IELTS Writing Task 1: Pie Chart Model Score 9

How to compare two pie charts in IELTS writing task 1. This sample answer illustrates the method of organising the report as well as useful language and sentence structures to get a band score 9.

The pie charts below show the comparison of different kinds of energy production of France in two years.

ielts pie chart comparison

Pie Chart Sample Answer

The two pie charts illustrate the proportion of five types of energy production in France in 1995 and 2005.ย 

Overall, in both years, the most significant sources of energyย  were gas and coal, which together accounted for over half the production of energy, while nuclear and other kinds of energy sources generated the least amount of energy in France. In all types of energy production there was only minimal change over the 10 year period.

Energy produced by coal comprised of 29.80% in the first year and this showed only a very slight increase of about a mere 1 % to 30.9% in 2005. Likewise, in 1995, gas generated 29.63% which rose marginally to 30.1% 10 years later.

With regards to the remaining methods of producing energy, there was an approximate 5% growth in production from both nuclear power and other sources to 10.10% and 9.10% respectively. Petrol, on the other hand, was the only source of energy which decreased in production from 29.27% in 1995 to around a fifth (19.55%) in 2005.

Pie Chart Tips

  • Always highlight the largest and smallest proportions
  • If there are two pie charts in different time periods, then you must highlight the key changes / trends
  • Use pie chart language – accounts for / comprises of / represents
  • The phrase “Units are measured in …” should be used when the units have not been stated in the previous sentence.

Recommended Lessons

How to describe an IELTS pie chart, click here
IELTS Bar Chart Model Answer
Line Graph Model Answer

See All Writing Task 1 Tips, Model Answers and Video Lessons

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  1. Anas A Siddiqui says:

    Do General Writing Tasks includes pie charts or bar graphs or tables?

  2. why there not find conclusion?

  3. Good day, Ms. Liz!

    I noticed that the sources of energy were not presented on the introduction, if I choose to present or omit it, will it affect the scoring?

  4. Harman virk says:

    Hi mam.. can we write introduction for pie chart like ” the slices of pie chart illustrates that….”

  5. siddhartha says:

    thank you liza

  6. Thankx liz mame well work i am agree100%

  7. Hi Liz,

    What do you mean in the last paragaph of the sentence “a fifth”?

    Thank you

  8. Gulalai Amin says:

    Hello Liz.
    Which tense should be used while describing pie charts that have no reference of time, for example, comparison of leisure activities of boys and girls?
    Thank you.

  9. Hi Liz, I wish to know whether it is necessary to use paraphrases throughout the report just to avoid using the exact words that is used in the topic even once? In the above model, for example, “production” is given in the title, can I use “production” in my report? Or should I avoid using “production” at all? Many thanks.

    • Be careful when you paraphrase. Not all words can or should be paraphrased. The skill of paraphrasing is knowing when to change a word and when to keep it the same. So don’t feel that all words need to be changed. A report is a report !! Also don’t forget that you don’t need a title for your IELTS writing.

  10. Thank Liz for your sharing!

  11. Another question ma’am. I hope there are no penalties for writing “percentage” in one part of the essay and “%”in another part? Are we to stick with one method or we can use both as we please? Thanks.

    • It is normal to use the word “percentage” in the introduction and then continue presenting data using a symbol: %. Completely fine.

  12. Thank you Liz for your lessons. I want to ask if we can add “Units are measured in percentage” for this pie chart.

  13. Jhoan Guerrero says:

    Hi Liz,

    I was practicing task 1. I came across with a pie chart where compare the usage of water for three different purposes in six different areas in the world. I got so confused as 6 pie graphs are given and I don’t know how to develop the body paragraphs. What would you do in those cases? I wish I could post the picture.

    • That example comes from IELTS Cambridge book 11, test 1. Please make sure you get the book as it is an authentic IELTS question. When you write a task 1, the overview presents a view of the main features. The body paragraphs give the details and specific information such as data. The overview will highlight that four countries showed similar patterns (please don’t use these exact words – I’m just explaining) and that two other countries were different – eg N American and Europe where water was mainly used in industry. Your body paragraphs will then give the details of four countries and the other body paragraph give the details of the other two countries. Always organise categories logically in task 1.

