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Reported IELTS Writing Task 1 Sept 2016

The diagram below was reported in IELTS writing task 1 in Sept 2016. It is one of the most difficult diagrams I have seen in the IELTS test.

I will post a model answer for this task 1 in a few days. Meanwhile, feel free to post your own writing. I won’t be able to comment on it but you can compare your writing with other students.

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  1. The diagram compares the basic tools our hunter-gatherer ancestors used in two different time periods; 1.4 million and 80,000 years ago.

    As can be observed from the illustration, there was a significant change in shape and size of the stone tools as human beings evolve and develop more skills over a long period of time. There appears also a gradual development towards a tendency to making the tools more agreeable for daily use and better looking too.

    1.4 million years ago, human beings used stones that are bigger in size , having blunt edges. Whereas 80,000 years ago, the tools got smaller in size than the ones that they have developed 80,000 years back. There was a remarkable shift in the shapes of the tools as well; they became more defined, triangular, with pointed and had sharp edges.
    It is also apparent that the implements looked lighter, convenient and possibly handy in the latter years than in the former years of 1.4 million years.

  2. This is very helpful site. Thanks Liz

  3. The diagram illustrate the 3 different cutting instruments humans used over two period of times (1.4 million years ago and 800,000 years ago).

    Overall, there are decrease in sizes of the stones used as cutting instruments by man over the given period of time. Also, the blunt edges of the cutting instruments are more pointed and sharp in the past 800,000 years.

    In the past 1.4 million years ago, the cutting tools were oval in shape and more blunt at the edges which would have made it difficult in cutting things while in the 800,000 years ago, the stones used as cutting tools have became more triangular in shape with pointed edges that could enable easier cutting of items.

    Furthermore, the cutting tools have reduced in size; the tools in the past 1.4 million years ago were little bigger and would required little effort to be held and used compared to the sizes in the 800,000 years ago which have grown quite smaller and also more easier to carry about.

  4. Harpreet Singh says:

    Hello Liz,

    I have been preparing for Ielts for last 2 months. I have watched many videos related to writing task 1.
    Now I get confuse that I should conclusion at the end or I shouldn’t ?

    Should I follow ‘intorduction -> overview -> body paragraphs’ format ?

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  7. Hi Liz I purchased your advanced writing practices videos last month but I got the above question for Writing task 1 and my result is W 6.5 R.7 L.7 and S 6. Now considering the part 1 I got a better score for writing this time so thanks for the lessons . My question is I always get a 6 in Speaking and Writing. This time part one of speaking, the examiner did not move on from the questions so I had to speak about more than 45 sec or so for each questions and again she would ask me some related question on the same topic. What should I do in this kind of situations, should I just stop after 15 to 20 sec or just keep on speaking until she tells to stop or next question is asked please help.I need to score 7 above in all.

    • For speaking, your score is calculated based on the language you produce, not your ideas. In part 1, the examiner should cover about 12 questions. Your answers for part 1 could be about the length of two sentences – answer the questions directly and then add extra information. Always expand your answers as much as possible until the examiner stops you. There are NO right or wrong answers – all answers are a chance to demonstrate your language skills. When the examiner asks a second conditional question, you give a second conditional answer. Pay attention to the tenses used in the questions to demonstrate your grammar skills.

  8. The diagram illustrates two patterns of cutting instruments used by the old mad in two periods of history ( 1.4 millions and 80000 years ago).
    Overall, there is a noticeable development in the design of tools which were more pointed, sharp-edged and asymmetric in the latest period compared to the prehistoric one.
    It is clear that tools has got more pointed shapes during 80000 years ago time as opposed to the oldest time at 1.4 millions years ago.
    Moreover, the man fabricated new tools with more sharp edges that enabled him to cut and slaughter more effectively at 80000 years ago, but the ones made at 1.4 millions years ago were blunt and not effective for this function.
    Lastly, it is obvious that the old man invented new techniques that helped him develop symmetric contour for the cutting appliances in 80000 years ago as opposed to what was seen in the prehistoric time at 1.4 millions years ago.

  9. The diagram illustrates the stones used as cutting implements by human in two different prehistoric times, 1.4 million years ago and 80.000 years ago.

