How to do Task One Academic Task Achievement

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Academic task one of the writing component is essentially an information transfer task and the skill of summarising what is presented on the diagram is as important as the level of the English you use to write it in. Candidates make classic mistakes like writing it in an opinionated essay format, giving irrelevant details that are tenuously linked to the graph, and missing details and data that are supposed to be part. Here are four things to remember to help you achieve your best band.

1: Paraphrase the question rubric
If the question rubric tells you that the “graph shows the number of pensioners in the UK” then change every single word, for example “the visual depicts the amount of retired persons living in Britain and Northern Ireland”. Try to think of a good, clever way to present the summary in a different way in your opening paragraph, before moving swiftly on to…

2: Note what the diagram does
Often called ‘giving an overview’, look at the diagram and identify the main feature, do all the money and currency symbols represent an overall loss in profits? Is the nation getting fatter or richer on the whole? There will be large and notable facts or changes which are only clear when you look at the whole of the graph/chart/map/flowchart and not just its parts. Be holistic. You will also need to mention as many other main features as possible in your report.

3: Transfer all the data
If you were to squint at the image so that you could only see numbers, then count the numbers (let’s say there are 12) and aim to write all twelve in your 150 words. This way you make sure you are not penalised for leaving out details.

4: Suggest reasons, but don’t go overboard
You may by now be asking how you can get a good score for vocabulary if all you’ve done is copy numbers into your short report. Alongside professional, presentation sounding introductory phrases (what is most striking is that…/It is instantly clear that…) You can also have a guess as to why phenomena in the diagram are the way they are, think about the causes and possible effects of what you see and get your ideas down on paper (perhaps due to the fact that X is easier to use…/implying that Americans do more X). Take care to only do this occasionally or your response becomes an opinionated essay.