IELTS Academic Writing Practice 41

 
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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 number of people (millions) that remain undernourished around the world from 2000 to 2009.  The chart displays the global price of two food grains over the same period.

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

Write at least 150 words.

Number of Undernourished People Worldwide

Year

Millions of People

2000

857

2002

862

2004

873

2006

876

2008

924

2009

1024

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Question

The table shows the number of people (millions) that remain undernourished around the world from 2000 to 2009.  The chart displays the global price of two food grains over the same period.

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

Write at least 150 words.

Number of Undernourished People Worldwide

Year

Millions of People

2000

857

2002

862

2004

873

2006

876

2008

924

2009

1024

Your Essay

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Model Essay
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QUESTION:

The table shows the number of people (millions) that remain undernourished around the world from 2000 to 2009.  The chart displays the global price of two food grains over the same period.

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

Write at least 150 words.

Number of Undernourished People Worldwide

Year

Millions of People

2000

857

2002

862

2004

873

2006

876

2008

924

2009

1024

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

The table illustrates the number of people receiving inadequate nourishment worldwide between 2000 and 2009.  The chart shows the variance in the price of two grains (rice and wheat) over the same time period. Prices are given in dollars per ton.

On the whole, the number of undernourished people worldwide increased seemingly in line with a rapid rise in grain prices by 2009.

In terms of undernourished people, although there was a slight increase in their number from 857 million in 2000 to over 876 million by 2006, this had soared to over a billion by 2009, indicating a possible change in world events around that time.

While both grains began at the same cost per ton, they increased at different rates.  A ton of rice costing just $200 in 2000 remained the same until 2004 when it suddenly quadrupled to $800 by 2009.  In comparison, the price of a ton of wheat had doubled by 2004, falling slightly to a dip in 2006 after which it rocketed to almost $1200 dollars in value over the next three years - over the same period in which the world’s malnourished suddenly increased.

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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 illustrate the number of people receive inadequately nourishment worldwide between 2000 2009.  The chart shows variance in the price of two grain (rice and wheat) over the same time period. Price are given in dollars per ton.

On the hole, number undernourished people worldwide increase seemingly in line with rapid rise in grain prices by 2009.

In terms of undernourished people, although there was slight increase in their number from 857 million in 2000 to over 876 million by 2006 this soars to over a billions by 2009, indicating possible change in world event around that time.

While both grain began in the same cost per ton they increased different rates.  Ton of rice, costing just $200 in 2000, remaining the same until 2004 when it suddenly quadruple to $800 by 2009.  In comparison price of a ton of wheat doubled by 2004, falling slightly to a dip in 2006 after which it rocketed almost $1200 dollars in value over the next three years - over same period in which the worlds malnourished suddenly increased.

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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 table first.  Note the overall change in numbers.  What do you notice about the change between each of the rows?  Are there any years between which numbers significantly jumped?
  2. Now consider the line chart.  What is the differences/similarities between rice and wheat prices?  Where are the peaks and troughs? What is the total increase of both over the decade?

Now make your own plan using the above questions,

Overall

Total undernourished increased / Both grain price rose

Number of malnourished

Slight increase at start 2006

After 2006, huge rise to over a billion by 2009

Price rise of two grains

Begin same increase differently

Rice price rise x4 (2004)

Wheat price increase x2 (2004) $1200 over next 3 years.

QUESTION:

The table shows the number of people (millions) that remain undernourished around the world from 2000 to 2009.  The chart displays the global price of two food grains over the same period.

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

Write at least 150 words.

Number of Undernourished People Worldwide

Year

Millions of People

2000

857

2002

862

2004

873

2006

876

2008

924

2009

1024

Step 2: Planning
Step 3: Write the essay
 
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