Education, Language

How to Analyze and Present Data in the IELTS Academic Writing Task

To many people, writing poses a big problem. Many people consider writing activities to be boring and tedious. However, in an English competency test such as the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System, writing examinations cannot be avoided.

Writing is one of the most important skills one has to gain fluency as people always use written communication. In the IELTS examination, the writing section in the Academic Module is believed to be difficult because of the topic presented in the first task of the writing section.

The first task in the Academic writing section is to analyze and present a data. What makes this difficult is coming up with ideas on how to describe figures most especially if a candidate is someone not really into graphs and data analysis. Here are some ways to help examinees present the data to be analyzed.

When presented a data, one must think of how these two are connected or related. Though a candidate realizes the connection, putting it into writing is the problem. First, introduce the graph. Examinees need to indicate what the graph is all about by paraphrasing the title. Consequently, it will be better to analyze the first data presented. Take note of the trend it shows and try to outline the details that the data shows. This can be written in a separate paragraph. The next paragraph will be a description of the other data. In the same way, describe the trend that it depicts and the other details that are relevant presented in the data. Following this paragraph will be the relationship shown between the two. Explain how the two are connected by doing a comparison and contrast of the trends mentioned in the other paragraphs. Interpret the relevance of this trend through elaboration of the ideas. Then finally, write a conclusion summarizing and paraphrasing the thoughts in the paragraphs written.

Interpreting data can be difficult if one does not fully understand what the date represents. Examinees should use words that will clearly state the trends. They should not overlook relevant information and be sure that the description candidates are writing should only be found in the given data.

To be able to help candidates write effectively in the IELTS Academic Module, assistance from IELTS review centers are very beneficial. The more exposure one gets into writing, the better ideas they generate that will be of standards in the IELTS.

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It’s All about Numbers: Time Structure of the IELTS

Success in the International English Language Test System (IELTS) requires two things: English proficiency and the ability to utilize appropriate techniques to your advantage. Of course, this also means being able to manage your time wisely. IELTS review centers in Davao, Manila, Makati, and Cebu would most certainly give you an idea of how to use the time structure of the exam to make sure that you do not waste time.

Here is how the IELTS examination is structured based on time. Some of the nitty-gritty has also been outlined for your studying pleasures.


The IELTS Listening Exam runs for 30 minutes. This means that within those 30 minutes, the recordings for all 4 sections are played. Afterwards, you are given 10 minutes to transfer your answer to the answer sheet. Total time for the entire exam is roughly 40 minutes.

Each section starts of and ends with some time for you to study your questions and to check your answers. To do this best, consult your review center coach.


Each Reading exam has three sections and you have one hour to finish everything. Unlike the Listening test, IELTS Reading does not give you any time to transfer. Since you have an hour and three sections, the advisable time you spend on each section is 20 minutes. Within those 20 minutes, start by reading your questions and spend only 3 minutes on this. Your IELTS review center will teach you some pretty nifty speed reading techniques. Use these and run through the article for 7 minutes. Use the last 10 minutes to answer the questions.


The Writing Examination has two parts: the first one, which is either data description or letter writing, requires a minimum of 150 words, whereas part two is an essay that would need 250 words at least. Give one-third (20 minutes) of your 1 hour time limit to Task1 and the rest of the 40 minutes to Task2. Make sure you have time to plan your essay, write your draft, and edit and revise your article. Again, in this task you may require assistance from your IELTS review coaches.


The Speaking exam is pretty straight-forward: you have 11-14 minutes to impress your examiner. Do it. One important thing, though, the examination’s Task 2 requires that you are able to create a 2-minute speech in 60 seconds. Sounds tough? Yes, but your coaches would most likely know a thing or two about 1-minute speeches.

Remember: time management is a huge part of the challenge. And if you are still having trouble managing time, that is what review centers are for. Review centers are everywhere. Of course, there are several good ones in Manila, Makati, Cebu, and Davao.

Good luck.

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Benefits of Taking the IELTS

Why do I need to sit the International English Language Test System?

This is the primary question that anyone who wants to work, study, or migrate abroad would ask himself or herself upon realizing that he or she needs to sit an exam for English proficiency. Many people think that the IELTS is a mere nuisance to be dealt with as quickly as possible so that they can move on to bigger and better things – such as their dreams of leaving the Philippines and living abroad. There is also the question of enrolling in a review center. Although it does entail some cost, enrolling yourself in a quality review center is most likely a wise choice.


The IELTS is not merely a requirement, it has other extrinsic benefits apart from adding to the points that you need to get out of the country. This is why ample preparation for the exam is needed. Many would do self study, but the best option is still to enroll at an IELTS review center. People should consider the IELTS as an investment (apart from the fact that going to a review center is cheaper than taking the exam again and again).

Some benefits of the examination are below:

1. The IELTS gives you entry to not just one but several countries, especially if your band score is way above the required rating. Remember that a Band 6 can get you further than a Band 5.
2. The IELTS can give you opportunities to study in the world’s best universities. Cambridge University, for instance, requires a Band 7 for a non-native English communicating individual. Other universities and colleges require 5.5 to 6.0. Without the IELTS examination, regardless of one’s credentials, they won’t be able to avail of this opportunity.
3. Once you are able to get into an English-communicating country, the IELTS can be used as an added credential or as proof of English proficiency when you’re getting a job, studying short courses, or even planning to have a sideline as an English tutor (if your band score is high enough).
4. Those who wish to stay in the Philippines but would like to spread their wings (and their credentials) as English instructors would do well to take the IELTS. It is, after all, an international rating of your English proficiency. Many IELTS takers ended up having relatively lucrative jobs as teachers in review centers.

The International English Language Test System (IELTS) is not a one-shot deal. It serves not only to further your opportunities but also to further your credentials. Investing in achieving a good band score is a must to ensure that you only have to take it once and that you hit a score far above what is required, If you look at it this way, then deciding whether or not to enroll into a review center is a decision that is not very difficult to make.

Good luck!