IELTS Writing Task 1 The development of cutting tools in the Stone Age

Another difficult topic that students of Task 1 often mention is the topic of Cutting tools in the Stone Age. Please refer to the sample lesson, correction video, vocabulary answer with IELTS Fighter below.


The diagram below shows the development of cutting tools in the Stone Age.
Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

topic writing cutting tools in the Stone Age


The two pictures compare 2 Stone Age cutting tools which were probably made and used by ancient people.
In general, while tool A was relatively simple and rudimentary, tool B was more refined.

First, 1.4 million years ago, tool A’s measurements were approximately 9 cm in length and 5 cm in width. From the front view, it had a rough surface. With a tapering shape, its biggest part was the middle, while the two ends were much smaller. The side view shows its thickness at about 2.5 cm. In the back, the large bottom part was perhaps the handle, while the pointy tip served the cutting purpose.

Dating back to 800,000 thousand years ago, tool B was nearly 12 cm long and 8 cm wide, which was significant larger than tool A. From the front view, tool B closely resembled a water drop with a pointy tip and a round bottom. From the side view, both the edge and the tip seem straight and sharper than tool A. The back view clearly displays the bigger size of tool B compared to tool A. (186)

Vocabulary takeaway:

– Rough [adj]: rough, uneven >< Smooth [adj]: smooth, smooth, flat

– Rudimentary [adj]: rudimentary >< Refined [adj]: refined/honed

– Refinery/ Refinement/ Improvement/ Enhancement/ Upgrade [n]: improvement

– Refine/ Improve/ Enhance/ Upgrade [v]: upgrade/tweak

– Closely resemble [v]: looks like something/who

– Bear [v] a striking resemblance to sth/sb: to look like something

– Measurements [plural n]: general measurements

– Tapering [adj]: shrink to 1 end

– Tip [n]: head/nose (pointed object)

– Pointy [adj]: sharp

– Edge [n]: edge/blade/edge

– Sharp [adj]: sharp >< Dull [adj]: blunt, worn

– Handle [n]: handle/handle of an object

– Round [adj]: round

The exam is difficult but if you analyze well, there is nothing to be afraid of. Let’s practice more with other topics:

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