When describing data in Task 1 (Academic Module), you will need to show the examiner that you can use a range of different expressions rather than just repeatedly copying percentages. Having other ways to express percentages in Task 1 will give you a much better report.
For example, writing this in your Task 1 report would not get a good result (NOTE: there is no graph for this – it is only an example).
In 2012, UK sales rose by 10% to 32% of the total, but by the following year this trend had reversed, with sales falling by 12% to reach a low of only 20% of all sales.
However, you could express the same information like this:
In 2012, UK sales rose by 10% to almost one third of the total, but by the following year this trend had reversed, with sales falling by over one tenth to reach a low of only one fifth of all sales.
IMPORTANT NOTE: what we are looking at here is using a RANGE of constructions. You should use SOME exact data in your description.
Use the table below to help avoid repeating the same constructions:
|8-9%||Just under a tenth / slightly below one tenth|
|10%||One tenth / a tenth|
|20%||One fifth / a fifth|
|25%||One quarter / a quarter|
|30-32%||Just under one third / slightly below a third|
|33%||One third/a third|
|34-35%||Just over one third / slightly more than a third|
|48-49%||Nearly half / almost a half / slightly below one half|
|50%||One half / a half / half|
|51-53%||Just over one half/ slightly more than a half|
|64-65%||Almost two thirds / Just under two thirds|
|73-74%||Nearly three quarters / almost three quarters|