Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Most likely you’ll get a number question, a graph of sorts.

So, students are more prepared for these questions, Change Over Time and Static.

However, once in a blue moon, the exam features a process or diagram instead of a graph.

These questions will be likely be presented in a flow chart, like a manufacturing process, featuring pictures and labels.

First of all, you still need an overall trend, as you are still graded on exactly the same things for all Task 1 essays.

For instance, you can say, “Overall, these steps can be divided in to four phases.”

A big danger with these questions as well is simply using the labels from the question in your essay, and not using your own vocabulary.


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If you only use words from the test question, you’ll get a 4 for vocabulary.

If you mostly copy, and use a few of your own words, you’ll get a 5 for vocabulary.

Thus, paraphrasing is necessary to getting a 6 or higher.

Students also end up producing a mechanical list of simple sentences when describing the steps.

Remember, though, you still have to utilize compound and complex sentences for a 6 or higher for Grammar.

Recently, there was a process question on the exam, and one of our students in the Facebook group posted about this question.

He forgot our advice about dividing everything into 2 groups. He presented the information in 4 paragraphs, or groups, which wouldn’t be enough for an 8 for Cohesion Coherence, but still could get a 7.

In this conversation, it was realized that the IELTS Exam is the same all over the world.

What IELTS questions do you have?

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