Selecting information for IELTS Writing Task 1 – reasons for using the internet

Selecting information for IELTS Writing Task 1 – reasons for using the internet

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 these pie charts and decide what information you should select.  Then click on the + sign below to see an illustration of information selection.

 

Internet Reasons - 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

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


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6 Comments

  1. Huu Mai on 16th February 2016 at 8:12 am

    I personally will choose the biggest and smallest or most noticeable one in the information the test have given, therefore making comparison much more easier and clear since when giving these 2 charts it’s obvious they want you to compare and give a conclusion where possible

  2. Tran Thi Anh Thu on 16th February 2016 at 9:29 am

    The pie charts give information about the reasons for using the Internet by Vietnamese men and women.
    Overall, there is a similarity between two sexes in the reason of using the internet, in which, the more common reasons are for social networks, entertainment and shopping, while the less are for finding information, work or business and gambling.
    With regard to the more common reasons, it can be seen that, women are more likely to use the internet for social networks than men, with the respective figures of 40% and 35%. Similarly, 19% of women use the Internet for shopping while figure for their counterparts is lower, only 16%. In contrast, the higher percentage is seen in the case of men than that of women who use it for entertainment, at 29% and 26% in turn.
    Turning to the less common group, the figures for men and women surfing the internet for finding information and work or business are just around 7% or 8%, while those for playing gambles are negligible, at 4% and 1% respectively.

    • Tony on 16th February 2016 at 10:27 am

      Hi Anh Thu

      Good answer – I love your signposting. Where did you learn that?

      Can you fix this:

      the figures for men and women surfing the internet for finding information
      Tony recently posted…Selecting information for IELTS Writing Task 1 – reasons for using the internetMy Profile

      • Tran Thi Anh Thu on 16th February 2016 at 1:53 pm

        Hi Tony,
        Thank you very much Tony. I am one of your students in RES 🙂 and I’ve learnt about signposting from your lesson.
        The figures for men and women who surf the internet in order to find information and to work or to do business are just around 7% or 8%.

        • Tony on 19th February 2016 at 11:45 pm

          Hi Anh Thu

          Thanks of course I knew you were my student 🙂

          Well done with the correction

          Tony

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