      Also remember that there is more than one way to tackle a writing task 1. Other people might organise it differently. However, this is the most immediately obvious and logical way.

  14. Muzammil says:

    Hi Liz,

    Are there any exclusive video lessons on Pi-charts & Diagrams for Writing task-1?? Is it common to get Pi-charts and Diagrams in Task-1??… Actually your lessons are based on bar graphs and Line Graphs mostly so kindly guide me regarding this question.

    Best regards

  15. Hi Liz,

    Thanks for the great work you’re doing! One remark: When you say: Energy produced (…) at a mere 1%, this is actually incorrect. What you’re meant to say is one percentage POINT. The actual percentage rise is roughly 3.7% (30.9-29.8/29.8*100%). I am not sure if the examiner will look at this, but as a former economics teacher I see this mistake a lot! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Keep up the great work!

    • I’m not sure what you are referring to. All IELTS pie charts give the percentages or the units sepcifically and students must use what is written on the paper. Any deviation from figures printed on their task sheet will result in lower marks. This is a simple English language test.

      • kimotrainingHQ says:

        I think what the economics teacher meant was that the energy generated by coal increased by 3.7% of the TOTAL amount of energy produced in 1995 by COAL ONLY.
        In the report shown above, I believe that the amount of energy increased can be said to be 1% of the total energy produced in 2005 no matter what the source is.
        However, according to what all IELTS instructors told me, this is an English exam not an Economics exam. This is why I could not agree more with you about this.

    • Dear Vincent,
      I think that you might make a mistake when saying that the percentage rise is 3.7%. Because the figures given were already in percentage form, not in the absolute values, so you can not calculate percentage changes like the way we calculate for absolute values.
      If you have any research analysing as the way you calculated, please refer to us by a reference link, I would love to see.
      Thank you.

  16. Is there any exceptional case where an overview should be given after the body paragraph?For instance ,when the question is to give a report to….in task 1

    • You can put it after the introduction or at the end of the report. It’s your choice. Sometimes it can be combined in the same paragraph as the introduction.

  17. yahya nazir says:

    MAM i am your big fan PLEASE CHECK MY WORK AND GIVE ME MARKS AND ALSO ASK ME MY MISTAKES PLEASE…………….. The in focus pie chart quite emphatically illustrates the consumption of five kinds of energy in France with respect to 10 years period. The overall summary of this chart demonstrates that the production of coal and gas stand fluctuate with mildly changes in 1995 and 2005. By scrutinizing the year 1995,it is well evident that coal and gas covered 29.80% and 29.63% area.While,29.27% proportion has been occupied by petro.Furthermore,nuclear and other energy production in France depicts meager level i.e (nuclear) 6.40% and (others) 6.90% respectively. As we analytically glance at the next year 2005,we observe that coal and gas exhibit tediously rise in 2005 as compared to 1995 and that is 30.93% and 30.31%. On the other hand, petro is progressively abate in 10 years period and stand at the ratio of 19.55%. Likewise, nuclear and other energy reveals sequentially climb to 10.10% and 9.10% respectivelly.

  18. dear madam,
    without writing overview in second paragraph,instead of it if we write conculsion part at last. did it wrong?

  19. sem iileka says:

    Hi Liz
    I just want to know in the IELTS Listening exam question do i have to wait for the speaker to finish talking before i transfer my answer to the answer sheett or i have to write while she/he is talking?

  20. Hi Liz,
    I think the word growth in “there was an approximately 5% growth” should be uncountable. What’s your opinion?


  21. Mam, can you please upload topic pie chart for academic BC

  22. Hello, thank you so much!
    Was wondering.. It is written “over the 10 year period”. Is it an expression or I can write the word “year” in plural?
    Thank you!

  23. Liz….is it okay to write…
    The percentage of coal produced in 1995 accounted for 29.80%.

    Is it acceptable in Task 1 or not?
    Thank you.

