IELTS Academic Writing Practice 32

 
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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 pie chart below illustrates the different types of smartphones used by attorneys in the U.S. in one year.

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

Write at least 150 words.

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The pie chart below illustrates the different types of smartphones used by attorneys in the U.S. in one year.

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

Write at least 150 words.

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QUESTION:

The pie chart below illustrates the different types of smartphones used by attorneys in the U.S. in one year.

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

Write at least 150 words.

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

The pie chart depicts the most popular smartphone operating systems, IPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows, used by American attorneys in a given year.  

Overall, a clear majority of attorneys prefer using the iPhone operating system on their smart phones, though other systems are also regularly used.

iPhone usage accounts for almost two thirds of total smartphones with 62% of all attorneys using the system.  This is in stark contrast to the other three operating platforms, namely Android, BlackBerry, and Windows, which together only comprise 28% of all US attorneys total smartphone use.

After the iPhone platform, Android is the second most widely-used system at 20% while Blackberry and Windows struggle to make up the remainder at 5% and 3% respectively, proving that very few if any attorneys use those platforms.  Particularly of note are the 10% of US attorneys who use no smartphone in their day-to-day business or chose not to declare in this survey.

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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 pie chart depict the most popular smartphone operating system, IPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows, used American attorneys in given year.  

Overall, clear majority of attornies prefer using IPhone operating system on their smart phone, though other systems are also regular used.

iPhone usage account for almost two third of total smartphone with 62% of all attorneys using the system.  This is in stark contrast the other three operation platforms, namely Android, BlackBerry, and Windows, which together only comprise 28% of all US attorney total smartphone using.

After iPhone platform, Android is second most widely-used system at 20% while Blackberry and Windows struggle to make the remainder at 5% and 3% respective, proving that very few if any attornies use those platforms.  Particular note are the 10% of US attorneys who use no smartphone in their day-to-day business or chose not to declare in this survey.

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Step 1: Analyzing question

Find the Trends: (3-4 mins)

Look for key points and trends in the data

  1. What are the largest/smallest segments?   How can this data be grouped into two paragraphs?  What percentage do Android, Blackberry and Windows together comprise?  Perhaps describing this group could be a second body paragraph.
  2. Of the other less popular smartphone systems, which is the second most used one?  What observation might you make about other systems in comparison to the top two?

Now make your own plan using the above questions,

Overall

Most attorneys clearly prefer iPhone/other systems also freq. used

1980

iPhone almost 2/3

Android/Blackberry/Windows 28%

1990

Android (2nd)   20%

Blackberry/Windows (5%,3%)

Interestingly 10% of attorneys have no smartphone

QUESTION:

The pie chart below illustrates the different types of smartphones used by attorneys in the U.S. in one year.

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

Write at least 150 words.

Step 2: Planning
Introduction: (2 mins)
  • State all the important information from both pie charts.
  • 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 the first pie chart
Body Paragraph 2 (5 mins):
  • Describe the second pie chart
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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