    Overall, the shapes of the stones which from 1.4 million years ago look like raw materials that had rough surfaces, and blunt point, while that of from 80.000 years ago was properly faced, which had not only sharp points but also well rounded ends. On the other hand, the sizes of the stones stayed almost the same over the period of 60.000 million years.

    With regard to the function as the cutting tools, the early ones were not enough to cut something sharply, in comparison to the later ones that had pointed edges, and this was a notable feature of them. Particularly, a later stone, which is in the middle of the row below, was extra sharp on the both ends.

    From 1.4 million years ago to 80.000 years ago, man dramatically developed their cutting tool made of stone, which uneven and slapped surfaces turned into polished and circular faces.

  10. The diagram illustrate man’s tools for cutting which are 1.4 million and 80 thousand years old. During the Stone Age the hand tools like these were making from flint. At the same time each of these stones were designed to be held in one hand and had a sharp point and edge in order to make cutting work easier.

    In comparison, the newest version of these ancient instruments look more functional since people have improved shape for more effective use and sharped edges. In addition, if the oldest has oval shape, another one is triangle and almost twice as thinner in the lateral position .Also, the frontal surfaces became smoother.

    To sum up, the newest cutting tool is clearly better designed to be more effective implement suggesting that the Stone Age people had learned how to make the tools better.

  11. The diagrams illustrate tue two different shapes of stone tools used for cutting, which were utilized by our ancestors, way back 1.4 million and 80,000 years ago.

    Overall,we can generally see that the first forms of cutting tools were blunt and oval-shaped, while the second forms of these cutting tools were sharp and triangular-shaped. It was also apparent that the tools from 80,000 years ago were more suitable for cutting objects.

    Regarding the ancient objects used for cutting 1.4 million years ago, the stones were formed without sharp edges on top. The stones were also difficult to handle since they had irregular oval shapes in their bottom part. Furthermore, they were bulkier in size.

    However, 80,000 years ago, the stones were shaped in triangular forms, making them convenient to carry. In addition, the top part were pointed, making it sharp and suitable for slicing things. Lastly these tools were more appropriate to handle since they had become thinner in size and lesser in weight.
    —Liz, is this okay?is my overall statement apt? thank you

  12. Hi liz, i agree with you that this is the most difficult diagram i came across ever. My ielts test is on saturday 8th of october, could you kindly post the model answer before that time so we can have the right vocabularies to use.

    Many many thanks indeed for your tiredless efforts in preparing us for our exams.

    • I’m so sorry but I’m not well today and I won’t be able to write the model answer until this weekend or even next week.

  13. Let me try.. 🙂
    The picture compares the stoned- cutting tools by the primitives between 1.4 million years ago and 80,000 years ago. Overall, it can be seen that the top part of the stone has molded to its sharpest point.
    The front and backside of the stone as it was illustrated from the left and right diagram has changed from being blunt to sharpened top, which also a noticeable mere inverted diamond-shaped. Furthermore, the texture remained roughly the same.
    The middle picture, on the other hand, displayed the lateral side of the stone. The thickness from 1.4 million years ago had evolved to a thinner feature 80,000 years later, while the upper side and base area has been sharply pointed.
    The length and width, with approximately 5 to 8 cm and 3 to 4 cm respectively did not change from its primordial form. However, there has been a more refine edges in 80,000 years ago in contrast to the previous stone exhibited.

    • I don’t usually comment but I will give you a small hint. Your overview is the most important part of your writing task 1. Make sure it contains the main features not just one basic feature.

  14. Christina Bobby says:

    hi,,, i happened to attend that toughest question about cutting tool of different era.
    My result will be published tomorrow

  15. Abdul Rehman says:

    Hello Mam,
    I agree with your wording. It’s a too much difficult diagram I haven’t seen ever.
    Kindly post your answer, Because, I want to know that, if I would phase that question in my exam then what could I write. Because, I don’t have any words to illustrate it.
    So, waiting for your answer.

  16. sreerekha kiran says:

    Hi Liz,
    I think it is not the same stone shown in different angles.it might be three stones which were used in two different time periods.because there is a noticeable difference in sharpness but not in other parameters.Sorry if i am wrong.

