IELTS Academic Writing Practice 43

 
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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 bar chart below shows the preference for different types of Complementary or Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies among US adults in 2007.  The table lists which therapies where the most popular over two years.

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

Write at least 150 words.

Therapies Showing Significant Gains between 2002 and 2007 (%)

 

2002

2007

Deep Breathing

10.6

14.8

Meditation

8.6

10.5

Massage

5

8.6

Yoga

5.1

7.1

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Question

The bar chart below shows the preference for different types of Complementary or Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies among US adults in 2007.  The table lists which therapies where the most popular over two years.

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

Write at least 150 words.

Therapies Showing Significant Gains between 2002 and 2007 (%)

 

2002

2007

Deep Breathing

10.6

14.8

Meditation

8.6

10.5

Massage

5

8.6

Yoga

5.1

7.1

Your Essay

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Model Essay
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QUESTION:

The bar chart below shows the preference for different types of Complementary or Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies among US adults in 2007.  The table lists which therapies where the most popular over two years.

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

Write at least 150 words.

Therapies Showing Significant Gains between 2002 and 2007 (%)

 

2002

2007

Deep Breathing

10.6

14.8

Meditation

8.6

10.5

Massage

5

8.6

Yoga

5.1

7.1

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

The bar chart illustrates the top ten Complementary or Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies preferred by the proportion of all adult US citizens in 2007.  The table lists how the popularity of four of those therapies increased over five years in percentages.  

Overall, deep breathing and massage therapies increased the most in popularity over the five year period given, while natural products were the clear favorite among U.S. adults in 2007.

Between 2002 and 2007, certain alternative therapies showed higher gains than others.  The most popular therapies in 2002, deep breathing and massage, remained the most popular therapy choice in 2007 and saw the biggest gain in use of around 4%, while meditation and yoga rose by a less significant 1.9% and 2% respectively.

Of the ten most common CAM therapies, around 1 in 5 adult Americans preferred natural products, substantially greater than the second most popular treatment of deep breathing which stood at 12%.  Following these, around a tenth of Americans were likely to do either meditation, chiropractic, massage or yoga, whereas a significantly smaller proportion of under 3% of American adults did the remaining four CAM approaches shown.

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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 bar chart illustrates top ten Complementary or Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies preferred by proportion of all adult US citizens in 2007.  The table lists how popularity of four of those therapies increase over five years in percentage.

Overall, deep breathing and massage therapies increased the most on popularity over the five year period given, while natural products were the clear favorite between U.S. adults in 2007.

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Step 1: Analyzing question

Find the Trends: (3-4 mins)

  1. Look for key points and trends in the data.  What was the increase/decrease between 2002 and 2007?  Which therapy was the most/least popular in both years?  
  2. Look at the bar chart categories.  Which CAM therapy was the most/least popular?  Which ones can be grouped together? Are there any trends?


Now make your own plan using the above questions.

Overall

Deep breathing & massage therapies increased the most

Natural products most popular (2007)

Therapies by Gains

Varied increases across all therapies.

Deep Breathing/massage highest (4%) gain

Meditation/yoga less sign. (1.9% & 2%)

CAM Therapies

Natural products (1 in 5)

Deep breathing (12%)

Mediation/chiropractic/massage/yoga (a tenth)

Other CAM Therapies at 3%

QUESTION:

The bar chart below shows the preference for different types of Complementary or Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies among US adults in 2007.  The table lists which therapies where the most popular over two years.

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

Write at least 150 words.

Therapies Showing Significant Gains between 2002 and 2007 (%)

 

2002

2007

Deep Breathing

10.6

14.8

Meditation

8.6

10.5

Massage

5

8.6

Yoga

5.1

7.1

Step 2: Planning
Step 3: Write the essay
 
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