Task 1 of the academic IELTS writing paper asks students to summarise data, a process, or a map in around 150 words. Although students have 1 hour to finish Task 1 and Task 2, it is recommended to spend only about 20 minutes on Task 1. To successfully complete this short essay, students should look for trends and main points (not merely list what they see), and only use information presented rather than opinions or possible reasons.

Sample Questions and Answers

Backpacker Destinations Theme Park Layout
Government Income and Spending Top 5 Industries
Refund System Town Centre Proposal
School Lunches TV Schedule Changes
Subway Expansion Plan Water Contamination
Tax Spending Water Filtration

Scoring Guide


IELTS Writing Task 1 (Academic Paper) (English-Chinese version)
IELTS Writing Task 1 (Academic Paper) (English-Chinese version)
Practice pack of 12 sample questions for the IELTS Writing Task 1 (academic paper) exam, as seen on the ab51.org website, with additional comprehension and vocabulary selection exercises. In English with Chinese translation. Answers and sample essays included. (103 pages)