question
* An overview that identifies your main ideas .
* At least two paragraphs that each have topic sentences and supporting details.
* A conclusion or concluding sentence.

As you write, pay attention to the organization of your ideas and the way you transfer them to your listeners.

Ask yourself whether you’ve included enough transition words for your audience to follow along your presentation easily. It’s much easier to understand a description when the presenter makes it clear that he’s moving on to the next point!

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Sample Bar Chart Essay Correction

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Writing Tips for Paraphrasing

Take a look at this video for some ideas about paraphrasing your question and getting your response started

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Writing Tips for Bar Charts

This video shares some tips about how to structure and organize your task 1 essay.

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