Interpreting Task 1 questions

In this video, we go over writing a response to a Task 1 IELTS question. I have included the graphs in used in this video below to allow you to better follow along.

Daily hours of sunshine in Montreal (IELTS Task 1 photo)

Avg temperature in Montreal (IELTS Task 1 photo)

Avg rainfall in Montreal (IELTS Task 1 photo)

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11 Responses to Interpreting Task 1 questions

  1. Ryan the videos and material you have made are great!! thank you

  2. mery says:

    Thanks Ryan. But,do we have to add comment to Task 1? The first thing I learned about task 1 is not to add any comment.I confused about it. Please kindly make it clear for me.

    • Ryan says:

      Hi mery,

      I have seen many IELTS textbooks that teach not to include any comment and I would imagine that students who decide to follow this approach could still score well on this portion of the exam. But including a brief interpretation does so much to demonstrate your linguistic skills, not to mention your ability to think critically and record this thinking as writing in English. Writing a simple description of the data without employing any critical thinking makes the response sound so robotic and unattractive.

      So, to answer your question directly, no including a comment is not essential unless you are instructed to do so by your Task 1 question.

      Good luck,

  3. Mikaela Nguyen says:

    Hey Ryan,
    Firstly, I would like to express my gratefulness to you for this helpful, easy to understand and interesting video.
    Secondly, I want to ask that: is there any other way to give the final comment rather than mentioning the fact about the geographical location of Montreal ? As i’m not so good as geography, i find it pretty hard to write down something that im not so sure about. (To be honest, i even dont know where Montreal really locates. And i’m sure that my poor navigation would go worse during the exam time. So I definitely dont want to dig my own grave by taking such a big risk like this)

    Thank you,

  4. Sally says:

    Can we make a new paragraph to describe these 3 charts, leaving the first 2 sentences in the original one as the introduction paragraph?

  5. ahmed says:

    hello Ryan-thanks for the useful video-my question is that they told me to use past tense in this part but I saw that u used present simple tenses ,please advise me?

  6. Syam says:

    Hi Ryan..i jus got fed up wit my writin score..have given it three times but lost in writin wit 6.5 all d time..don know wher i went wrong..gonna give my fourth try..please guide me achieve 7 in writin please..

  7. NEENAMOL P .A says:

    Hi Ryan…..thanks for your awesome videos..I think its really useful for me.Im gonna write my ielts on 3rd Dec. Thank you so much.

  8. ancy philip says:

    Hi Ryan……

    Your lessons are really fabullus, I applied your format of writing and I got a 7.5 in writing. Thanks a lot. Thank you very much.

  9. Aday says:

    Your essay did not match the data on the graph. LOL

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