IELTS Academic Writing Practice 17

 
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The Writing Task 1 of the IELTS Academic test requires you to write a summary of at least 150 words in response to a particular graph (bar, line or pie graph), table, chart, or process (how something works, how something is done). This task tests your ability to select and report the main features, to describe and compare data, identify significance and trends in factual information, or describe a process.

You Should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

  • - Write in a formal style
  • - Write at least 150 words
QUESTION:

The table shows the proportion of people in England who agreed with same-sex marriage from 1989 to 2013.

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

Write at least 150 words.

Percentage of people agreeing with same-sex marriage by religious denomination (%)

Religion

1989

1995

2001

2007

2013

Church of England

9

14

31

31

55

Roman Catholic

9

21

38

37

61

Other Christian

9

13

25

38

54

Non-Christian

5

11

19

19

30

No religion

20

32

53

64

77

 

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Question

The table shows the proportion of people in England who agreed with same-sex marriage from 1989 to 2013.

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

Write at least 150 words.

Percentage of people agreeing with same-sex marriage by religious denomination (%)

Religion

1989

1995

2001

2007

2013

Church of England

9

14

31

31

55

Roman Catholic

9

21

38

37

61

Other Christian

9

13

25

38

54

Non-Christian

5

11

19

19

30

No religion

20

32

53

64

77

 

Your Essay

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Model Essay
Important functional words are highlighted in bold

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QUESTION:

The table shows the proportion of people in England who agreed with same-sex marriage from 1989 to 2013.

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

Write at least 150 words.

Percentage of people agreeing with same-sex marriage by religious denomination (%)

Religion

1989

1995

2001

2007

2013

Church of England

9

14

31

31

55

Roman Catholic

9

21

38

37

61

Other Christian

9

13

25

38

54

Non-Christian

5

11

19

19

30

No religion

20

32

53

64

77

 

Composition Exercise
Fill in the gaps with the words or expressions in bold used in the model essay above.

The table provides data on the percentage of people of five differing belief systems in agreement with same-sex marriage in England over five time intervals.

Overall, support for same-gender marriage increased more than five-fold between 1989 and 2013, especially over the last five years, with those claiming no religion as the most tolerant from beginning to end, while those of a belief different to Christianity remained the most conservative.

Between 1989 and 2007, support for same-sex marriage increased almost four times for people of all belief systems, with the highest support among those reporting no religion and Non-Christians showing the lowest at just one in five.  Interestingly, the gap in support of same sex marriage between religions also increased over said period, with followers of other religions between 2 and 3 times more likely to support same-sex marriage than Non-Christians in 2007.

By 2013 support among all denominations increased the fastest in the shortest time.  The proportion of Christians in agreement almost doubled to between 50 and 60%, whereas the number of Non-Christians and those without a religion increased to around a third and three quarters respectively.  The gap between all religions had further increased by that time.

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Revision Exercise
Each sentence in the report below contains one or two errors. Errors may be grammar or punctuation based. A list of the common errors used with answer is given at the end.

The table provide data on proportion of people of five differing belief systems in agreement with same-sex marriage in England over five time interval.

Overall, support for same-gender marriage increasing more than five-fold between 1989 and 2013, especially over last five years, with those claiming no religion as most tolerant from beginning to end, while those of a belief different to Christianity remaining most conservative.

Between 1989 to 2007, support for same-sex marriage increase almost four time for people of all belief system, with the highest support among those reporting no religion and Non-Christians showing lowest at just one in five.  Interestingly, the gap in support of same sex marriage between religions also increasing over said period, with follower of other religions between 2 to 3 times more likely support same-sex marriage than Non-Christians in 2007.

By 2013 support among all denomination increased the fastest in the shortest time.  The proportion of Christian agreement almost doubled to between 50 and 60%, where as the number of Non-Christian and those without religion increased to around a third and three quarter respectively.  The gap between all religion have further increased by that time.

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Step 1: Analyzing question

Find the Trends: (3-4 mins)

Look for key points and trends in the data

  1. Look at the first column.  How does each religion regard same-sex marriage?  Can religions be grouped together? Are there any relationships between your groupings and the data?  
  2. Look at the following yearly columns.  Which year has the highest percentage? Which has the lowest?  What are the changes between the columns? Can the columns be grouped together to separate the data?
  3. Look at each row. How big is the gap between religions in 1989, 2007 and 2013?

Tip: Look for the highest/lowest values, and key changes in simpler tables.  Think about how you might structure your answer, for example: past and future.

Now make your own plan using the above questions,

Overall

Tolerance increased for all religions, highest (no religion), lowest (non-Christians) / final period saw biggest rise

1989-2007

Four-fold increase/all religions/highest/lowest

Support gap decreased

2013

Increase among Christians x2

Larger gap between religions

QUESTION:

The table shows the proportion of people in England who agreed with same-sex marriage from 1989 to 2013.

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

Write at least 150 words.

Percentage of people agreeing with same-sex marriage by religious denomination (%)

Religion

1989

1995

2001

2007

2013

Church of England

9

14

31

31

55

Roman Catholic

9

21

38

37

61

Other Christian

9

13

25

38

54

Non-Christian

5

11

19

19

30

No religion

20

32

53

64

77

 

Step 2: Planning
Introduction: (2 mins)
  • State what the table shows.
  • Paraphrase the question
Overview: (3 mins)
  • Summarise the overall trends as you see them.
  • List key differences but not numbers.
Body Paragraph 1 (5 mins):
  • Describe first grouping of information
Body Paragraph 2 (5 mins):
  • Describe second grouping of information
Check work (1-2 mins)

If you have many grammar/spelling mistakes, you could check your work sentence by sentence to help you quickly reduce them. Otherwise, you should spend a few minutes at the end of the writing period to check for the following.

Step 3: Write the essay
 
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