  17. The diagram compare two sets of cutting stone tools from seperate period in human history. One set is around 1.8 million years old, whereas the other belongs to primitive men 80,000 years ago.
    cutting tools have been improved greatly with the evolution of mankind. It can be seen that tools from 1.8 million years ago are not well-processed, with only parts of their edges being available for cutting purposes. In contrast, tools from later period of prehistoric times are in good shapes with sharp edges, making them more easily to cut things.
    Despite such difference, the two sets of cutting tools also have one thing in common: the tools in the middle of both sets have marked difference from other ones. They more smaller in size and and thinner. This might imply that primitive men have already applied different tyeps of tools for special cutting purposes.

    Overall, cutting tools made from stone have changes significantly over time, with better shapes and effeciency; and human in early ages have already created tools in various size probably from different purposes.

    • This is a NEW VERSION after I read comments of other people who think there is only one tool with different angels in each time period.

      The diagrams compare two cutting tools used by primitive men in seperate periods. One is 1.4 million years old, whereas the other is used by humans living 80,000 years ago.

      Clearly, cutting tools made from stones have been improved greatly with the evolution of mankind. The 1.4 million-year-old tool is not well-processed, with many parts of its edge unable to be used for cutting things. In contrast, the one used 80,000 years ago has sharp edge, meaning that primitive men could cut things with it more easily when compared with its older counterpart.
      The tool in later period is also superior to the older one in shape. It can be seen that the tool dating back to 80,000 ago is carefully rubbed, so that both sides of it look quite similar. In comparison, the one used 1.4 million years ago looks more like a stone from natural world than a real cutting tool.
      Overall, stone tools for cutting purposes have changed significantly over time, with effeciency and shape becoming better.

  18. tonynguyen says:

    Thank you Mam!

  19. Mohammad Imran says:

    Thanks mam

  20. I too attempted this same Qn
    It was very difficult indeed
    A 0-5cm parameter was also given for this Qn

    • Do you mean that the cutting tools for both time periods had 0.5cm width? If you remember anything else about this diagram, let me know and I’ll make it again.

      • Hello Liza Mam,

        Please check my report on this question and let me know whether I reported correct.

        The diagram provides, a comparative study on two types of stones used as cutting tools by man in pre-historic era (1.4 million years ago) and middle-paleolithic (80,000 years ago)from different angle.

        Overall, the stones that were used as cutting tools before were shapeless,un-edged egg shaped and unsharpened which was later de-formed by flaking the cores and pointed tip for easy access.

        It can be clearly noticed that,initially when paleolithic man used stones as tools,they just selected appropriate stones and used it for their works may be chopping,digging or for throwing at a herd to stun them.In due course, these stones would either get wore out,deteriorated or broken with their use.

        Whereas in the second set of image it can be observed that,later as they gained knowledge and experience using these stones they started to sharpen them by rubbing and sharpening one side of the stone to create a sharp tip in order to get the required result which increased the work life of the tool too.

      • Patel Nirma says:

        Your diagram lacks information. First, the two tools were marked as tool A and tool B, in front, side and back view. Second, a scale was provided making it possible to accurately measure and compare both tools’ length and width. Third, tool B was much larger than what is shown in your diagram. With these information the task was not that tough.

        • Can you remember the measurements so I can add them? I can’t change the shape of the tools as I rely on the images I find on google.

          • Patel Nirma says:

            The shape is good, one was irregular and the other diamond-shaped, which was just bigger. The scale was in cm, i think 5 cm represented 2 cm actually. Also we could count the number of cutting edges in both diagrams. Here this isn’t visible. I compared both in terms of size with measurements, shape, cutting edges where i mentioned how many both have, and the circumference where tool A was ragged and B was smooth.

            • Thanks. I think it will be very difficult for me to reproduce that accurately unless someone drew the exact diagrams. I’ll have to stick with this version and hopefully you can still learn some tips from my model answer which I’ll post in a few days.

  21. I think there is just one stone in each era, which was photographed from different angles.

  22. AraShDeeP says:

    This was asked in India on 24th sept…….

