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

All Academic Writing Task 1 “numbers” questions can be divided into two groups: Change Over Time and Static.

If the question is about numbers, usually on a line graph or bar chart, that change over more than 3 years, or hours, or days, this is Change Over Time.

If there a table, bar graph or pie chart that shows you numbers about one year or two years, this is a Static question.

In our course, 3 Keys IELTS, I give you all the sentence structures, vocabulary and strategies to write a high-scoring essay for these questions.

Mistake #1- Change Over Time

  • Change Over Time necessitates vocabulary and paraphrases for increase/decrease.
  • Most IELTS students have memorized lists of synonyms for increase/decrease. Those students get a 6.
  • If you want a 7 or higher, you must show the examiner more interesting words and phrases.
  • You can find excellent vocabulary in the business section of English-language newspapers.




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Mistake #2- Static

  • Static vocabulary is all about paraphrases for higher/lower.
  • DO NOT use increase/decrease vocabulary on this question! It is not appropriate and will lower your vocab. score.
  • Focus on specific sentence structures for Static about making comparisons.

Mistake #3- Overall trend

  • Put your overall trend in the introduction. If you don’t have it, your score automatically goes down!
  • The overall trend in Change Over Time says overall how these numbers went up or down.
  • The overall trend in Static simply says what is the highest/lowest numbers.

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