IELTS Academic Writing Practice 7

 
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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 illustrates consumption of three kinds of fast food by teenagers in Mauritius from 1985 to 2015.

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 chart illustrates consumption of three kinds of fast food by teenagers in Mauritius from 1985 to 2015.

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 chart illustrates consumption of three kinds of fast food by teenagers in Mauritius from 1985 to 2015.

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 line graph illustrates the consumption of three types of fast food, (hamburgers, pizza, and fried chicken) over a 30 year period by Mauritian teenagers.  Units are given as the number of times each kind was eaten per year.

Overall, hamburgers and fried chicken had become the most popular foods by 2015 with the biggest increase in numbers eaten, while pizza that was the most widely-eaten at the start, declined precipitously in popularity.

With regards to hamburgers, consumption showed a steady upward trajectory from 10 times eaten per year to over 70 times.  Likewise, teenagers in Mauritius ate fried chicken only 5 times per year in 1985 before rising dramatically to a plateau in 2005, then increasing slightly at the end of the period to finish as the second most popular food.

On the contrary, although pizza was the most popular food with Mauritian adolescents in 1985, its consumption fell continuously from 60 times a year to just 10 pizzas by the last year.

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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 line graph illustrate the consumption of three type of fast food, (hamburgers, pizza, and fried chicken) over 30 year period by Mauritian teenagers.  Unit are give as the number times each kind is eaten per year.

Overall hamburgers and fried chicken has become the most popular foods 2015 with the biggest increase in number eaten, while pizza that was the most widely-eaten at start, declined precipitous in popularity.

With regard to hamburgers, consume showed steady upward trajectory from 10 time eaten per year to over 70 times.  Likewise teenager in Mauritius eat fried chicken only 5 times per year in 1985 before rising dramatically to plateau in 2005, then increasing slightly at the end of period to finish as second most popular food.

On contrary, although pizza was the most popular food with Mauritian adolescents in 1985, its consumption fell continuous from 60 times a year to just 10 pizzas by last year.

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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 trends for each food type?  How can the information be grouped together?  Is the key change between each food type, or between hamburgers and fried chicken versus pizza?

Overall

Burgers & Fried Chicken increased in popularity

Pizza declined precipitously

Hamburgers & Fried Chicken

Hamburgers 10 to 70

Fried chicken became second most popular food

Pizza

Pizza declined sharply x6

QUESTION:

The chart illustrates consumption of three kinds of fast food by teenagers in Mauritius from 1985 to 2015.

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 the line graph.
  • Paraphrase the question. Be specific but clear.
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 data
Body Paragraph 2 (5 mins):
  • Describe the second grouping of data
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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