Here's a summary of the best strategies and techniques to score Band 7+ in IELTS Writing Task 1 (Academic Training) mentioned in the IELTS Twenty20 course for quick reference.

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Go over the techniques and strategies as many times as possible before the exam so that they become second nature.

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Band 7+ Strategies for IELTS Academic Training - Writing Task 1

  • Always write an introduction however do not merely copy the words from the question as your introduction. rephrase the question and use synonyms instead.
  • Highlight the key features in the figure using statistics and percentages and explain them clearly and appropriately. However do not include every single detail in the figure.
  • Pay special attention to the units.
  • Organize key points into paragraphs. No bullet points or short notes.
  • Do not analyse the data based on your assumptions and never give personal opinions to describe the charts
  • Always write an overview at the end. Use "To sum up" instead of "In conclusion" for the overview.
  • Write at least 150 words in your report but no more than 200 words.
  • Spend no more than 20 minutes on Writing task 1 so that you have 40 minutes for Task 2. Task 2 is worth twice as much as Task 1 and so you must spend more time on Task 2.
  • Use a wide range of grammatical structures and vocabulary.
  • Make effective comparisons and use a variety of linking words: FIRSTLY, SECONDLY, AFTER THAT, NEXT, FINALLY



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