IELTS Writing Task 1: Linking words for describing a graph

IELTS Writing Task 1: Linking words for describing a graph

In order to get 6.0-7.5 and higher, you need to effectively combine your ideas.

This skill is assessed by the examiner and it is one of the marking criteria - Coherence / Cohesion, i.e. consistency and coherence / integrity.

In order to get 6.0-7.5 and higher, you need to effectively combine your ideas.

This skill is assessed by the examiner and it is one of the marking criteria - Coherence / Cohesion, i.e. consistency and coherence / integrity.

How many words do you need to write?

Short answer - enough; it should not be every third word in your answer, in the meantime your ideas should be well connected. Think of these words as sugar or salt: if too much it will be too sweet or too salty.

How to effectively start a paragraph:

- According to the graph/figures …
- It is clear that …
- It can be seen that …
- It is noticeable that ...

these words will help connect your ideas:

Contrast words

  • In contrast
  • However
  • whereas/while
  • On the other hand

Linking phrases

  • In addition
  • Furthermore
  • Overall, it could be seen that ...
  • According to the data ...
  • It is clear that ...

Time expressions

  • in the year 2000
  • at the end/beginning of the period
  • over/throughout/during the period in question
  • by 2000
  • between 1998 and 2000

The last Paragraph:

  • Overall,
  • To sum up,


For describing a process


The first step is that …

Firstly, Secondly, Finally

Next,

The following step is that… The next step it that …

After this,

Following this, …

At the first stage ...

 

For describing a map

According to the map, …

Another notable development …

One more striking change …

It is clear that the principal change ...

Looking at the map in more detail it can be seen that ...