Students often ask me what to do when they are asked to write about 2 graphs. This is a good question because it is important to be prepared and know what to do in case this comes up on your exam. In fact, one of the most recent IELTS writing task 1 exams was to describe 2 graphs.
If students are not prepared, they will often spend too much time and effort on 1 graph, which can lead to losing marks in task response. It may also result in spending too much time on task 1 and not leaving you enough time for task 2, which can also lower your overall score.
Here I will suggest a simple method for dealing with this situation, called the SIX POINT SYSTEM:
1) WRITE THE TOPIC FOR BOTH GRAPHS
2) GIVE AN OVERALL IDEA FOR GRAPH 1
3) DESCRIBE THE KEY FEATURES (most important data) for GRAPH 1
4) GIVE AN OVERALL IDEA FOR GRAPH 2
5) DESCRIBE THE KEY FEATURES (most important data) for GRAPH 2
6) IF POSSIBLE, SHOW ANY CONNECTION BETWEEN THE TWO GRAPHS