Writing task one: processes
You will be given a diagram of a process. Your task is to describe the information given in the diagram by writing a 150 word report. You are not asked to give your opinion.
What is being tested
Task one questions asking you to describe a process rarely appear on the IELTS test. They are different from table, graph and chart description because they test your ability to:
describe each important stage in the process and expand where necessary
link your descriptions of each stage
use the present simple passive
As process tasks can vary widely, it is essential that you look at a lot of examples in IELTS preparation books.
You should spend around 20 minutes on the task.
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
The flow chart below shows how national examination papers are marked in Someland.
Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information below.
You should write at least 150 words.
Complete the Task One report exercise above. Spend only 20 minutes.
Then look at the notes and the sample answer below.
Guidelines for a good answer
Does the report have a suitable structure?
Does it have an introduction, body and conclusion?
Does it include connective words to make the writing cohesive within sentences and paragraphs?
Does the report use suitable grammar and vocabulary?
Does it include a variety of sentence structures?
Does it include a range of appropriate vocabulary?
Does the report meet the requirements of the task?
Does it meet the word limit requirements?
Does it describe the whole process adequately?
The sample task given is simplified for the sake of explaining this kind of report task clearly. In a genuine test you can expect the process to be more complex.
The flow chart shows the marking procedures for national exam papers in Someland.
After the papers are collected, the Reading and Listening papers are marked by an administrator and then collated. The writing papers are treated differently. After collection, the writing papers are marked by an examiner. The marks are then sent to an administrator for collation while the exam papers are sent to an examination board. The board either stores the papers or reassesses them.