IELTS Writing Task 1 #106

Vocabulary Tip

Notice the following rules for the spelling of the words programme and program:

programme (UK only) = a show on television

program (US only) = a show on television

program (UK and US) = instructions for a computer (a verb and a noun)

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The charts give information about two genres of TV programmes watched by men and women and four different age groups in Australia.

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

Write at least 150 words.

Bar Chart


  • With graphs, make sure you understand what each axis is measuring.
  • With bar and pie charts, there is often a key which tells you what each different bar or area represents.
  • With tables, read the data across the rows and down the columns to identify the key features.

Model answer

Fill in the gaps in the model answer.

The charts give information about the genres of TV programmes that Australian men and women and different age groups watch. It is clear from the charts that women tend to watch television than man overall, although they watch slightly game shows. The people who watch the television are in the 45+ age group.

Nearly 70% of women watch reality shows, which is almost as many as the percentage of men who choose this genre of programme. Nevertheless, most age groups watch reality shows than game shows revealing that game shows are generally popular than reality shows.

The percentage of people watching reality shows increases steadily from ages 16 to 45 with the percentage of viewers, at just over 50% of the age group 16-24 and the percentage, at 68% of the over-45s.

However, the pattern is different for game shows. The number of programmes watched by 25- to 44-year-olds is lower than the number watched by 16- to 24-year-olds and those over 45. Just over 50% of 16- to 24-year-olds watch game shows, but this share is not high as the share of people aged 45 and over watching game shows, at nearly 70%. Only 41% of 35- to 44-year-olds watch game shows, and the share of 24- to 34-year-olds is lower at 38%.


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