As you already know, REPHRASING the task is a must for writing a suitable report INTRODUCTION in the IELTS exam.
That should be easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy, piece of cake, no rocket science…
Oh, never use idioms in an academic exam written task, by the way! Unless you can make them look academic…
So, here’s an example of a task taken from here:
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
The line graph below shows changes in the amount and type of fast food consumed by Australian teenagers from 1975 to 2000.
Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons where relevant.
Write at least 150 words.
You need to rephrase this: The line graph below shows changes in the amount and type of fast food consumed by Australian teenagers from 1975 to 2000.
Tip: use as many synonyms as you can. Where this is not easy, omit unnecessary words or change word order, if possible.
Example of rephrasing the above sentence:
The (line) graph (below) (shows) illustrates changes in the (amount) quantity and type of fast food (consumed)eaten by Australian (teenagers)youngsters (from) between 1975 (to) and 2000.
What you see in the brackets should obviously be out. Youngsters is not a perfect synonym for teenagers, but the aim of the exercise was to show you that there are many changes you can make to the sentence. Of course there are more and better academic ways of rephrasing the sentence than this example.
Now try this:
The table shows the Proportions of Pupils Attending Four Secondary School Types Between Between 2000 and 2009. You can find the task here:
EXAMPLES OF USEFUL SYNONYMS FOR IELTS WRITING TASK 1:
2. QUANTITY=AMOUNT, VOLUME (in some cases)
3. AROUND=ABOUT, APPROXIMATELY
4. SHOW = ILLUSTRATE, DEPICT, DESCRIBE, PRESENT
6. A CONSIDERABLE CHANGE=A DRAMATIC/SIGNIFICANT CHANGE
7. PER CENT= PERCENTAGE, PROPORTION, RATIO, QUOTA
For a longer list of useful synonyms and any questions you might have contact me here: email@example.com