IELTS Academic Writing Practice 6

 
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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 chart below shows the proportion of males and females in Malaysia who commonly do physical activity in 2010.

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

Write at least 150 words

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The chart below shows the proportion of males and females in Malaysia who commonly do physical activity in 2010.

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

Write at least 150 words

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QUESTION:

The chart below shows the proportion of males and females in Malaysia who commonly do physical activity in 2010.

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

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 bar chart compares the proportion of male and females of differing age groups who frequently undertook physical activity in 2010.

Overall, while the Malaysian population keeps fit in general, a higher proportion of women than men exercised in 2010, with some further differences between age groups.  Middle-aged females were the most likely to work out, while for men, those aged 15 to 24 tended to do the most physical activity.   

In terms of men’s exercise habits, younger men were much more likely to exercise than older men with 52.8% of those aged under 24 exercising as opposed to only around 40% of older age groups

By contrast, around half of all women in all age groups reported keeping fit, especially those aged between 35 and 64 at around 53%.     The exception was the youngest age group in which only 47.7 percent of women exercised compared to 52.8% of men.  Similarly, for people 65 and over, just approximately 47% of both sexes were recorded regularly working out.

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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 is compare the proportion of male and females of differing age group which frequently undertook physical activity in 2010.

Overall, while the Malaysian population keeps fit in general, higher proportion of women than men exercised in 2010, with some further different between age groups.  Middle-aged females were the most likely to work out, while for men, those aged 15 to 24 tended to do the most physical activity.

In terms of men’s exercise habits, younger men are much more likely to exercise than older men with 52.8% of those aged under 24 exercising as opposed to only around 40% of older age groups

By contrast, around half of all women in all age groups reported keeping fit, especially those aged between 35 and 64 at around 53%.     The exception was the youngest age group in which only 47.7 percent of women exercised comparing 52.8% of men. Similarly, for people 65 and over, just approximately 47% of both sexes are recorded regularly work out.

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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 both genders.  Who exercises more: men or women?  This is your overall trend.
  2. Now consider age groups.  Which age group for women exercises the most and the least?  Which for men? Do any of the age groups share similar results that will help you to group them together?  

Now make your own plan using the above questions,

Overall

Most of population exercise regularly

Women exercised > men

Differences between age groups

Men

Younger men most likely to exercise

Older men less likely to keep fit

Women

Most women exercise (>half)

35-54 53% exercised

Least young women < 24 years

QUESTION:

The chart below shows the proportion of males and females in Malaysia who commonly do physical activity in 2010.

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

Write at least 150 words

Step 2: Planning
Introduction: (2 mins)
  • State what the bar chart 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 the first grouping of information
Body Paragraph 2 (5 mins):
  • Describe the 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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