How To Do IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 Process Diagrams

This is one very common type of visual data that you may be given. The video below gives a full explanation of how to apply our 6 step writing process for IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 to questions with process diagrams.

There is also an example process diagram question and model answer for you to see how an answer looks if you follow our process correctly, located  underneath the video. The video shows you exactly what to write for each sentence in order to get a band 7+ in IELTS process diagram questions.

The diagram below shows the production and processing of milk production for commercial sale.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.


The illustration below demonstrates how milk is processed and produced for retail purposes.

Overall, the process begins with cows grazing and ends with milk and dairy produce being sold in shops. It is a 9 stage, linear, man-made process.

First of all, cows are allowed to graze on agricultural land so that they can produce milk. They are then milked twice a day by machinery and the milk is stored in a refrigerator to ensure that it stays fresh. A milk tanker then collects the milk and delivers the milk to a dairy where it can be processed further.

After this the dairy converts the milk into either pasteurized and packaged milk so that it is safe and convenient for customers to use, or it is turned into other dairy products that can then be sold. Finally, the products are sent to supermarkets and shops in order to be sold to the public. (150 words)

Teaching Points: Notice how the details paragraphs are separated. The first details paragraph (paragraph 3) provides details about the first half of the process and paragraph 4 provides details regarding the second half of the process diagram. You need to decide where a logical place in the process is to end one paragraph and start a new one.