How to approach IELTS Writing Task 1 – Expounding Graphs!

  1. You should write at least 3-4 paragraphs and a minimum of 150 words. This is the fundamental requirement.
  2. In the starting paragraph, one needs to rephrase the question statement. One can start the paraphrase using the following feeds:

The table shows/illustrates the trends in …. between …….

The graph shows……

The chart shows how the ….. have changed ……

The graph depicts….  and the changes….

The graph/chart/table/diagram……gives information….about/on

The graph represents…..

The graph provides information about….

3. The second sentence of the introduction should give an overview of the Chart, graph, and diagram in question. By looking at the start and end of the graph one should be able to write an overview.

4. By looking at the chart one can know if one has to illustrate a progress, draw a comparison or both. The choice of the words for each type will be very important. For e.g.to show a progress one can write ‘there is a marginal increase’ or to compare use ‘they are identical or correlative’.

5. Make good use of synonyms to avoid repetition. E.g. (decrease, comes down, falls) etc.

6. Describe the most common trends in second paragraph, including the most obvious features.

7. Practice the use of linking words to make your writing skills more academic and illustrative. You can use Linkers like:- while, moreover, however, despite, etc.

8. In the third paragraph give some detailed information. You still need to focus on main trends but try to depict the core trends like, for a period of 15 years there was a gradual upward trend till 1999, there after it plummeted quite significantly. Always use data to back your arguments.

9. Avoid going into all the minor facets, as it may sound very boring and way too descriptive. Instead of writing:  ‘there was a continues upward and downward movement from 5% to 7% for a Period of 1year, before it bounced back and then fell again to 3%. Write: ‘It fluctuated between 5%-7% in the year 1999 with a slight improvement afterwards’.

10. Eschew writing a conclusion for IELTS writing task 1. Instead, you should write an “Overview” of the information. An overview could go either at the end or near the beginning. I suggest, it’s a good idea to expound the main features of the graph or chart at the beginning of the report. 

11. Refrain from making spelling errors, punctuation mistakes, using contractions and mixing the use of the following words: Percentage and Percent.

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IELTS READING (HINTS and TIPS)

In Reading Module of IELTS Candidates need to read texts and answer 40 questions (13-14 questions for each paragraph). There are various types of the tasks, which check the ability to read the text and understand it.

Note: General reading module is easier compared to the Academic reading module.


IELTS Reading Tips by Gaffel EduMentors

The following tips will help you find the right approach to this section of the IELTS exam:

  1. Practice Skim (Reading style for a quick overview of the Text) and Scan (reading to find particular information or facts) Reading.
  2. If one can understand the nature of the text before reading it, it will ease the further understanding. Watchful view of the graphs, tables, and any other illustrations often gives a clear idea about the topic of the paragraph.
  3. Remember that there is no extra time to transfer answers. Make sure that you write on the test answer sheet and not on the questionnaire.
  4. If you read the text and answer the questions in a random order, be careful that the answers are in the right place in the table of responses.
  5. If you’re not sure of the correct answer then, try to reread the text and find the right option. Note, that in IELTS Reading you have only an hour and you need to answer 40 questions. If you spend more than a minute on each question, you will hardly have any minute to read the text. Don’t waste too much time on one question.
  6. For Sure, questions like “true/false/not given” are the most difficult types of the tasks, because most of the students get confused with this section. But with lots of practise, one can master the tricks of the trade.
  7. IELTS Reading section contains questions with the sole purpose which is to confuse the candidates Therefore, you should pay attention to the synonyms of keywords.
  8. If the text contains a lot of date, names, events, numbers and big words mark them during the reading, because most of the time, they can carry very important information.
  9. Practice reading different types of material from different sources like magazine, News papers, Blogs and Novels if possible.
  10. Get in the habit of reading to understand in as less time as possible. Try to clock your reading.
  11. Invest time in practise and preparation.

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IELTS Global Test Dates 2019

The International English Language Testing System – IELTS Test in India is conducted by IDP & British Council. Check all available IELTS Test dates online with Gaffel Edumentors. Test availability differs across test centers based on local demand, so please contact your closest IELTS Institutes to confirm upcoming test dates.

The IELTS Paper-based version has 48 fixed test dates each year. These dates are listed below. The Academic version of the Paper-based test is available on all 48 dates. The General Training version of the Paper-based test is available on 24 dates.

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2019 IELTS Test Dates /  Test Format

Jan. 2019

Saturday, 5 Jan. 2019 / Academic and General Training
Saturday, 12 Jan. 2019 / Academic only
Thursday, 17 Jan. 2019 / Academic only
Saturday, 19 Jan. 2019 / Academic and General Training

Feb. 2019

Saturday, 2 Feb. 2019 / Academic and General Training
Saturday, 9 Feb. 2019 / Academic only
Thursday, 14 Feb. 2019 / Academic and General Training
Saturday, 23 Feb. 2019 / Academic only

Mar. 2019

Saturday, 2 Mar. 2018 / Academic and General Training
Saturday, 09 Mar. 2019 / Academic only
Thursday, 14 Mar. 2019 / Academic only
Saturday, 23 Mar. 2019 / Academic and General Training

Apr. 2019

Saturday, 6 Apr. 2019 / Academic and General Training
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Saturday, 14 Apr. 2019 / Academic
Thursday, 27 Apr. 2019  / Academic only and General Training

May 2019

Saturday, 4 May 2019 / Academic only
Saturday, 11 May 2019 / Academic and General Training
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Thursday, 23 May 2019 / Academic and General Training

Jun. 2019

Saturday, 1 Jun. 2019 / Academic and General Training
Thursday, 13 Jun. 2019 / Academic only
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Jul. 2019

Saturday, 6 Jul. 2019 / Academic and General Training
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Aug. 2019

Thursday, 01 Aug. 2019 / Academic and General Training
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Sep. 2019

Saturday, 07 Sep. 2019 / Academic and General Training
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Saturday, 14 Sep. 2019 / Academic only
Saturday, 28 Sep. 2019 / Academic and General Training

Oct. 2019

Thursday, 10 Oct. 2019 / Academic only
Saturday, 12 Oct. 2019 / Academic and General Training
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Nov. 2019

Saturday, 02 Nov. 2019 / Academic only
Thursday, 07 Nov. 2019 / Academic and General Training
Saturday, 16 Nov. 2019 / Academic only
Saturday, 23 Nov. 2019 / Academic and General Training
Saturday, 30 Nov. 2019 / Academic only

Dec. 2019

Saturday, 07 Dec. 2019 / Academic and General Training
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