Academic writing task 1 model answers


Official model answers

(Scroll down and click on the link > ‘Writing Task 1 sample answer sheet’)

(Cambridge IELTS books 1-10 have model answers at the back of the book. Books 11-14 don’t have any model answers).


Unofficial model answers

I’ve checked the model answers on all of these websites. Although they’re not officially approved by IELTS, they do seem to be reliable (the answers contain no obvious grammar errors and do what’s required in terms of Task Achievement).


How to use model answers


Here are some tips from Pauline Cullen (author of The Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS) on how to use model answers:.

“First, ensure that you are using sample essays written by native speakers with good writing skills.  Second, read the answers several times and focus on something different each time. Here are some ideas: […]

    •    To focus on grammar, look at one paragraph at a time and think about 1) tenses 2) connecting ideas 3) articles 4) relative pronouns.

    •    To focus on vocabulary, notice any words you would never use yourself. If there are none, think about how a native speaker uses vocabulary to talk about this topic. Try to write out 5-10 words and phrases you would like to be able to use. Make a note of how they are used and then try to use them yourself.

    •    Read the essay aloud – this often helps you to notice something you may have missed from reading alone.

    •    Without looking back at the sample, try to write the same answer yourself, in your own words, but practising as many of the words and phrases you noticed as possible.”

I would also add:

    •    To focus on task achievement, think about:

1) what information the writer decided to include

2) how that information is organized and presented

3) whether the writer presents a clear overview

    •    To focus on coherence and cohesion, think about:

1) how the key features are organized into paragraphs

2) what words and structures are used to link the key features and supporting figures (in a graph), the different stages (in a process), or the main similarities/differences (in a map).

To read the full article by Pauline Cullen, click here.

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