  24. Hi Liz !!

    This is me from Pakistan, Thanks a lot for your great effort ,its really helpful i am very grateful to you:) Wishing you all the best and have great day:)

  25. That is really helpful …. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Hi Liz,
    Is it recommended to write percent instead of %?
    just in case for word counting?

  27. Hi dear Liz,

    Just want to ask regarding the words, “with regards to” is that gramatically correct?

    Thanks a lot for your great lessons!

  28. Hi Liz,

    Is it acceptable if I “ADD” the given values in the pie chart?
    Example: I wrote..
    In terms of non-sports as a whole, boys decreased almost three times to 12% (reading books 2% and listening to musics 10%) compared to girls with a value of 31% (reading books 21% and listening to musics 10%).

    Please help…

    Thanks a lot.

  29. Pradeepan Patra says:

    Can we write something like technological advancement has caused an increase in application of Nuclear energy as source by 2005?

    • Never add reasons which are not presented in the charts.

    • Dear Liz,
      Can I ask you how can I improve my writing score (Academic IELTS) in just one month? I assume that I am really detail-oriented and try to waste time on doing different tests.
      I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

      • Try one of my advanced lessons for writing task 2. You will soon see if you are on the right track or not:

        • Thank you very much dear Liz. That was really helpful. Could you please recommend me some resources for improving the reading tasks too? I’ve almost done all tests of Cambridge Books (4-11) but I couldn’t learn how to manage the time yet. Actually, I need band score 7 for getting admission from a university. I’ve taken IELTS once and I got 6.00 (R: 6, S: 6.5, W: 6.5 and L: 6). Do you think that I can do all my best in just one month?
          Best Regards,

          • Did you check the main reading page of my blog: Read all the tips pages, watch the free video and then start practicing. Your aim is to develop understanding of how IELTS paraphrase, how they set traps and the techniques for different types of questions. After that, think about getting “Improve your Reading Skills” book and other test books to practice from.

  30. Hello Liz,

    Thank you very much, your website is fantastic, starting from the structure, material and ending with your method of teaching.

    It helped me a lot and I hope, I will get the band that I am aiming to. ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Can I write elucidate for task 1 type question
    In intro
    Thank you

    • No, it isn’t recommended.

    • Cherry Anne Galutan says:

      Hello guys. could anybody check my work?

      The two given pie charts illustrates and gives information about the difference between the
      energy production during 1995 and 2005 in France. There were 5 different kinds of energy produced, namely gas, petroleum, nuclear, coal, and others. Overall, it is clear that the highest energy produced over a 10 year period was coal whereas the least energy produced was others. It is also evident that over a 10 year period there was minimally increased of production in coal, gas, nuclear and other energies while the remaining type of energy which was petroleum decreased its production.

      In detail, during 1995, French produced about a third (exactly 29.80%) of coal, precisely 29.63% of gas, about 6.40% of nuclear energy and less than 5% of other energy. However, after 10 years (2005), all the said energies increased its production, about more than a third for coal (30.93%), exactly 30.31% for gas, precisely 10.10% for nuclear and about 9.10% for other energy.

      On the other hand, the remaining energy which was petroleum decreased its production after 10 years, about merely 10% of the total percentage was removed, with an actual figure of 29.27% during 1995 and 19.55% during (2005)

  32. liz is best teacher for english. the way she teaches is awesome. material in website may help me to score good in ielts. thank you liz

  33. Hi mam Liz,

    Is it good to write this in my introduction? – “The figures were expressed in percentage.”

    Thank you so much mam. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • If you have already mentioned that the chart shows percentages, you won’t need to mention it again. If you haven’t, then, yes, present that information in a separate sentence.

  34. Hi Liz, it is really a worthy website.
    I am wondering if I can state the name of sources in the introduction.

    Thank you in advanced.

