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IELTS Task 1 Essay: Bar Chart (Education)

The chart below gives information about levels of education by age range in the UK in 2010.

The chart details age demographics as they relate to levels of education in the UK in 2010. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that older people, particularly in the oldest age bracket, tended to have no or fewer qualifications.

Looking first of all at younger people, only 9% of individuals from ages 16-50 had no qualifications. Breaking that down further, 20% of the 16-24 and 35-50 groups had school certification and 71% had university degrees. For ages 24-35, the numbers are slightly different with 76% having graduated university and 15% with a school certification.

Turning to the older demographics, for those aged 50-75, 50% had a university degree, 20% a school certificate and 30% no qualification. This figure expanded to 72% for people over 75, with just 3% having earned a school certificate and 25% a university degree.

Analysis

1. The chart details age demographics as they relate to levels of education in the UK in 2010. 2. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that older people, particularly in the oldest age bracket, tended to have no or fewer qualifications.

  1. Paraphrase what the graph shows.
  2. Write a general overview that fully covers all areas.

1. Looking first of all at younger people, only 9% of individuals from ages 16-50 had no qualifications. 2. Breaking that down further, 20% of the 16-24 and 35-50 groups had school certification and 71% had university degrees. 3. For ages 24-35, the numbers are slightly different with 76% having graduated university and 15% with a school certification.

  1. Begin to describe the data.
  2. Make sure that you include all data.
  3. And try to compare as much as possible.

1. Turning to the older demographics, for those aged 50-75, 50% had a university degree, 20% a school certificate and 30% no qualification. 2. This figure expanded to 72% for people over 75, with just 3% having earned a school certificate and 25% a university degree.

  1. Group together the other age groups and write about them.
  2. Finish with all the data and double check to make sure it is accurate.

Vocabulary

What do the words in bold below mean?

The chart details age demographics as they relate to levels of education in the UK in 2010. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that older people, particularly in the oldest age bracket, tended to have no or fewer qualifications.

Looking first of all at younger people, only 9% of individuals from ages 16-50 had no qualifications. Breaking that down further, 20% of the 16-24 and 35-50 groups had school certification and 71% had unviersity degrees. For ages 24-35, the numbers are slightly different with 76% having graduated university and 15% with a school certification.

Turning to the older demographics, for those aged 50-75, 50% had a university degree, 20% a school certificate and 30% no qualification. This figure expanded to 72% for people over 75, with just 3% having earned a school certificate and 25% a university degree.

Answers

age demographics age groups

relate to have to do with

looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that overall

age bracket age groups

tended to usually

qualifications degrees, certifications

looking first of all at beginning with

breaking that down further looking more deeply/closely

school certification a degree or paper from a school

slightly different almost the same

graduated university received a university degree

with who had

turning to looking next at

expanded gets bigger

earned received

Pronunciation

eɪʤ ˌdiːməˈgræfɪks 
rɪˈleɪt tuː 
ˈlʊkɪŋ frɒm ən ˈəʊvərɔːl pəˈspɛktɪvɪt ɪz ˈrɛdɪli əˈpærənt ðæt 
eɪʤ ˈbrækɪt
ˈtɛndɪd tuː 
ˌkwɒlɪfɪˈkeɪʃənz
ˈlʊkɪŋ fɜːst ɒv ɔːl æt 
ˈbreɪkɪŋ ðæt daʊn ˈfɜːðə
skuːl ˌsɜːtɪfɪˈkeɪʃən 
ˈslaɪtli ˈdɪfrənt 
ˈgrædjʊeɪtɪd ˌjuːnɪˈvɜːsɪti 
wɪð 
ˈtɜːnɪŋ tuː 
ɪksˈpændz 
ɜːnd 

Vocabulary Practice

What do the words in bold below mean?

The chart details a___________________s as they r___________o levels of education in the UK in 2010. L_________________________________________________t older people, particularly in the oldest a___________t, t___________o have no or fewer q_____________s.

L______________________t younger people, only 9% of individuals from ages 16-50 had no qualifications. B_________________________r, 20% of the 16-24 and 35-50 groups have s_______________________n and 71% have unviersity degrees. For ages 24-35, the numbers are s____________________t with 76% having g______________________y and 15% w____h a school certification.

T_______________o the older demographics, for those aged 50-75, 50% have a university degree, 20% a school certificate and 30% no qualification. This figure e____________d to 72% for people over 75, with just 3% having e__________d a school certificate and 25% a university degree.

Speaking Practice

Answer the following questions from the real IELTS speaking exam:

Studying

  1. Do you work or study?
  2. Why are you studying English?
  3. What will you do after graduating university?

Writing Practice

The chart below shows the results of a survey about people's coffee and tea buying and drinking habits in five Australian cities.


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