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

If you want to get a 7 or an 8 on your IELTS Writing test then you need to use the right prepositions, especially to describe graphs and charts in IELTS Writing Task 1.

Today get the prepositions and the sentences that the examiner wants to see on this part of the test, especially for Change Over Time questions.

Key phrases and prepositions:

“From ____ to ______” (“….from 1980 to 1990”)

“Between ______ and ______” (“….between 1980 and 1990”)

Remember, you must show numbers in your essay when you talk about changes.

For example, you can say “The population increased from 100 to 300.”

You can also say how much something changed by.

For example, you can say “The population increased by 200.”

You also need to tell the examiner the highest point and the lowest point.

For example, “The population peaked at 1 million in 2015.”
Another great vocabulary word is “bottomed out.”

For example, “The population bottomed out at 300,000 in 2014.”

You need to use interesting phrases, vocabulary, and idioms to get a 7 or higher.

Sometimes even native speakers can get a 6 in Writing Task 1 because they don’t know that they have to use idioms to describe numbers.

Now come up with your own example!

Look at a chart or graph in the newspaper and share your phrases to summarize it.

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