Alfred's 5 STEP APPROACH for all data charts in Task 1 Writing.
Just follow the 5 step approach I use in my videos. This will help you write with more confidence because by practising this technique, you will learn exactly how to plan and how to write for each task.
Learn these steps to write higher band scoring answers.
My Recommended 5 Step Approach.
Step 1. Read the Question & Brainstorm Different Vocabulary.
Make sure you fully understand what the question is asking you to write about and brainstorm some different words to use a wider range of vocabulary in your answer. This will help you get a higher band score. This should only take 1 to 2 minutes in the test, so practice doing this quickly.
Step 2. Write the introduction & overview paragraphs.
In step 2, you should identify key information, then write the introduction and overview paragraphs. This should take 5 to 6 minutes in the test.
As soon as you have identified what, where and when the chart is about (and the unit of measurement), you can write the introduction. Also, write the overview paragraph expressing the general trends you can see in the chart data.
Important Tip. Because this question has 2 charts, you need to include information for both charts in the introduction and the overview.
Step 3. Identify main features.
Before you write your body paragraphs, identify main features. In other words, choose what you think are the main points in the chart that you will write about in the body paragraphs.
Step 4. Write 2 body paragraphs.
When you write the body paragraphs, try to stick to the main features you selected in step 3. Also, make sure that you ONLY compare data from the chart. Don't give your opinion. Don't infer anything into the data that you cannot see in the chart data. Don't predict future trends because the question does NOT ask you to do this., and don't write about small details that are not important. Most importantly, make sure you MAKE COMPARISONS. If you don't, you will get a lower band score. Finally, when comparing data, use fractions, adverbs, comparatives and approximate expressions.
Step 5. Read your answer and correct any obvious mistakes.