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Should I write a conclusion in Academic Writing Task 1?

People often ask me: “Should I write a conclusion in writing task 1?”

In writing task 2, your conclusion is the place where you summarise your argument and then give your own personal response.  In writing task 1, you must NOT give a personal view or personal response to the information you are given.  Writing task 1 is where you show you can write in an impersonal and academic way.  If it helps, try to see the ‘overview statement’ as a form of ‘conclusion’ because it neatly summarises the main points or trends. It can come either at the start or at the end. Personally, I recommend putting it at the start simply so that you don’t run out of time and forget to put it in!

I’ve now put together our complete writing task 1 question and also chosen an introductory sentence and an overview sentence from the examples people sent in on my IELTS Weekly Facebook page. These are both essential in your writing task.  Look at the writing task question below and the beginning of our answer.   So far we have written 34 words.

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Our task now is to ‘summarise the main points and make comparisons where relevant’. This means we should not simply start be describing the data for ‘food’, then ‘housing’, then ‘transport’ (and so on).  In the test, you should spend a few minutes, before you start to write, deciding what to include.

Send one or two sentences to my Facebook page that you think we should include in our essay. I’ll give feedback on them tomorrow and we will choose the most relevant to include.

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IELTS Academic Writing task 1 practice

On my IELTS Weekly Facebook page we are working through a writing task 1 together.  I posted the following image without any specific writing task question (this is a good way to sort out any vocabulary problems that people have).

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I asked the followers of the page to try to write one or two sentences that describe what the table shows. I also asked them not to use any of the words in the table.

The images below show their answers (the originals are in the boxes) followed by a corrected version with comments. The yellow highlights show language problems that will have the most impact on your score.
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