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.
Step 1. Read the Question & Brainstorm Different Vocabulary.
You must fully understand what the question is asking you to write about so that you answer all parts of the question (task achievement). Also, brainstorm different words from the words in the chart so that you can use a wider range of vocabulary in your answer (lexical resource). Use compound and complex sentences in every paragraph (grammatical range). Use a clear structure (cohesion and coherence). This will help you get a higher band score. This should take 1 to 2 minutes in the test.
Step 2. Write the introduction & overview paragraphs.
In step 2, you should identify key information to write the introduction and overview paragraphs.
This should take about 5 minutes in the test.
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, make sure when you compare data that, whenever possible, you include these 3 elements ...
Step 5. Read your answer and correct any obvious mistakes.