IELTS Writing Academic Tip

Introduce the topic of the graph. Try to paraphrase the original sentence.
• Write about the main features. Mention some of the most significant figures shown in the chart.
• Linking words and phrases like 
in contrast help to show the connection between the sentences or paragraphs.
• What is the difference between the two bars in each pair?
• Pay attention to the labels so that you know what you need to write about.
• Look at how the relationship between the two bars changes.
• Include an overview, describing the main trend.
• Use a variety of verbs like 
growfallincrease and decrease to describe trends.

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The chart below gives information about the number of social networking sites people used in Canada in 2014 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

 Model answer

The bar chart shows the number of social networking sites visited by internet users in Canada in 2014 and in 2015. We can see from the data that, in general, there was a growing tendency to use more than one site.

Although just over one fifth of internet users did not use any social networking sites in either of the years, the proportion in this category decreased from 22 percent in 2014 to 21 percent in 2015. In both years the highest proportion of users in any group fell into the ‘One site’ category. However, this group declined sharply from 36 percent in 2014 to 28 percent in 2015.

In contrast, the numbers who reported using two sites, three sites, four sites and five sites all grew over the period analysed. In both years the proportion of internet users fell as the number of social networking sites increased, with only 2 percent using five sites in 2014 compared to 4 percent in 2015.

(163 words)