This is a complete IELTS writing task 1 lesson. You will find here a quiz on the exam, a sample task 1 question, an interactive quiz guiding you through a possible approach to this part of the paper and then an online timed exercise and finally a sample answer.
Think and plan
The concept here is to get you doing and most importantly thinking. For me, this is the most academic part of the whole IELTS exam: indeed, perhaps the one truly academic part of the exam. If I have one major tip here it is to think (and plan) as much as you can before you start writing. If you do that, the writing part tends to be easier – with practice!
The aim of the lesson
Now the interesting bit
A suggested approach
- Find the main ideas: look for the obvious points. Often these are missed because they look too simple. An example of a main idea is that the trend is upwards. Each main idea is the topic of a separate paragraph (just like an essay really).
- Find the key supporting details: looking for the extremes is a good place to start- these details are the support for your main ideas
Please note that this was created a long, long time ago and the quiz will take you off site.
This chart shows the relative popularity of broadband and dial up internet access in 10 countries from Europe, Asia and North America. It is evident that broadband tends to be more common than dial up.
In Japan approximately four times as many houses have broadband (40%) rather than dial up (10%). A similar pattern can be seen in the USA, Malaysia and Italy. In contrast, in France and Germany broadband is only 3-4% more popular, while in Australia they are equally used at 20 %. The major exceptions are the United Kingdom and India where more houses have dial up access.
The other major point to note is that in the USA over 65% of households have internet access, while in India only 20% do. In Australia, most of the European countries and Japan just over half of the people have internet at home. Only about 40% of Italians, however, can use the internet at home. The country with the lowest figure is India at less than 20%. (168 words)
There are clearly more ways of organising this report. Another possibility would be to write one main paragraph about broadband and another about dial up.
The main point to note about this task is the organisation of the answer, Each paragraph focusses on one main point. This point is then developed and explained with supporting details.More task 1 help