IELTS task 1 sample answer

IELTS Academic Task 1 writing sample Band 8 Report 3

IELTS Academic Task 1 writing sample Band 8 Report 3

Band score: approximately 8.0

Format: Academic

Task: Task 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The chart shows the sources of carbon dioxide emissions between 1970 and 2000.

IELTS Academic Task 1 writing sample Band 8 Report 3

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

The line graph provides information about the amount of carbon dioxide emission ’emissions’ produced by different sources between 1970 and 2000 in the United Kingdom. The horizontal axis shows the years 1970 and 2000 This is a repeat of the previous sentence. Try to use alternative phrases such as ‘The horizontal axis shows the years’ while the vertical axis indicates the carbon output in million of tonnes ‘million tonnes’.

Over the period, power stations and industry used more carbon dioxide than all the other sources given. In 1970, carbon emission produced by industries started with a high of 65 million tonnes and over 10 years it significantly dropped down don’t need this word – it is clear from the use of ‘dropped’ to 43 million, before it slowly decreased another 5 million tonnes until 2000.

Power stations produced 57 million tonnes of carbon emission at the beginning of the graph this sentence could be improved with a comma here but there was a marginal decline between 1980 and 1990. The carbon output remained steady between 1990 and 2000 (39 million tonnes).

Between 1970 and 2000, domestic emission of carbon gradually dropped, while transport pollution slowly climbed until 1990 but then proceeded to level off.

In total, carbon dioxide output varied most over the period for power stations and the industrial sector.

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The writer has identified all the main trends and given a good overview sentence. There is some repetition of language, but this is not excessive and does not interfere with meaning.


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