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SAMPLE 1 (Cars in the Asia)

time-to-buy-car IELTS Bar Chart Sample Essay


The graph compares the GDP per capita, cost of a Toyota Camry and approximate length of time it takes for 1 citizen to purchase that mode of transport in eight Asian countries.

Despite having the second lowest average yearly income, it costs more to buy this car in Vietnam than in all but one other Asian nation. It also takes significantly longer for a standard person to buy an automobile in Vietnam than in any other state in Asia. On the other end of the scale, Singaporeans have to pay nearly three times more for their cars than the Vietnamese and it takes them the least amount of time to afford a motor vehicle.

It costs $49,944 to buy a Toyota Camry in Vietnam, but this dwarfs the average yearly income per person at just $1,910. It would therefore take a normal man or woman 26.1 years to save up for that particular car.

This is in contrast to Singapore where it costs $126,245 for that model of motorcar, however the average salary is much greater at $55,182. This means that it generally takes just over 2 years for a typical individual from Singapore to acquire this vehicle.

(200 words) Band 9.


Vocabulary – Synonyms:

Car- Toyota Camry- automobile- vehicle- motor vehicle- motorcar

Average- approximate- normal- typical- standard

Country- countries- nation- state

People- citizen- man or woman- individual


SAMPLE 2 (UK Telephone calls)

Question: The chart below shows the total number of minutes (in billions) of telephone call in the UK, divided into three categories, from 1995-2002.

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

ielts-writing-task-1-bar-chart-uk-telephone-calls IELTS Task 1 Charts Sample Answer (UK Telephone Calls)

The bar graph shows the combined time spent in billions of minutes, on three different kinds of phone call in the United Kingdom, from 1995-2002.

Overall, local calls were the most popular over the whole period, with national and international calls and calls on mobiles second and third respectively. However, the number of minutes spent on international and national calls and mobiles both increased over the period; with mobile minutes increasing dramatically, thus narrowing the gap between the three categories by 2002.

Minutes spent on local calls fluctuated over the time period, with just over 70 billion minutes in 1995, peaking at approximately 90 billion in 1999 and then steadily decreasing to just over 70 billion minutes in 2002.

National and international calls increased steadily year on year, from just under 40 billion minutes in 1995 to a peak of just over 60 billion in 2002. Mobile minutes increased at a very rapid pace from approximately 3 billion in 1995 to around 45 billion in 2002. Mobile phone usage nearly doubled from approximately 22 billion minutes in 2000 to 40 billion in 2001.  


SAMPLE 3 (International Students)

The chart below shows the percentage change in the share of international students among university graduates in different Canadian provinces between 2001 and 2006.

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

Task-1-Bar-Chart Task 1 Sample Answer: Abroad Students

There is one big mistake in this answer. Can you spot it?

The bar graph compares the percentage of overseas students who graduated from universities in Canada over a five year period from 2001 to 2006.

Overall, the number of graduations by international students rose significantly in the 5-year period, with all universities seeing an increase, with the exception of Alberta. The most significant change was in British Columbia which saw their numbers increase by over a factor of 2.

Between 2001 and 2006, New Brunswick rose by around five percent from approximately 7% to just under 12%. Nova Scotia followed a similar trend growing from just over 6% to approximately 10%. However, the most significant change was in British Columbia which began at around 4.5% and finished the period slightly over 10%.

In contrast, the rest of the universities in Canada experienced a small rise of between 2% to 3%, with the exception of Alberta, which witnessed a slight decrease by about 2% from just under 6% in 2001 to just over 4% in 2006.

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