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

Today you’ll get the two biggest mistakes that immediately lower your Task 1 Writing score.

Find out what they are so that you can get the highest possible score on your IELTS Exam.

The common mistakes are that people don’t include what they need in their introduction in Writing Task 1.

Let’s talk about the introduction to Writing Task 1.

It should only be two sentences:

  • Sentence 1: Re-phrase the test question
  • Sentence 2: Have an overall trend

If you don’t put the re-phrase of the test question in  your introduction you will lose points for cohesion and coherence.

To do this you only need to look at the test question and change the words.

BUT you cannot copy the test question.

If you use the same words that you see in the test question then your score will go down.

Those words will be taken off your word count.

This happens for both Writing Task 1 and Writing Task 2.

Check out this episode on how to paraphrase in Writing Task 2.

For the second sentence you need the overall trend.

In our course, the 3 Keys IELTS Success System we show you how to write the overall trend.

What this does is it summarizes the information.

How do the numbers change?

What is the biggest trend you notice when you look at the table.

This MUST be part of your essay.

The examiner looks for it.

Remember that there are three different question types: Change Over Time, Static, and the Nature Diagram/Map question.

In our course we show you examples of everything you might see in Writing Task 1 and you learn exactly how to find the overall trend quickly before you start writing your essay.

That’s why we need strategies and we need to practice them.

What questions do you have about today’s episode?

Let us know in the comments.

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