  35. Where is the conclusion??? Miss lizz
    I wrote- to sum up , during both the years coal and gas energy production was maximum as compared to other energy sources

  36. Hi I can write that or not in Iles exam
    In introduction
    The two pie charts compare of the comparison
    across different of energy production in franch in the years 1995 and 2005 .for five of sectors ,it is evident of this time frame there was significant change in their proportion of comparison of energy production transaction

  37. Hi Liz,

    I found your website incredibly informative. Thanks for your work.

    I am wondering whether or not petro in this case is also a kind of major source in energy consumption. Gas, coal and petro accounted for over 80% in those two years.

    Thanks for your help.

    • Sure. That is absolutely possible. Each person will interpret data slightly differently. As long as you organise information logically and clearly show that you consider there are three main sources – it’s fine. Some writers will only mention one main source, some two or some three. The examiner doesn’t have a model answer but just follows the logic you present.

  38. Can we write Introduction and Overview in same first paragraph?
    Is it good to write a single body paragraph or two or many?

  39. hello maam,

    is it ok to write the overall statement. at the end of the explanation of the graph.

  40. Rokita Gurung says:

    hi liz! All the way from Nepal. preparing for IELTS. Help me in writing task 2

  41. Raju Dhillon says:

    Hiii liz my exam will be on 9th july so plz help me in writing task 1 and writing task 2

  42. Thanks Liz , you are a gem as always !

    There are a few areas I am not clear of when reading the model answer :

    1. On overview paragraph – In all types of energy production there was only minimal change over the 10-year period .
    I noticed that someone mentioned about this before, and I am not sure I see an answer , with the 10% difference in petrol source over the 10 years period , is it not better to include this ? Such as – Besides petrol , all types of energy …
    The next question is mainly my own ignorance, why is it was and not were when discussing regardings in all types of energy ?

    2. On body paragraph 1 – Likewise, in 1995, gas generated 29.63% which rose marginally to 30.1% 10 years later.
    After 29.63% as above , is it normal not to include some descriptions such as 29.63% of energy production etc .

    I am aware that you are not back till after Autumn. Though my exam is tomorrow, however , please do only answer me at your convenience time.

    Many thanks in advance.

    • Question 1: 10% is not a great change at all. If you look at the general layout of the pie charts, there is almost no change. There are only slight changes. Had one source of energy grown by 25% or 50%, then we could not have written that. Remember that this is an overview which looks at main trends rather than smaller detail.
      Question 2: The topic sentence of BP1 shows that this is about energy production. It is not necessary to repeat this in every sentence which follows. As long as the topic sentence is clear and contains all information, you don’t need so much subsequent repetition.

      Good luck tomorrow!

      • Thank you, Liz for replying so promptly and your ever so kind wishes.
        Wish you a very nice day ahead .

  43. Hi Liz,

    I just have one simple question. For pie chart, can we use adjectives like ‘highest/higher’ and ‘lowest/lower’ instead of ‘biggest/bigger’ and ‘smallest/smaller’ if we want to report the percentages? A friend of mine said we should only use those adjectives if we want to describe graphs.

    Hope to hear from you. Thanks!

  44. sibtain raza says:

    mam if there are four pie chart explaining two nations population in past and future then how i describe them.

  45. Yadwinder says:

    Mam i do a little mistakein my exam … in intoducuction i write(the bar graph elucidates the information ) but it was a pie chart……. so what band score would be deducted in my task 1???

    • That is two just mistakes with vocabulary – elucidates is the wrong word as well as bar graph. More mistakes means a lower score. However, I can’t predict your exam score.

  46. Juby rajan says:

    Can u correct my writing tasks plzz

  47. Hi liz
    Would you please give me your email address? I would like to send you a report to put some comment on whenever you are free. My exam is on 20th February, so I request you to do me a favour if you can.

    Thanks a lot !

  48. Hi, I have one problem
    I want to know that if in the chat has information about population in 2050 year what I write will or may in line?

  49. Hi Liz
    I just want to say a big thanks for your web providing a very valuable lesson for people around the world.
    Greets from Indonesia

  50. can boys and girls be phrased as males and females.
    substitiutes for culture and leisure.
    substitutes for expenditure.
    substitutes for household.

