Part 1 writing in the academic module is often a problem for candidates for the very good reason that it is unfamiliar. Most IELTS candidates will have written many essays before they get to prepare for the exam – it’s something everyone goes through at school or university. In contrast, the task of analysing and writing a report on a chart or graph is quite often a new experience. So, while part 1 may be no harder than the essay, it may need more practice.
Where to practise – The Economist
The next problem is to find good practice material – it can be hard to find. I think I may be able to help out. Try The Economist magazine on the internet. It produces a daily chart that is very similar to part 1 IELTS – even better it gives you a short report that should help you with appropriate language. Here is the link
You may also care to watch this brief tutorial
You will find more advice and materials on IELTS part 1 writing here
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