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This is an IELTS writing task 1 sample answer essay on the topic of consumption of vegetables and fish (a bar chart) from the real IELTS exam.

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IELTS Essay Task 1: Consumption of Vegetables and Fish

The bar chart illustrates the number of people in the UK eating more than 5 portions of vegetables and fish per day.

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

IELTS bar chart consumption fish vegetables
IELTS Bar Chart: Consumption of Fish & Vegetables

The bar chart illustrates statistics concerning individuals in the UK consuming 5 or more portions of vegetables and fish per day from 2011 to 2017. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that percentages for women, children and men all rose over the period and women had the highest numbers throughout. The increase for children, comparatively, was modest.

Women began the period with 20% consuming more than 5 portions of vegetables and fish a day and this figure was stable until 2013 when it began to rise precipitously to eventually reach a high of 36% in 2016, before a fall to 30% to end the period. The numbers for males finished slightly lower at 26%, however their growth was steadier, rising in each year besides 2016 from a starting point of 16% in 2011.

The figures for children were much lower to begin (10%), preceding a relative surge to 14% the next year. Percentages then fluctuated around 14% and finished at a peak of 15% by the end of the period.

Analysis

1. The bar chart illustrates statistics concerning individuals in the UK consuming 5 or more portions of vegetables and fish per day from 2011 to 2017. 2. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that percentages for women, children and men all rose over the period and women had the highest numbers throughout. 3. The increase for children, comparatively, was modest.

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

1. Women began the period with 20% consuming more than 5 portions of vegetables and fish a day and this figure was stable until 2013 when it began to rise precipitously to eventually reach a high of 36% in 2016, before a fall to 30% to end the period. 2. The numbers for males finished slightly lower at 26%, however their growth was steadier, rising in each year besides 2016 from a starting point of 16% in 2011.

  1. Begin writing about the data for the first category.
  2. Describe the next area and compare it to the area before.

1. The figures for children were much lower to begin (10%), preceding a relative surge to 14% the next year. 2. Percentages then fluctuated around 14% and finished at a peak of 15% by the end of the period.

  1. Write about the final other parts of the bar chart – include everything!
  2. There is a lot of data in this one but try to get to all of it.

Vocabulary

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

The bar chart illustrates statistics concerning individuals in the UK consuming 5 or more portions of vegetables and fish per day from 2011 to 2017. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that percentages for women, children and men all rose over the period and women had the highest numbers throughout. The increase for children, comparatively, was modest.

Women began the period with 20% consuming more than 5 portions of vegetables and fish a day and this figure was stable until 2013 when it began to rise precipitously to eventually reach a high of 36% in 2016, before a fall to 30% to end the period. The numbers for males finished slightly lower at 26%, however their growth was steadier, rising in each year besides 2016 from a starting point of 16% in 2011.

The figures for children were much lower to begin (10%), preceding a relative surge to 14% the next year. Percentages then fluctuated around 14% and finished at a peak of 15% by the end of the period.

Answers

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

illustrates shows

statistics data

concerning as it relates to

the UK England

consuming eating

portions amount of food

per day each day

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

rose increased

period time in question

highest numbers biggest figures

throughout the whole time

comparatively compared/relative to

modest small

began the period started

a day each day

stable no chance

when as

rise precipitously grow a lot

eventually in the end

reach a high of get to a top point of

before a fall preceding a decrease

to end the period to finish the time

slightly lower a little less

growth rise

steadier with less fluctuation

besides also

from a starting point of beginning at

much lower a lot less

relative surge compared to other rises, a large rise

the next year the following year

fluctuated was erratic

at a peak of to a high point of

Pronunciation

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

ˈɪləstreɪts 
stəˈtɪstɪks 
kənˈsɜːnɪŋ 
ðə juː-keɪ 
kənˈsjuːmɪŋ 
ˈpɔːʃənz 
pɜː deɪ 
ˈlʊkɪŋ frɒm ən ˈəʊvərɔːl pəˈspɛktɪvɪt ɪz ˈrɛdɪli əˈpærənt ðæt 
rəʊz 
ˈpɪərɪəd 
ˈhaɪɪst ˈnʌmbəz 
θru(ː)ˈaʊt
kəmˈpærətɪvli
ˈmɒdɪst
bɪˈgæn ðə ˈpɪərɪəd 
ə deɪ 
ˈsteɪbl 
wɛn 
raɪz prɪˈsɪpɪtəsli 
ɪˈvɛnʧəli 
riːʧ ə haɪ ɒv 
bɪˈfɔːr ə fɔːl 
tuː ɛnd ðə ˈpɪərɪəd
ˈslaɪtli ˈləʊə 
grəʊθ 
ˈstɛdɪə
bɪˈsaɪdz 
frɒm ə ˈstɑːtɪŋ pɔɪnt ɒv 
mʌʧ ˈləʊə 
ˈrɛlətɪv sɜːʤ 
ðə nɛkst jɪə
ˈflʌktjʊeɪtɪd 
æt ə piːk ɒv 

Vocabulary Practice

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

The bar chart i________________s s______________s c______________g individuals in t______K c______________g 5 or more p__________s of vegetables and fish p_________y from 2011 to 2017. L____________________________________________________t percentages for women, children and men all r_____e over the p_______d and women had the h______________s t______________t. The increase for children, c_______________y, was m_________t.

Women b___________________d with 20% consuming more than 5 portions of vegetables and fish a________y and this figure was s__________e until 2013 w______n it began to r_________________y to e__________________________f 36% in 2016, b_____________l to 30% t__________________d. The numbers for males finished s_________________r at 26%, however their g_________h was s___________r, rising in each year b__________s 2016 f________________________f 16% in 2011.

The figures for children were m__________r to begin (10%), preceding a r________________e to 14% t_______________r. Percentages then f___________d around 14% and finished a_________________f 15% by the end of the period.

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.healthline.com/nutrition/meal-plans

Speaking Practice

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

Sweets

  1. Do you like sweets?
  2. Did you like sweets when you were younger?
  3. What kind of sweet foods are popular in your country?

Writing Practice

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

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