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 pie graph provides information about the most favourite flavour of ice cream of over 1000 students. The percentages show a clear dominant flavour. However, there are some differences in the other flavours for the group.
As you can see the introduction needs to have 2-3 sentences.
- The first sentence needs to clearly state what the graph is showing with all the dates and details:
The pie graph provides information about the most favourite flavour of ice cream of over 1000 students.
- The second sentence gives more specific details of the contents of the graph highlighting a simple generalisation:
The percentages show a clear dominant flavour.
- The third sentence leads the reader into the second paragraph by letting them know what information will be discussed next:
However, there are some differences in the other flavours for the group.
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.