Learn The IELTS Academic Writing Part 1 Template

In today’s lesson, we will be focusing on how to learn the IELTS Writing Part 1 Template and how to construct the perfect answer for the Academic IELTS Paper. Remember, if you’re taking the General Paper, the Writing Section 1 will be different.


The Writing Facts

First, we need to look at what type of question they will ask. In section one of the academic test, you will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram that the examiners will require you to discuss and compare by writing at least 150 words.

You should spend 20 minutes on this section in the exam as Part 2 is worth twice the number of points. It’s important to note that this question requires you to discuss data, not your opinion. That’s the next part.

We will be working on a typical IELTS question for this walkthrough, so you have an up-to-date example of what is expected.

Question Example: 

The charts show the preferences of film genres in London in 1980 and 2021.

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

chart 1980

How do you get started?

Above, we have highlighted some of the keywords you need to identify to paraphrase the question and, most importantly, know what the question and examiner want from you. Next, we will be looking for a fool-proof structure for achieving a high score in your exam.

The Part 1 Academic Essay Structure

You may have heard that you can memorise writing samples to ensure a high grade. This is a good idea for many reasons. Although the data can be varied, your structure doesn’t have to be. This lesson will show you an easy-to-follow system to create high-level answers in the IELTS exam.

Part 1 (Academic) essay should have three parts:

  1. An Introduction
  2. A summary of the main features
  3. Further details (everything else)

Using this three-paragraph essay structure, you will be hitting all the right spots for the IELTS examiner as your answer needs to be easy to read, logical and coherent.

The Winning Structure

So, let’s look at each section in more detail and see what you have to write specifically…


This section should be around two or three sentences in length, approximately 30-40 words. This first paragraph will give you ample time to paraphrase the question and set the scene for what you will be described in the essay.

chart 1980

Referring back to our charts, an example could be:

These charts illustrate the preferred choice of film genre in 1980 and 2010. The different genres include horror, sci-fi, romance, LGBTQI and action.

Main Features

The main chunk of the essay goes in this section. This paragraph is where you mention the most noticeable pieces of data from the charts/diagrams and compare them in one or two complex sentences.

Action was the most popular film genre from the years studied, and LGTQI was the least popular. Nonetheless, the percentage of LGBTQI popularity grew significantly from 1% in 1980 to 13% in 2021. In comparison, the most popular genre, action, saw a substantial decrease by a third from 1980 (53%) to 2021 (41%).

Further Details


This section is where you can mention all the other data that’s been presented. You have discussed the main points, and now you say the further details of the data.

One way you can do this is by listing them, for example:

The second most popular genre was the romance genre in 1980, with 25% recorded popularity.

  • Can you continue filling these until you have 6-8 sentences?
  • The third most popular type of film was…
  • In comparison to…



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