Thursday, March 24, 2011

IELTS Practice Test: Academic Writing Task 1

IELTS Academic Writing Task – 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The chart below shows the average hours worked per day by married men and women in paid employment.


Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

You should write at least 150 words.


The chart provides a summary of the average number of hours married men and women work every day both inside and outside of the home. In both age groups shown, the total number of hours worked by married women is greater than the total number of hours worked by men. Whilst women aged 45 to 64 may work fewer hours inside the home, they work the greatest number of hours per day due to the- extra hours of paid work that they do. Men aged 25 to 44 spend only slightly more time working outside of the home than men aged 45 to 64, but this figure is significantly higher than the number of hours of paid work that women of the same age do.

Women in the 25 to 44 age group work almost as many hours inside the home as outside and there is only a slight difference in the 45 to 64 age group. However, men work on average three times longer outside of the home than inside. 

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