Overviews for IELTS Writing Task 1 – Australian poverty

In Writing Task 1, identifying the main trends, differences, or stages is a key skill.

Practise with the question below, and then write an overview.  

Click on the tabs to see mine.

Write down the main differences

IELTS writing task 1 Australian poverty table

Now write down the main differences before proceeding to the next tab

Differences
Overall,

Comments on overviews

You need a clear overview to get a band score 7 for Task Achievement.

 

Task Achievement, Band score 7

Task 1 Examiners' Criteria Task Achievement

 

The word stages refers to processes, and in questions with figures you need to think about trends and differences.

If a question has changes over time, like in this one, it's best to mention both trends and differences.

If there are no trends, like in the one about Australian poverty, I would find at least two differences to mention.

Make it easy for the examiner to give you a 7 - use the word overall, and put your overview in a separate paragraph.

The overview is the first thing the examiner looks for, so don't hide it in the introduction or at the end.

Finally, if there's a total or an average, as in the question about literacy or the one about Australian poverty, I would consider it to be the most important information, so I'd include it in the overview.

For more information on Task 1 questions see here.

See my Task 1 model answers here.

See sample marked students' Task 1 answers here.

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[…] Overviews for IELTS Writing Task 1 – Australian poverty […]

Dio
Dio
4 years ago

Hi Tony
what means all households exactly, someone who the governments pay houses ?

AWG
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AWG
4 years ago
Reply to  Dio

All households is the total line

Diem
Diem
6 years ago

Hello Tony,
Can you explain for me what is “sole parents”? Is that a single with children?

AWG
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AWG
6 years ago
Reply to  Diem

Exactly Diem – sole parents are the same as single parents