IELTS Writing Task 1 #192

Tips for IELTS Writing Task 1

In IELTS Writing Task 1, you may be asked to describe a bar chart. The opening paragraph should include the following information:

  • the type of chart or table
  • what the information is about
  • the date(s)
  • the place(s)
  • the unit(s) of measurement.

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The charts below show the favourite takeaways of people in Canada and the number of Indian restaurants in Canada between 1960 and 2015.

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

Write at least 150 words.

IELTS Writing Task 1 - Pie Chart
IELTS Writing Task 1 - Bar Chart

Model answer

The pie chart shows which type of takeaway food is the most popular in Canada, while the bar chart shows how many Indian restaurants existed in Canada between 1960 and 2015. We can see that Chinese and Indian takeaways are the favourites, and that the number of Indian restaurants in Canada rose steadily during this period.

The pie chart shows that Chinese and Indian takeaways are much more popular than all the others, at 34% and 26%. There are another two types that quite a lot of people like. These are Italian at 10% and Persian at 9%. Greek, Japanese and Mexican were only chosen by 1% of people.

The pie chart shows us that Indian food is popular and the bar chart shows how its popularity grew. There was a rising trend from 1960 onwards. The increase was greatest in the 1990s, from about 5000 restaurants in 1990 to almost 8000 in 2000. Since 2007, the number has remained stable at just over 9000.

(165 words)

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