Watch this video to learn excellent tips about whether you need a conclusion or an overview for writing task 1 academic paper in IELTS. This is a common question asked by students and also a very common mistake to make in your test.
Knowing whether you need an overview or conclusion can make all the difference to your results. Transcript
Hello my name’s Liz. In this lesson I’m going to look at if you need a conclusion or an overview for IELTS writing task 1. This is a very important question and many students ask me about it. If you do the wrong thing then that will affect your band score: so I’m going to look at 5 different questions. Do I need a conclusion for task one? What is an overview? Is the overview important? Can I write an overview and a conclusion? and where can I put the overview? Let’s have a look at the first question.
Do I need a conclusion for task 1?
Well the answer is no, you don’t. In fact, it’s a bad idea to have a conclusion for task one. You have an overview for task 1 and you have a conclusion for task 2 for for your essay. Now a conclusion is a paragraph that repeats and restates the main points and of course in a short report you shouldn’t be repeating any information. So don’t have a conclusion. But you do need to have an overview. So that’s question two:
What is an overview?
Well overview is a paragraph and it contains all the key features of the chart or graph or whatever you have for your task 1. So all the key points are collected together and put in a overview paragraph.
Is the overview important?
It is so important it is critical for you IELTS writing task 1 this is for the criteria, task achievement. That’s 25 percent
of your marks and if you don’t have an overview, it will be almost impossible to get above band score five for that criteria. So very important indeed. And number 4:
Can I write an overview and a conclusion?
Please don’t. Again the overview contains all the key features and the conclusion is a repeat. We don’t want repetitive information. Also when you have an overview and a conclusion together, it means that you are dividing your key features into two different places and this will affect the criteria of coherence and cohesion, which is all about paragraphs. So it’s very important that all your key features are collected in one paragraph, in the overview, and they’re not again repeated anywhere else in that report. So definitely you cannot have both. And the last one :
Where can i put the overview?
The overview statement usually goes after the introduction but it is possible to put it at the end of your report after the body paragraphs. Which is the best place? For me, I prefer it after the introduction. I like to read all the main points before I read the details but again that’s up to you. Both places are logical. Now if you want some more lessons here are some links to help you prepare for you IELTS test see you soon
Conclusion or Overview: Video Tutorial
Note: This video replaces the reading video which will now be published next weekend.
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