Saturday, February 19, 2011

IELTS Writing Task 1 about Pie Charts with Answer and Comments

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. 

Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information in the two graphs below.

You should write at least 150 words.

Sample answer one

The pie charts compare the highest level of education achieved by women in Someland across two years, 1945 and 1995. It can be clearly seen that women received a much higher level of education in Someland in 1995 than they did in 1945.

In 1945 only 30% of women completed their secondary education and 1% went on to a first degree. No women had completed post-graduate studies. This situation had changed radically by 1995. In 1995, 90% of women in Someland had completed secondary education and of those, half had graduated from an initial degree and 20% had gone on to postgraduate studies. At the other end of the scale we can see that by 1995 all girls were completing lower secondary, although 10% ended their schooling at this point. This is in stark contrast with 1945 when only 30% of girls completed primary school, 35% had no schooling at all and 35% only completed the third grade.

In conclusion, we can see that in the 50 years from 1945 to 1995 there have been huge positive developments to the education levels of women in Someland.

Teacher's comments on the sample answer

Here is what an IELTS teacher said about the sample answer.
The report structure is clear and well organised with an introduction, body and conclusion.

The candidate uses a variety of grammatical structures and vocabulary so that the writing is not repetitive.

In terms of task requirements, the report meets the word limit. Although the candidate has not included every figure presented in the charts, the answer does accurately reflect the content of the graphic material and gives a strong impression of the trend of change in the education of women which is the main point of the comparison of those particular charts.

The sample answer above is therefore a very good one.

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