IELTS Writing Task 1: Typical introductions (B)

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This post is about looking at IELTS Writing Task 1 introductions only.

A typical model answer for the introduction for the above graph is as follows:

The line graph provides information about the percentage of the work force who are unemployed for US and Japan from March 1993 to March 1999. The figures show a clear difference in percentages for each country over time. However, the two countries have some years when they have similar rates.

As you can see the introduction needs to have 2-3 sentences.

  1. The first sentence needs to clearly state what the graph is showing with all the dates and details:

The line graph provides information about the percentage of the work force who are unemployed for US and Japan from March 1993 to March 1999.

 

  1. The second sentence gives more specific details of the contents of the graph highlighting a simple generalisation:

The figures show a clear difference in percentages for each country over time.

 

  1. The third sentence leads the reader into the second paragraph by letting them know what information will be discussed next:

However, the two countries have some years when they have similar rates.

An IELTS Band score 6.0 would expect 2 sentences for the introduction, and a Band score 7.0 would usually (though not always) expect a three sentence introduction.

Always the higher the band score goes to the writing that shows a more sophisticated understanding of what to write rather than the number of words.

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