IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 with model answer

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The diagram below shows the life cycle of a salmon, from egg to adult fish.

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


Write at least 150 Words.

Model Answer:

The provided diagram depicts the life cycle of a salmon fish , divided into different stages, from its egg stage till it becomes an adults. Overall, a salmon fish goes through six main phases to fully grow from their hatching period and spends its life in three distinct locations – river, estuary and ocean.

Adult salmon fishes lay eggs in rivers and incubate their eggs there. Thus, the life cycle of a salmon fish starts from the incubation stage in a river. After emerging from eggs, the infant salmon spend their next stage in freshwater and this phase is called emergence. Then, they are reared in freshwater to grow further. After few days, these fishes swim to river estuaries where their rearing continues. At this stage, their size becomes  larger. Afterward, the matured fishes migrate to the ocean and become adults. Finally, grown up salmons move to spawning areas of rivers to lay eggs and the life cycle of the next generation starts over.

Total Words: 165

Task Achievement: 8

Coherence & Cohesion: 8

Lexical resources: 8

Grammar: 8

Overall Score: Band 8

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