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

Today we’ll talk about how to quickly paraphrase Writing Task 1 questions for IELTS.

We got an excellent question about this from a student in our closed Facebook group:

I’m kind of struggling with the Writing Task 1, more specifically the first sentence which rephrases the question. I’d like to know if you have already made sentences or tips that I could use… What I find most difficult is when you have the year and it compares two things, like the incomes of men, low, middle and high, versus their place of birth. How do you articulate so much information?

There isn’t a template that works for Writing Task 1 because the question is always different, unlike the Writing Task 2 introduction.

Don’t overthink this Task 1 first sentence. You can simply look at the question and paraphrase as many words as you can. As long as you don’t directly copy more than a 3-word chunk, you’re fine!

You’re grade is not based just on this first sentence. You can even use the same sentence structure, as long as you use synonyms.

Your overall trend is way more important to your score than this first paraphrased sentence.


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Example Writing Task 1 paraphrases:


The chart summarizes the weight measurements of people living in Charlestown in 1955 and 2015.


The diagrams provided exhibit the statistics of weight for individuals residing in Charlestown between 1955 and 2015. 


The charts below show the reasons why people travel to work by bicycle or by car.


These graphs display why commuters arrive at their place of work on their bike or in their car.


The graph below shows population figures for India and China since the year 2000, and predicted population growth up until  2050.


The images provided give numbers regarding the amount of citizens in two nations, China and India, starting in the year 2000 through the future year of 2050.

Basically, don’t try and get too fancy or complicated here, or the sentence could end being inaccurate.

Note down the synonyms we used today and use them in your future essays!

How would you paraphrase today’s IELTS Task 1 questions?

Share your sentences in the comments section below!

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