IELTS Vocabulary: Numbers

Tip for IELTS

Paraphrasing helps to avoid repetition and also demonstrates a wide range of vocabulary. Show the examiner you can paraphrase the figures in the chart. Use just under half of, a third of and a fifth of instead of 47%, 33% and 20%.

Paraphrasing must be used appropriately to achieve a higher band in the IELTS test. Remember not to repeat the words in the question too many times. You should find different words and phrases to mean the same thing.

Use plus points and benefits in place of advantages and drawbacks or problems in place of disadvantages. You can also use longer phrases to mean the same thing, e.g. advantages = things that people liked about; disadvantages = what visitors claimed to dislike about.

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The pie chart below shows the readership of print newspapers by five different age groups in a European country.

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

Write at least 150 words.

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Read the information. Then choose the correct words and phrases to complete the sentences about the pie chart.

1Just a sixth of those who prefer to get their news offline are in the 20 to 39 age group.

2A of those who read a newspaper offline are aged between 60 and 79.

3Less than of the print newspaper readership is aged over 80.

4With reference to teenage reading habits, it is clear that only of those who choose to get their news from traditional print publications is a teenager.

5In general, well over of traditional newspapers are read by those in their eighties and above.

6Those in the 20 to 39 and 40 to 59 age brackets account for the same share of print newspaper readership and represent just a third in total.


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