  51. Hello Liz!
    First of all, I want to thank you for your very useful tips.
    Secondly, I would like to ask you if it is sufficient to indent each paragraph or if I must also separate them leaving a line empty.
    Thank you so much for your help! I’m having the test in two weeks and I’m pretty nervous!


  52. mary ann r. medrano says:

    In pie chart, can we also write units are meaured by percentage? Or is it only applicable in the line graph and bar chart? Because your model answer did not mention it. Thanks.

  53. Dear Ms liz

    I appreciatet the most of any you post about related ielt.

    I am not sure yet about writing acadamice task1,Pie chart.

    Can we describe any information in 1st pie chart., then we describe information in secont type. and please give me the sampling pie chart as mention above,.

    i need it urgent because i will exam soon.

    thank u inadvanced.

    Koh Phlek

  54. Hi Ms. Liz
    I wrote about the pie charts and I’ll deliver it to my IELTS teacher.please check it.Where I wrote wrongly?
    The pie charts illustrates five different sources of energy production(coal,gas,petrol,nuclear and others),compared in France between 1995 and 2005. Units are measured in percentages.

    Overall , it can be seen that the most significant sources of energy production were coal and gas,accounted for less than a third in both years,increased by 1%.

    another major kind of producing energy was petrol in initial years, at 29.27%.However,energy produced by petrol a minority less than a fifth in 2005.

    With regards to the remaining types of producing energy (nuclear and others) at 6.40% and 4.90% respectively. The figures were similar in 2005,produced just more than a fifth.

  55. Hoang Minh says:

    hi, teacher Liz… i don’t know the reason why the petro had a significant change ( 29.27% to 19.55%) but in your overview of report: all of type had a minimal change! please help me, teacher)

  56. Hello Liz,

    I tried to write this with my own version without seeing yours, Can I go with this kind of approach? As examiner, what is the approximate score for this following task?

    I have issues with grammar and I will fix those soon.

    The two pie charts describe about the energy production comparison in France between ranges of time 1995 to 2005. The samples of energy included on the research are Coal, Gas, Petro, Nuclear and other kind of resources.

    Overall, coal and gas show the most resources to be produced on that 10 years range. Meanwhile, other kind of resources and nuclear are on the last orders in both years. All of the energy production showing a expanding percentage except for the Petro.

    Between 1995 and 1995, the percentage of Petro is decreasing over almost 10%, but this experience is not happened on other 4 types of energy used in the research. For example, Gas and Coal increased insignificantly with the growth not more than 2%. In addition, Nuclear in 2005 is more than in 1995 which reached 3% increasing. The same expanding is also shown in other kind resources but in the different percentage which is 4.2%


    Thank you so much for your update.

  57. syed intisar says:

    Hi ,i am having a doubt “overall .in both years the most significant source of energy were coal and gas…should i write “was”..plz rply the message

  58. thanks a lot .you are really nice teacher .I m impressed to watch your lectures.

  59. Liz, can I use “collectively” instead of overall?

  60. Hi Liz,

    Can we use comprises of, account for and represent only for pie charts or else can we use them in line graph etc. ?

    Thank you.

    • It’s mostly for pie charts. It can be used for tables or bar charts but not often for line graphs which reflect change over time.

  61. Hi Liz,
    First, thank you very much for your extraordinary service.

    For the overall statement instead of your last sentence there (minimal changes) if we use such a sentence like ” Only amount of petro decreased as an energy source, while four other types increased to some extent for the period given ” does it also work ?


    • Yes, the technique words but check your grammar.

      • Dear Liz,

        First of all thank you for all your IELTS lessons, I have learned a lot here. I have a doubt, in task 1, do we need to write a conclusion like task 2? This is the only confusion I have. Thank you.

        • The examiner is looking for an overview in task 1 not a conclusion. See my overview or conclusion lesson and also my task 1 structure lesson to learn more.

  62. Dear Liz,

    Thank you for the model answer for the pie chart. You have written as “very slight increase of about a mere 1%”. My question is do we still need to wright mere since we have used slight and about in the same sentence.? (all three are synonyms? may be duplicate?)