  23. As I can see here, only one ston in three different angel of views in each era. So we need be described the cutting tools with comparing this three angles.

    Am I relight Ms. Liza?

  24. Emmanuel Okezie Amah says:

    This is my write up.

    The illustrations describe the type of implements used by early man in cutting things between 1.4 million years and 80, 000 years ago.

    Overall, the two diagrams underpin the crude implements used by primitive man in the earliest period of his existence. The stones undergo modifications in shape and size from something that looked like a hexagonal shape in the earliest times to a hornlike appearance and latter a more bizzare shape. Moreover, as man progressed towards modern life, the second diagram makes it obvious that he was able to acquire implements that enabled him to shape his stone to a desirable shape. Hence, we can see that the latter stones are beginning to have reasonable looks. These stones look like a diamond in appearance and with their pointed edges, brings to fore the improved craft of early man in ensuring that these stones do what he intended.

    During the period of 1.4 million years of man’s existence on earth, the illustration showed 3 different stones that man used in cutting things. The first stone is somewhat rough and almost shapeless. Man must have hewed out these stones for the purpose of his work of cutting. Progressively, he started modifying the shapes to enable him use them effectively.

    In the periods of 80,000 years ago, man started to have better forms out of his early stones. One can deduce that he obviously found a much better way to craft his stones. This may not be unrelated with Man’s civilization. One can appreciate the diamond shape of the stones used by man much later as opposed to the rough seemingly shapeless stones he used early in life.

  25. I wrote my eassay within 17 minutes. Please see below:

    The diagrams depict cutting instruments by a certain man in past 1.4 million and 80, 000 years. Clearly, it indicates that the methods are of distinct types in both years and the obvious cutting technique was the use of earthen properties particularly stones.

    Firstly, over a million years ago, the stones had similar structure, however at different degrees. The stones on the extremes were presented upwardly, the shapes on the west and east slightly decreased. Interestingly, the one on the left showed a minimal hump immediately after the slope.

    Another important point, addresses the stones in the centre in both years. These were quite smaller, with the earlier age stone reducing considerably at almost half way through to the peak. On the other hand, the feature of stone used 80, 000 years ago was pyramidally shaped pointing north and south. Interestingly, the other two stones in that age had the same pattern but a slight difference as the left one was a little smaller than the stone at the right.

    In conclusion, the primitive men were highly dependent on stones for a cutting approach. Importantly, the stones were of diverse shapes and sizes.

    Phew this test is hard. I await your response on how to go about this kind of task. Thanks Liz

    • Hi all! My understanding is that we do not see 6 different stones but two! One for 1,4 million years ago and one for 80.000 years ago. Correct me if I am wrong but I think it shows the stone in three dimensions – the two sides and the slide way one.
      What do you thing???!


      • That’s right. It is one stone for each time period shown at different angles.

        • Tricky tricky IELTS! Let’s play this game then!
          Thank you dear Liz for the clarification!

        • r vijayakrishnan says:

          Yes..it s a lateral and horizontal views of tool A and tool B…i do not clearly remember of the exact measurements and i think its .5 cm and another measurement was provided,and i think those figures were indicating the dark and white portions of the pictogram….i think past perfect tense would be more suitable to write this task…

  26. it’s tough and as well as difficult to get words in it’s description.

  27. The matter of this diagram is the way that the human obtains to cut the edges of the stones sufficiently, so if we look at the both part of the stone, we can see, how the human form eight thousand yeas ago have a sophisticated method for making the edges so sharp rather than the previous ones.
    Am I right?

  28. saikrishna says:

    really hard.

  29. Hi Liz,

    I personally do agree with your thoughts about this diagram. At the max, I can think of describing how human beings evolved and their thinking changed or evolved over time, that lead to the main changes in the appearances of cutting tools in the form of stones over that time.

    Apart from that, I would divide my paragraphs to explain clearly how the first, second and third cutting stone differed respectively in the two era described. I would mention, their appearances changed due to time and necessity as a part of human evolution. The later ones seem to be more sophisticated and having sharp pointed edges for more specific uses.

    I really need to think how to make it up to 150 words. If anyone can add on, please do that. Thank you.

  30. Challenging but shouldn’t be hard to write about.

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