Selecting information for IELTS Writing Task 1 – rail networks

Selecting information for IELTS Writing Task 1 – rail networks

Knowing how to select information in writing Task 1 is a key skill.

The instructions for writing Task 1 always say

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

The examiners' criteria state:

Band Score Descriptors Task 1 Task Achievement Band Score 7

Band Score Descriptors Task 1 Task Achievement Band Score 7

 

In other words, in order to get a band score 7 for Task Achievement, you need to know how to select information.

Look at this chart and decide what information you should select.  Then click on the + sign below to see an illustration of information selection.

Railway networks IELTS writing Task 1 Task 2 model answers charts tables Speaking

 

In a bar or line chart there is often, but not always, a lot of information and it is important to remember the instructions.  

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

In a table or pie chart, there is often, but not always, less information.

The key words are summarise and the main features.  

If there is too much information to describe, do not attempt to give all the information because to do so would take to long, and it is not necessary.  You will get a lower score if you attempt to describe everything, because you are asked to summarise the information.  


For more information on selecting information for Task 1 questions see here

For more information on Task 1 questions see here

To see my Task 1 model answers here

For more information on overviews, see here

To see corrected students' Task 1 answers see here coming soon


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