Key information about IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 – the format, the 7 question types & sample questions, assessment & marking criteria. Success starts here.
Line graph- A line graph can also be found in IELTS Academic Writing Task 1. They are fairly easy to understand, and they are also common in other writing tasks in the test.
Bar graph- There are many Task 1 questions involving bar charts or bar graphs, which can be displayed vertically or horizontally.
Table chart-One may have a harder time interpreting tables in Task 1, since they are just sets of numbers without visual representation. However, they are never very difficult to interpret. It is important to remember that the IELTS test is not intended to assess your mathematical ability, but your language skills.
Pie chart- Pie graphs, although less common than bar charts and line graphs, are a simple way of visualizing data in case you see one.
Process diagram- Process diagrams are also often seen in tests. For example: the water cycle, a manufacturing process or the diagram of a system such as the central heating system in a house.
Map- One may find maps as well in the IELTS Test. It may ask you to compare two or three maps of a place over a period of time as in this question.
Mixed/multiple graphs- Multiple graph questions have more than one type of diagram and are fairly common. They usually include two diagrams such as a bar chart and a line graph or a pie chart and a table as in this sample question.