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Frequently Asked Questions


What should I write in the introduction to Task 1 of the Academic Writing module? The introduction should describe the diagram or data overall. This usually means paraphrasing the question, i.e., restating the question in other words. Try to include all important information such as time periods, countries and other important divisions in the data. If there is a clear main feature, you can point this out in the introduction too. Otherwise, save your descriptions of these features for the body paragraphs.
Why is it so important to paraphrase the question
If you repeat the question word-for-word in your introduction, these words will not be counted as your own and your word count will be lower as a result. You should always change at least a few words in the questions or rewrite it completely.
Should I give my opinion in the introduction of Task 2?
Read the question carefully first. If the questions ask you simply to agree or disagree, then you should state your position clearly in the introduction. If the questions asks you to discuss both sides of an argument, you should save your own opinion for the end. If the question includes to an expression such as to what extent or how far, you may decide yourself whether to begin with a strong opinion or take a more balanced approach to begin with and state your final opinion later.