As you probably know, in IELTS Academic writing task 1 you have to summarise the information in a graph, chart, table or diagram (or more than one of these).
To show you the kind of writing required for this task, have a look at the chart below from the official IELTS website, think about what information you should include in a written summary, and then read the following example answer.
The chart shows the number of men and women in further education in Britain in three periods and whether they were studying fulltime or part-time.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
The chart shows how many men and women were taking fulltime and part-time courses in further education in Britain in three selected years between 1970 and 1991. Overall, we can see that the numbers of both genders in part-time education were considerably higher than those in full-time education in each of the three years.
The number of men taking full-time courses increased from just under 100 000 in 1970/71 to around 200 000 in 1990/91, but still remained a fraction of the number studying part-time (about 900 000 in 1990/91). Likewise, although the number of women in full-time education went up by a similar amount to that of men, it was dwarfed by the number studying part-time.
Comparing the figures of men and women, the only significant differences were for part-time education in 1970/71 and 1990/91. In the first of these years, there were 1 million men in part-time education compared to around 700 000 women, but in 1990/91 the number of men and women studying part-time were approximately 900 000 and 1.1 million respectively.
Word count: 174
As you can see, the example answer includes an introduction, an overview, the main features and some details to illustrate the main features.
If you don’t include some of this information or you just describe everything you see, your IELTS score may be affected. To see how, check out the IELTS band descriptors in my post ‘Oh my gosh I was so shocked that Task 1 wasn’t a graph!‘.
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