  63. Hi Liz,

    Thanks your tips.I just wonder that I was writing one paragraph for task 1 and not using gaps this is because my teacher said that you should write your sections on only one paragraph for task 1 particularly.Should I write another paragraph my sections?

    • 25% of your marks is based on your ability to organise information into different paragraphs. Using just one paragraph will lower your score. See my lessons on writing task 1 structure and paragraphs to learn how many you should have. This is not my opinion, this is fact based on the requirements of IELTS.
      All the best

      • Liz, please help me. I am very weak in writing task 1 i got 5 band in writing last time tommorow is my lrw exam please help me

    • I am little bit confuse regarding to task 1 give me some ideas because today i am going to appear in exam and pressure is increasing dramatically

      • Focus on getting a very clear overview written. See my model answers to check the information in the overview.
        Good luck

  64. Liz,
    Should I skip one space between each paragraph in the real exam?

    • Yes, it is a good idea to do that. It helps the examiner see your paragraphs more clearly.

      • Thank you for such an interesting answer, little corrections like this made my day, because, I have been having issues with a similar problem. very much appreciated.

  65. thanku liz for your lessons.the lessons u give are very clear n helpful

  66. hamza gaffar says:

    hi ,
    i was just wondering if the overview has to be written before the two body paragraphs? to get a score of 9 , or is it ok if i write it after the body paragraphs.. will it matter like in terms of my score ?

  67. Hi Liz, I am a bit confused about what tense to use in writing task 1. Please enlighten me on this. Thank you.

    • You use past tense when you are given dates in the past. You use future forms when you have dates in the future. You use the present tense when there are no dates given.
      All the best

  68. Hello Teacher,
    Please which is correct? illustrate or illustrates? I am asking based on the introduction above please. Thank you.

    I hope for a nice performance tomorrow.

  69. hi
    thank you so much for your this gratitude.i love the way your are teaching n your smile as well.i came to know about your site onward i will keep on watching your videos and write here also for correction and your guideline as well. hope you will help me in getting required band.stay blessed

  70. Hi Liz, we never have to write possible reasons for trends which are shown in the charts / diagrams in IELTS part1?
    And is both possible: “With regard(s) to the remaining…” ?
    Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

    • You never write opinions or reasons for data. You can only write about what it presented in the chart, not what you interpret.

  71. hii…Liz I need ur favour..I have done IELTS from 2 diff. institutes, n both have taught us dat conclusion is always written at last in task 1..tomorrow is my exam..n I need 2 know whether 2 write overview or conc. in exam..also at what sequence..after d intro or at last 2 get good score

  72. Hi Liz,
    why dont you mention the type of sources in your introduction?

    best wishes Vince

    • And one more point:
      Why do you start with overall, my teacher told me you use the word “overall” for a conclusion, therefore it would be better to start with ” it is evident”. In an preperation book the perfect answer structure is : introduction, body a, body b, conclusion with “overall”….

      • You can start with any word you want. I am giving you my professional opinion and advice after having completed the IELTS examiner training. You choose to follow it or not.

    • It is not necessary.

  73. Hi,in listening test in our answers is a,the are required ?is that compulsory.

  74. ASMAA NOFAL says:

    Hi liz,
    Can i send you some of my essay and some of my work in writing task 1 to be marked and corrected .
    i really will appreciate your effort with because i am writing and practicing and i don’t know if it is correct or not

  75. thank you very much

  76. thank you Miss Liz

  77. Hi Liz,
    ” Over the 10 year period” or ” over the 10 years period ” ?

  78. Dear Liz,

    huge thanks for your blog! It’s really very interesting and useful!!!!

    Last sentence of the answer includes word “fifth”, shouldn’t it be “third”?


    • No, it ‘s right. It says “to a fifth” which means around 20%. You are thinking of “by a fifth” which relates to the difference. Be really careful using “to” (arriving at a point) and “by” (a difference).
      All the best

  79. Hello Liz,
    Your lessons are very useful thank you so much!
    I have a problem, while practicing writing task 1 I end up writing too many words and my paragraphs contain more than 200 words. I try focusing on the main key features or ideas but when there are is a lot of details about the chart I get really confused of what to and what not to write.
    Any tips for that?

