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Academic task 1 – a daily exercise

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

Economist – Daily Chart

You may also care to watch this brief tutorial

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11 Responses to Academic task 1 – a daily exercise

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    Mr Dominic, I was wondering if you could give me your email so I could send you a few questions and attach a few reports for you to check.

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  7. Lina September 2, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    I have a lot of trouble in my writing skills. Can someone please tell me if task 1 invovled both pie chart and table, how should I do?

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  10. yarevin July 7, 2015 at 4:36 am #

    its very good , my exam in couple of days and I just don’t feel confident although I went and took couple of courses and lessons I feel AWFUL ! any advice ?

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