Is the Overview Important in IELTS WT1? Answers

IELTS Writing Task 1 Overview (Academic Paper): Tips, Videos and Answers

Do all types of writing task 1 have an overview?

Yes. ALL TYPES of writing task 1 for the academic paper should have an overview. The types are listed below.

  1. bar chart
  2. pie chart
  3. table
  4. line graph
  5. map
  6. diagram (process)

All the above types MUST have an overview.

What is an Overview?

  • An overview is a statement or statements which contain all the key features in the task given to you.
  • It is important that the key features are collected in one overview and not put in different places.
  • An overview will contain all features – this means if you have two charts, there is only one overview which contains the key features for both tasks.
  • You are marked on your ability to choose the key features. Each task will be different.

Is the Overview Important?

Yes. It is the most important paragraph in your writing task 1 for the academic paper.

The overview is marked in the marking criterion of Task Achievement. This criterion counts for 25% of your writing task 1 marks. The examiner will look specifically for an overview in all types of writing task 1 (academic). See below:

Band 5 = no clear overview

Band 6 = presents an overview

Band 7 = presents a clear overview

You can see that your score will go up or down depending on your overview. If you miss the overview, you will get Band 5 or below in Task Achievement. If you are aiming for band 7, 8 or 9, you must have a clear overview with key features well selected and highlighted.

Learn more about the band score requirements of IELTS writing task 1 on this page: Band Score Tips & Info Writing Task 1

Overview or Conclusion?

See this video about the difference between an overview and a conclusion.

Paragraphing: Where to put the overview?

See this video lesson to learn about the paragraphs for writing task 1, including where the overview should be put.

Model Writing Task 1 Answers

See this page to take a look at model answers for all types of IELTS writing task 1. You will see the overviews for ALL types of writing task 1. Model Answers and Tips: IELTS Writing Task 1

Hope this was useful 🙂

All the best



  1. What is over view ??

  2. Thank you, Liz!

  3. hiwa ignace says

    thank you for your support

  4. Hi Liz
    This is Naim here from Pakistan.. I have been trying to get your all modules and learnt Bunches of new tactics. What I think, one must take your lectures so that they won’t waste time n money both… I would strongly recommend Liz for the IELTS students.
    Bless you forever…. Naim

  5. Ubaid Ilyas says

    Hello Liz,

    I need to know if cutting or overwritng in my WT1 or WT2 would cause me any penalty i.e deduction of marks or losing any band scores?

  6. Quite helpful…Madam …i am thankful to you

  7. thanks Mam Liz
    I appreciate it.

  8. blessings says

    Wonderful to hear that lesson
    God bless you mama for the great task you’re doing

  9. Dr tasin says

    Excellent mam

  10. Woops! Thanks Liz!

  11. Buthaina Abbas says

    Thanks Liz for these tips.It is very helpful to know these differences in writing.

  12. Hi liz im learning a lot from your videos thank you for that .Can you please help me by solving my confusion that while attempting exam do we have to give heading in our writing task ( overview,introduction…..).
    My exam is on 5th may

  13. Johnson Ibrahim says

    Hi Liz,
    I am quite elated to be associated with your impeccable and flawless tutorials here.
    My question here today is.
    My Test is on General Practice, doe’s this Overview apply?
    Thanks and keep up the good work ma’am

  14. Prudence ushele says

    Thanks liz. This is very useful to me. Be blessed

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