IELTS Sample Charts for Writing Task 1 Practice

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IELTS WRITING TASK 1 (Academic Paper) is a report that includes multiple charts such as bar charts, line graphs, tables, pie charts, diagrams, process maps, and combinations of the aforementioned charts. This task has a time limit of 20 minutes and a word limit of 150 words. Students can command all of the different types of charts with practise, but the most difficult aspect of Task 1 is the relevancy factor. Students frequently write out of context answers, which results in a mark deduction.

IELTS WRITING TASK 1 (Academic Paper) is a report that includes multiple charts such as bar charts, line graphs, tables, pie charts, diagrams, process maps, and combinations of the aforementioned charts. This task has a time limit of 20 minutes and a word limit of 150 words. Students can command all of the different types of charts with practise, but the most difficult aspect of Task 1 is the relevancy factor. Students frequently write out of context answers, which results in a mark deduction.

The following blog focuses entirely on the table chart of Task 1 with an illustrated example and key learning points for an effective answer to score high bands in IELTS Task 1.

Tables are not as visually clear as graphs, pie charts, and so on because they present a large number of numbers, making it more difficult to immediately see what patterns exist to make comparisons. Therefore, students must carefully examine the data to determine how it will be organised into logical groups and paragraphs.

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Writing task 1 table sample

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The Table below shows the results of a survey that asked 6800 Scottish adults (aged 16 years and over) whether they had taken part in different cultural activities in the past 12 months.
writing task 1 table sample

Solution 

The table depicts the findings of a 12-month study conducted in Scotland with adults aged 16 to 74 to assess their participation in a variety of cultural activities. Overall, participation in any performance and crafts was evidently the most popular across all age groups.

The 16-24 age groups had the highest participation in any activity, with 35% and 30%, respectively, doing performance and visual arts. Other activities, particularly those involving computers, were significantly lower, accounting for only 10% of the total.

Moving on to older age groups, the highest participation rate seen for 25-44 year olds was in performance, though this was much lower, at only 22%. The most popular activity for the 45-74 age groups, crafts, had a similar rate of 22%. Again, computer popularity was low among those aged 25 and up, as was interest in writing.

Taking all age groups into account, it is clear that performance and crafts were the most popular; accounting for over 19%, while cultural purchases and visual arts were slightly less popular, accounting for 16% and 15%, respectively. Finally, there was little interest in writing and computing.

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Key skills for writing task 1 table charts

  • There should always be a clear introduction to the graph (paraphrasing rather than copying the rubric) followed by an overview that highlights key changes/trends in the table.
  • The Task 1 table chart response is well-organized and thus easy to follow and read, with paragraphs organised around age groups (there are usually various ways to organise your answer, but you must make sure when you make your choice it is logical and will not leave the examiner getting lost or confused as they attempt to read it).
  • Comparisons between age groups are made at various points in the IELTS table, which you are specifically asked to do in the rubric.
  • Finally, in the writing task 1 table, a good mix of vocabulary and a variety of sentence types and structures should be used to demonstrate flexibility and skill with lexis and grammar.

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