    Thank you again for reading and replying ๐Ÿ™‚

    • When there is a lot of information to give, group it together. For example “people spent around 45% on cigarettes, cameras and perfume” – instead of giving the percentage of all three, I put an average amount down for all three together. Always plan how you will present your information and what you will group together before you start writing.
      All the best

  80. I understand, thank you Liz. More power.

  81. Good day Liz! Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I believe you that there is no conclusion in task 1. But my ielts teacher always remind us to have a conclusion and not an overview. My exam is fast approaching. I don’t want to be confused about this. I am really worried ๐Ÿ™ thanks again Liz. Thanks for always smiling. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • This is not about believing teachers, it is about reading the band score descriptors published by IELTS to help students understand what they need to do to get their score. Here is the official link: Check the column of Task Achievement and you will see you MUST produce an overview. This is not an opinion, it is official. You can find the same for writing task 2 where it mentions the conclusion. Has your teacher completed the IELTS examiner training course? Doubtful.
      All the best

      • Thank you, Liz! I will take note of that. I am reading your lessons everyday. My exam is on August 1. I will send you some of my writings before my exam. Thanks again and have a good day! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

        • I wrote the ielts using liz standard -introduction ,overview ,paragraph body 1 and 2 and for part 2 -introduction (paraphrase ),thesis ,2 body paragraph and a conclusion .The out come – BS =8 . Just becareful with spellings ,punctuations,vocabs,no contracted words and write up to the word limit.Finally read through all the responses to comments and believe in yourself
          Just the reading was my Achilles foot- BS 6.5

  82. karthik says:

    Hello mam,

    Does both the writing tasks contain same waitage

  83. Sherzod says:

    Hi Liz,
    I have an ielts exam on 23 of July and have a problem with Task 1.
    I want to ask you about the introduction of Task 1. May I use this structure:
    The pie charts provide a breakdown of ….

    All the best,

  84. Hi Liz.
    I am completely confused if i have to go with an overview or a conclusion.
    I got some samples of writing task 1 checked by my tutor and she informed me about using a conclusion instead of an overview. Then, i found your blog with lots of tips which i think are very helpful. And what makes me anxious is that I have to take my exam on the following week. I just wanted to clarify if an overview will help me in obtaining a good score rather than going for a conclusion. Is that right? I hope I can hear from you soon.

    • It clearly states on the band score descriptors published by IELTS that an overview is essential for task 1 and a conclusion is needed for task 2. This isn’t an opinion, it is information given by IELTS. You must take a look at the band score descriptors – just google them or you can find a link to them on my Band Score Page in the IELTS Extra section. This is also explained very clearly in the IELTS examiner training.
      All the best

  85. Thank you,mam.
    Am i in the right track to get over 6.5 or 7?

  86. John Daniel says:

    Hi Liz,
    I tried to have ago to write a report about the chart above, however, I got confused, before writing and just after reading the introduction of the model answer , about the “five energy sources”. The question is how did you determine the number of energy sources when there is a section labelled by “others”?
    You are kindly requested to explain how and why
    Many thanks

    • I understand your confusion. But don’t over think this. There are five colours and five categories in the pie charts. “Other” counts as one category as shown in the pie charts. You should write this as “other forms of energy account for …..”. It is quite common for IELTS to give type of category in a pie chart, table or bar chart.
      All the best

  87. hi,
    very thanks for your very helpful lessons
    kindly,have you standard answer fit for most task 1
    thanks for help,regards.

  88. alauddin ahammad says:

    hi,Liz i am a fan of you. i am really benefited watching your video.

  89. Sanzida says:

    Liz, Thanks a lot for clarification. You are the best !

  90. Hi Liz , can i use the adjective ‘ drastic’ when i describe an increase in pie chart or it is only used with line graphs ?

