IELTS Writing Task 1 | Academic

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The Basics

In task 1 of the Academic IELTS Writing test, we are asked to summarize the information displayed in a diagram. The diagram can be a chart (pie/bar/line), a table, an illustration of a process, a map or an object.

See below for an example. 

​The pie charts show the spending habits of people in the UK in 1971 and 2001.

Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and making comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words.

​You can see our answer to this task in this ‘Analyzing Pie Charts‘ free lesson.

Learn more about the format of the IELTS writing test below.

Free Lessons

The lessons below contain many example tasks for you to practice with. Each lesson includes an introductory task with a model report and explanitory notes. Many of the tasks and lessons can be found in our writing ebook.



Study how to describe tables with the lessons below.

Line Graphs

Follow the order of our line graph lessons here.

Pie Charts

Learn the art of describing pie charts here.

Bar Charts

This type of task is similar to tables, but the data is displayed in a different way.



These comprehensive lessons will take you step by step through the task of describing maps.


Processes tasks require you to describe the steps that something natural or man-made takes to be created, grow or change. Find out more below.

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