Write an IELTS Task 1 Summary in 4 Easy Steps

By | March 23, 2015

In this post, you will learn the basic steps to write a IELTS Writing Task 1 Summary in 4 easy steps. These steps can be used for tables, bar charts and line graphs.

Read the steps carefully and then try to write a sample answer using the steps provided. When you are done, compare your answer with the model answer to see how you did.

We will use this graph to write the summary.

Bar chart - average number of lipsticks owned

HERE ARE THE 4 STEPS TO WRITE A SUMMARY

  1. Before You Start

Before you start your Task 1 summary, use 2 minutes to make notes. Underline important words in the question. Underline the title and important words in the graph key, if there is one. Underline dates. This will help you understand all parts of the graph.

  1. Describe the graph

The first sentence will be a description of the graph.

DO NOT COPY the sentences in the question to write the first sentence. You will lose points! Instead, use the words that you underlined in the question to write your own description.

Here is an example: The chart provides a summary of the average number of lipsticks owned by women in 5 cities, in 2009 and 2010.

  1. Give a general overview

Describe what is happening in the graph in general.

Here is an example of an overview for this graph:

Overall, the number of lipsticks owned in 20010 was higher than in 2009.

  1. Describe the most important parts.

If you are not sure what to write about in this section, start by telling what is highest, lowest, similar, and different.

Highest and Lowest

In 2009, the city with the highest average number of lipsticks owned by women was Dubai, while the lowest average was for Sao Paolo.

The women in Tokyo had the greatest average number of lipsticks in 2010, while Cape Town had the fewest.

Similar

In 2009, women in Dubai, New York and Tokyo had a similar number of lipsticks, at around 17.

In 2010, the average number of lipsticks owned was similar for Sao Paolo and New York.

Different

The average for Sao Paolo was considerably higher in 2010 than in the previous year, being 16 in 2010 and 5 in 2009.

Dubai and New York had similar figures for both years. In contrast, there was a significant difference in the number of lipsticks owned for the remaining 3 cities.

While New York was the only city that showed a decrease in the average number of lipsticks owned, all other cities had an increase.

Similar and Different

The women in New York and Tokyo had the same quantity of lipsticks in 2010, at 18 lipsticks. However, in the following year, the average number of lipsticks owned was considerably  higher for women in Tokyo, but slightly lower for women in Dubai.

Here is a model answer using the four steps. First, there is a description. Then, there is an overview. The main part describes important parts of the graph, including figures for highest, lowest, similar and different

MODEL ANSWER

The chart provides a summary of the average number of lipsticks owned by women in 5 cities, in 2009 and 2010. Overall, the number of lipsticks owned in 20010 was higher than in 2009.

In 2009, the city with the highest average number of lipsticks owned by women was Dubai, while the lowest average was for Sao Paolo. In 2010, however, the women in Tokyo had the greatest average number of lipsticks, while Cape Town had the fewest.

The average for Sao Paolo was considerably higher in 2010 than in the previous year, being 16 in 2010, and 5 in 2009. Both Dubai and New York had similar figures for both years. In contrast, there was a significant difference in the number of lipsticks owned for the remaining 3 cities. While New York was the only city that showed a decrease in the average number of lipsticks owned, all other cities had an increase.

The women in New York and Tokyo had the same quantity of lipsticks in 2010, at 18 lipsticks. However, in the following year, the average number of lipsticks owned was considerably  higher for women in Tokyo, but slightly lower for women in Dubai, at 18. (201 words)

If you have a sample summary to share, please feel free to do so! 

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