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This is an IELTS writing task 1 sample answer essay on the topic of cinema attendance for various age groups in the United States from the real IELTS exam.

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IELTS Essay Task 1: Age Groups and Cinema Attendance

The line chart shows average attendance at the cinema among various age groups in the US from 2000 to 2011.

The line chart details figures for cinema attendance across various age demographics in the United States between 2000 and 2011. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that attendance increased for all groups, with younger people, especially teenagers and young adults, watching movies the most often. As people got older, they tended to go to the cinema less frequently.

Those aged 15 – 24 began the period with 15% going to the cinema, a narrow lead over the other demographics. This figure then rose steadily to over 30% by 2004, fluctuated between 35% and 50% for the next several years before finishing at 52%. In contrast, theater attendance from the age of 35 and up was marginal yet increased consistently beginning at 1% and ending the period at a high point of 13%.

The trends for 7-14 and 25-35-year-old cinema-goers were similar throughout as the former began twice as high at 10%. Attendance was then erratic but only slightly up overall until 2005 when there was a surge to 30%, followed by a high of 38% in 2010 and a final figure of 30% in 2011. The latter group displayed an unstable trend with comparable percentages, intersected with the aforementioned age bracket twice, and concluded the period with a partial recovery to an identical 30% figure.

Analysis

1. The line chart details figures for cinema attendance across various age demographics in the United States between 2000 and 2011. 2. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that attendance increased for all groups, with younger people, especially teenagers and young adults, watching movies the most often. 3. As people got older, they tended to go to the cinema less frequently.

  1. Paraphrase what the table shows.
  2. Write a clear overview summarising the differences.
  3. You might need another sentence for your overview.

1. Those aged 15 – 24 began the period with 15% going to the cinema, a narrow lead over the other demographics. 2. This figure then rose steadily to over 30% by 2004, fluctuated between 35% and 50% for the next several years before finishing at 52%. 3. In contrast, theater attendance from the age of 35 and up was marginal yet increased consistently beginning at 1% and ending the period at a high point of 13%.

  1. Begin writing about the data for the first categories.
  2. Make sure you compare as much as possible.
  3. Some task 1s essays will be a bit longer than others.

1. The trends for 7-14 and 25-35-year-old cinema-goers were similar throughout as the former began twice as high at 10%. 2. Attendance was then erratic but only slightly up overall until 2005 when there was a surge to 30%, followed by a high of 38% in 2010 and a final figure of 30% in 2011. 3. The latter group displayed an unstable trend with comparable percentages, intersected with the aforementioned age bracket twice, and concluded the period with a partial recovery to an identical 30% figure.

  1. Write about the final, other parts of the graph – include everything!
  2. Compare the categories.
  3. Don’t leave anything out!

Vocabulary

What do the words in bold below mean? Take some notes on a piece of paper to aid your memory:

The line chart details figures for cinema attendance across various age demographics in the United States between 2000 and 2011. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that attendance increased for all groups, with younger people, especially teenagers and young adults, watching movies the most often. As people got older, they tended to go to the cinema less frequently.

Those aged 15 – 24 began the period with 15% going to the cinema, a narrow lead over the other demographics. This figure then rose steadily to over 30% by 2004, fluctuated between 35% and 50% for the next several years before finishing at 52%. In contrast, theater attendance from the age of 35 and up was marginal yet increased consistently beginning at 1% and ending the period at a high point of 13%.

The trends for 7-14 and 25-35-year-old cinema-goers were similar throughout as the former began twice as high at 10%. Attendance was then erratic but only slightly up overall until 2005 when there was a surge to 30%, followed by a high of 38% in 2010 and a final figure of 30% in 2011. The latter group displayed an unstable trend with comparable percentages, intersected with the aforementioned age bracket twice, and concluded the period with a partial recovery to an identical 30% figure.

