IELTS Writing Task 1 #38


You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The line graph shows Paris Metro station passengers. Summarise the information by selecting and report in the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words

Ielts Writing Task 1

model answer:

The line-graph indicates the number of people using a metro station in Paris over a given day of year.

The number of passengers rises sharply in the morning reaching a peak of 400 at 8 am. After the morning peak there is a steady drop to 300 at 9 am and less than 200 at 10 am. Between 10 am and 11 am there is a slight increase. The number plateaus just below 300 between 12 noon and 2 pm. In the afternoon, there is a decline in the number of citizens using the station to just 80 at 4 pm. The evening brings a huge increase from 200 at 5 pm to almost 400 at 6 pm. The number of passengers tapers off slightly after 6 pm, but falls quickly to 120 by 8 pm. After a small rise at 9 pm, the number tails off to 120 at 10 pm.

All in all, the time series show that the greatest number of passengers gather in the station early in the morning and also early in the evening.

(178 words)

Test tip: Grammar for describing trends in IELTS writing task 1(present);
a) If the task represents changes or actions which happen regularly (such as a process or a chart displaying general average values):
• Simple present (for graphs, charts and tables)
• Simple present and present perfect (for processes and cycles)
b) If the trend starts in the past, reaches now and has a break point at the present time: Present perfect for the trend that begins in the past Simple present for reporting its present value