Writing introductions quickly for IELTS Task 1

Once you’ve practiced this, it should come easy to you by the time you’re sitting for your test. You should be able to write this quickly so that you can spend more time on the overview paragraph and detail paragraphs.

Your first paragraph (which can be one sentence) is a paraphrase of the title of the graph/chart/table/diagram/map. Points to remember:

  • Do not copy the title word for word. This will cost you points if you do.
  • Ensure you’ve got the information correct!
  • Make it simple and clear – don’t be too wordy

For example:

My introduction:

This graph compares the annual wheat exports of three major wheat producing countries from 1985 to 1990.

Notes:

  • I used the verb “compare”
  • I added “annual”
  • instead of just saying “countries” or listing the three countries, I used “major wheat producing countries”

Another example:

The graph below shows in percentage terms the changing patterns of domestic access to modern technology in homes in UK

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons where relevant.

My introduction:

The graph shows the upward trend of personal use of CD players, mobile phones, home computers and internet access in UK households from 1996 to 2003.

Note:

  • I used “personal use” instead of “domestic access”
  • I listed out the devices instead of “modern technology”
  • I used “UK households” instead of homes in UK

Another example:

The diagram below shows the water cycle, which is the continuous movement of water on, above and below the surface of the Earth.

My introduction:

The diagram illustrates the natural process of water transfer between sea, air and land, which is also known as the water cycle.

Note:

  • I used “water transfer” instead of “continuous movement”
  • I specified “sea, air, and land” as “on, above and below the surface of Earth”

Another example:

The diagram shows how salt is removed from sea water to make it drinkable.

Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons where relevant.

My introduction:

The diagram illustrates how drinking water in our water supply system is processed from sea water through the removal of salt and impurities.

or

The diagram illustrates how drinking water in our water supply system is processed from sea water through desalination.

Note:

  • I used “removal” instead of “removed”
  • I used “desalination” instead of “salt removed”
  • Instead of making water “drinkable”, I wrote “how drinking water.. is processed”
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