Answers

Try to write down or think of an antonym/opposite word for further practice:

details shows

figures data

cinema attendance how many people went to the movies

across various age demographics according to different ages

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

especially teenagers in partcular those 13-19

young adults just older than teenagers

most often more frequently

tended to go usually went

less frequently less often

aged the age of

began started

period time given

narrow lead a little over

other demographics other ages

rose steadily increased consistently

fluctuated was erratic

next several years next 2-3 years

before finishing at prior to ending at

In contrast however

theater attendance people going to movies

and up above this number

marginal small

consistently stable

beginning starting

ending finishing

high point peak

trends patterns

cinema-goers people going to the cinema

similar throughout almost the same the whole time

former mentioned first

twice as high double

erratic unstable

only slightly up overall until just up a bit up until

surge increased a lot

latter group mentioned second

displayed showed

unstable erratic

comparable percentages similar numbers

intersected crossed over

aforementioned mentioned before

age bracket age group

twice two times

concluded finished

partial recovery came almost back to its previous level

identical that same

Pronunciation

Practice saying the words below using this tip with Google voice dictation:

ˈdiːteɪlz 
ˈfɪgəz 
ˈsɪnəmə əˈtɛndəns 
əˈkrɒs ˈveərɪəs eɪʤ ˌdɛməˈgræfɪks 
ˈlʊkɪŋ frɒm ən ˈəʊvərɔːl pəˈspɛktɪvɪt ɪz ˈrɛdɪli əˈpærənt ðæt 
ɪsˈpɛʃəli ˈtiːnˌeɪʤəz 
jʌŋ ˈædʌlts
məʊst ˈɒf(ə)n
ˈtɛndɪd tuː gəʊ 
lɛs ˈfriːkwəntli
eɪʤd 
bɪˈgæn 
ˈpɪərɪəd 
ˈnærəʊ liːd 
ˈʌðə ˌdɛməˈgræfɪks
rəʊz ˈstɛdɪli 
ˈflʌktjʊeɪtɪd 
nɛkst ˈsɛvrəl jɪəz 
bɪˈfɔː ˈfɪnɪʃɪŋ æt 
ɪn ˈkɒntrɑːst
ˈθɪətər əˈtɛndəns 
ænd ʌp 
ˈmɑːʤɪnəl 
kənˈsɪstəntli 
bɪˈgɪnɪŋ 
ˈɛndɪŋ 
haɪ pɔɪnt 
trɛndz 
ˈsɪnəməˌgəʊəz 
ˈsɪmɪlə θru(ː)ˈaʊt 
ˈfɔːmə 
twaɪs æz haɪ 
ɪˈrætɪk 
ˈəʊnli ˈslaɪtli ʌp ˈəʊvərɔːl ənˈtɪl 
sɜːʤ 
ˈlætə gruːp 
dɪsˈpleɪd 
ʌnˈsteɪbl 
ˈkɒmpərəbl pəˈsɛntɪʤɪz
ˌɪntə(ː)ˈsɛktɪd 
əˌfɔːˈmɛnʃənd 
eɪʤ ˈbrækɪt 
twaɪs 
kənˈkluːdɪd 
ˈpɑːʃəl rɪˈkʌvəri 
aɪˈdɛntɪkəl 

Vocabulary Practice

Remember and fill in the blanks. Note it on a piece of paper so you can remember better:

The line chart d_________________s for c______________________e a_______s v________________________________s in the United States between 2000 and 2011. L______________________________________________t attendance increased for all groups, with younger people, e________________________s and y________________s, watching movies the m____________n. As people got older, they t____________o to the cinema l________________y.

Those a____d 15 – 24 b_______n the p______d with 15% going to the cinema, a n__________d over the o______________________s. This figure then r_________________y to over 30% by 2004, f___________d between 35% and 50% for the n_______________s b_________e f__________t 52%. I____________t, t___________________e from the age of 35 a________p was m___________l yet increased c____________________________g at 1% and e__________g the period at a h__________t of 13%.

The t_________s for 7-14 and 25-35-year-old c_________________s were s______________________t as the f___________r began t_______________h at 10%. Attendance was then e_________c but o____________________________l 2005 when there was a s________e to 30%, followed by a high of 38% in 2010 and a final figure of 30% in 2011. The l___________________________d an u___________e trend with c___________________________s, i________________d with the a____________________d a_____________t t_____e, and c_______________d the period with a p____________________y to an i____________l 30% figure.

Listening Practice

Listen to the related topic below and practice with these activities:

Reading Practice

Read more and use these ideas to practice:

https://www.timeout.com/film/the-50-most-beautiful-cinemas-in-the-world

Speaking Practice

Practice with the following related questions from the real IELTS speaking exam:

Talk about a movie that you enjoyed watching in the cinema. Include:

What it was

Why you like it

If you will see it again

Writing Practice

Practice with the related chart below and then check with my sample answer:

IELTS Writing Task 1 Sample Answer: Movie Production (Bar Chart)

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