    • Hi,

      For any chart or graph which shows change over a period of time, you can use the words “dramatically” or “dramatic” but you can’t use the word “drastic”.
      All the best

      • imranakhtar says:

        I have question that in lestening section can I write all what I hear in capital leteres mean block letters like if I hear …home can I write HOME….

  91. Hi Liz
    Thank you so much for this amazing website
    I would like to ask you a question about the third paragraph please

    when you wrote ” slight increase of about a mere 1% to 30.9 in 2005 ”what mere means in here
    if you meant” no more than ” 1% , i afraid it would be wrong because i think it rose by a hair more than 1% from 29.80 to 30.9
    i just want to know what mere means in here please

    Thanks a lot

    • Hi,

      There are two key words in that sentence. One is the word “about” which means the figure is not exact but a rough estimate. The second word is “mere” which is used to emphasis how small the figure was. We could also use “just” instead.
      All the best

  92. how about pie charts which talk about something in the past and something is in the future ? how can I use them together and which tense I can use in this case? 2010 and 2020

    • Hi,

      Pie charts as you have described are pie charts of change and you must highlight the main increases and decreases in your overview. You will need to use both past simple and future forms. Here’s an example of a sentence: “The percentage of people travelling abroad was 20% in 2010 and is expected to rise considerably by more than double to 50% in 2020.” You can see I have used “was” and also “is expected to rise”.
      All the best

  93. Dear Liz
    I would like to assess your web and got lots from that because lots of good materials.

    can I join in your lessons to learn more from you?
    I look forward to hearing from you

    • Hi,

      I post free IELTS lessons each day for free on this blog. You can get them delivered for free by email if you follow this link:

      At present I don’t offer any private lessons. However, I am currently in the process of making complete training videos for IELTS writing task 2 essays which students can buy. As soon as I have one ready I will post a notice on this blog.

      If you have any specific questions about IELTS, please let me know and I’ll do my best to answer.

  94. Well done! May i ask if its ok not to write conclusion in the task 1?

    • Hi,

      There’s no conclusion for task 1. In task 1, there is an overview with the key features and in task 2 there is a conclusion which restates the main points.
      All the best

  95. Hi Liz
    Good day. I am planning to sit for IELTS on 14th February 2015 and started to prepare myself by watching your videos which are really amazing. Thanks a lot for making IELTS easily graspable for everyone

    • Thanks. I’m glad they help. Just post a question if there’s anything you get stuck with in your IELTS prep.
      All the best

  96. Hi Liz best of the new year.I have been try to locate you lecture on writing task one for combination of pie chatr and a grapg or a graph and a tables.

    • Hi,
      I haven’t put one up yet. But here are some tips for you:
      1. introduce both charts in your introduction
      2. put key features of both charts in your overview
      3. normally you would have one body paragraph for each chart
      4. think carefully about how much detail you will give for each chart – you will get a lower score if you overload your report with too much detail
      5. keep your writing to under 200 if possible
      I’ll put up a model in the next few weeks.
      All the best

  97. Hi,
    I am starting to prepare for IELTS test that is coming on 14th of February. Your site have made it clearer, on what I need to focus on and the expectations from the graders of the test. Thanks a lot.

  98. thank you very much.
    the site is very useful for me
    and i said to the God to save you and open the way around you as a result to your work in this site.
    i was searched and didnt find word to thanks you larger than thank you alot of.

  99. i just want to confirm that i mostly used to write conclution in around 30 words at the end of IELTS writing task-1

    i usually start like “After gone throught the deeper analysis of (Chart, table, line graph) provided by the authority”………………………..

    please let me know is it beneficial to use this kind of language at the end….?

    • Hi, for IELTS writing task 1, there is no conclusion but there is an overview which contain the key features. Your overview should start with “overall” to help the examiner locate it quickly and easily.
      Also when writing IELTS it is essential that you don’t use learned phrases such as “After going through the deeper analysis” or “provided by the authority”. This language is not appropriate for IELTS writing task 1.

  100. Awesome. ..Thanks !!!!

  101. Thank you very much. It is really helpful ๐Ÿ˜€

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