IELTS Writing Task 1 #36

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The pie chart gives information on UAE government spending in 2000. The total budget was AED 315 billion.

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

Write at least 150 words

IELTS Writing Task 1

model answer:

The graph tells us about the budget of the UAE government in 2000. In general, the most important targets were social security, health, and education.

The biggest slice of the pie chart is taken up by social security including pensions, employment assistance and other benefits which made up slightly under one-third of total expenditure. Health and personal social services was the second highest budget cost. Hospital and medical services accounted for AED 53 billion, or about 15% of the budget. Education cost UAE AED 38 billion which comprises almost 12% of the whole budget. The government spent about seven percent of revenue on debt, and roughly similar amounts went towards defence (AED 22 billion) and law and order (AED 17 billion).

Spending on housing, transport and industry totalled AED 37 billion. Finally, other expenditure accounted for AED 23 billion.

All in all, the bulk of UAE government spending goes on social welfare and health. However, education, defence, and law and order are also major areas of spending.

(167 words)

Test tip: In IELTS writing task 1, always look carefully at what figures represent. If they represent percentages, you must use expressions such as a large/small/higher/lower percentage of … If the figures give numbers, you can write many/more/most/few/fewer…