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This is an IELTS writing task 1 sample answer essay on the topic of an exports table in Hong Kong.

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IELTS Essay Task 1: Exports Table

The table below shows the changes in exports in HK billions between 2009 and 2010.

$HK billions20092010Changes
Equipment10.311.613%
Telecommunications7.912.761%
Clothing65-17%
Manufacturing5.54-27%
Metals2.35.1122%
Overall3238.420%
IELTS Exports Table April 2021

The table details the rise and fall of exports in billions of Hong Kong dollars from 2009 to 2010. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that exports displayed an upward trajectory in all categories except clothing and manufacturing. Telecommunications and metals rose the most, with the former and equipment constituting the most substantial export quantities overall.

In 2009, equipment and telecommunications were the largest exports at 10.3 and 7.9 $HK billions, respectively. By 2010, Telecommunications had overtaken equipment with a 61% surge to 12.7, while equipment grew marginally by 13% to 11.6.

In terms of less robust exports, both clothing and manufacturing declined slightly (from 6 to 5 and 5.5 to 4, in turn), while this trend was reversed for metals, which more than doubled to 5.1 $HK billions. General growth was reflected in an increase for exports in the aggregate of 20% and a total figure of 38.4 $HK billions.

Analysis

1. The table details the rise and fall of exports in billions of Hong Kong dollars from 2009 to 2010. 2. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that exports displayed an upward trajectory in all categories except clothing and manufacturing. 3. Telecommunications and metals rose the most, with the former and equipment constituting the most substantial export quantities overall.

  1. Paraphrase what the bar chart shows.
  2. Write a clear overview summarising the major trends and differences.
  3. You may need a second sentence for your general overview.

1. In 2009, equipment and telecommunications were the largest exports at 10.3 and 7.9 $HK billions, respectively. 2. By 2010, Telecommunications had overtaken equipment with a 61% surge to 12.7, while equipment grew marginally by 13% to 11.6.

  1. Begin writing about the bar chart.
  2. Compare as much as possible.

1. In terms of less robust exports, both clothing and manufacturing declined slightly (from 6 to 5 and 5.5 to 4, in turn), while this trend was reversed for metals, which more than doubled to 5.1 $HK billions. 2. General growth was reflected in an increase for exports in the aggregate of 20% and a total figure of 38.4 $HK billions.

  1. Write about the rest of the data from the bar chart.
  2. Make sure you have detailed all the information.

Vocabulary

What do the words in bold below mean?

The table details the rise and fall of exports in billions of Hong Kong dollars from 2009 to 2010. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that exports displayed an upward trajectory in all categories except clothing and manufacturing. Telecommunications and metals rose the most, with the former and equipment constituting the most substantial export quantities overall.

In 2009, equipment and telecommunications were the largest exports at 10.3 and 7.9 $HK billions, respectively. By 2010, Telecommunications had overtaken equipment with a 61% surge to 12.7, while equipment grew marginally by 13% to 11.6.

In terms of less robust exports, both clothing and manufacturing declined slightly (from 6 to 5 and 5.5 to 4, in turn), while this trend was reversed for metals, which more than doubled to 5.1 $HK billions. General growth was reflected in an increase for exports in the aggregate of 20% and a total figure of 38.4 $HK billions.

Answers

details describes

rise and fall increase and decline

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

displayed an upward trajectory increasing

except not including

former mentioned first

constituting made up of

substantial large

quantities amounts

largest exports most sent abroad

respectively in turn

overtaken surpassed

surge increased a lot

grew marginally increased a little

in terms of less robust exports when it comes to the smaller exports

declined slightly went down a little

in turn respectively

trend pattern

reversed opposite direction

more than doubled more than 200%

reflected mirrored

in the aggregate overall

total figure complete number

Pronunciation

ˈdiːteɪlz 
raɪz ænd fɔːl 
ˈlʊkɪŋ frɒm ən ˈəʊvərɔːl pəˈspɛktɪvɪt ɪz ˈrɛdɪli əˈpærənt ðæt 
dɪsˈpleɪd ən ˈʌpwəd ˈtræʤɪktəri 
ɪkˈsɛpt 
ˈfɔːmə 
ˈkɒnstɪtjuːtɪŋ 
səbˈstænʃəl 
ˈkwɒntɪtiz 
ˈlɑːʤɪst ˈɛkspɔːts 
rɪsˈpɛktɪvli
ˌəʊvəˈteɪkən 
sɜːʤ 
gruː ˈmɑːʤɪnəli 
ɪn tɜːmz ɒv lɛs rəʊˈbʌst ˈɛkspɔːts
dɪˈklaɪnd ˈslaɪtli 
ɪn tɜːn
trɛnd 
rɪˈvɜːst 
mɔː ðæn ˈdʌbld 
rɪˈflɛktɪd 
ɪn ði ˈægrɪgɪt 
ˈtəʊtl ˈfɪgə 

Vocabulary Practice

Remember and fill in the blanks:

The table d________s the r______________l of exports in billions of Hong Kong dollars from 2009 to 2010. L____________________________________________t exports d__________________________y in all categories e________t clothing and manufacturing. Telecommunications and metals rose the most, with the f________r and equipment c______________g the most s________________l export q____________s overall.

In 2009, equipment and telecommunications were the l_________________s at 10.3 and 7.9 $HK billions, r_____________y. By 2010, Telecommunications had o_____________n equipment with a 61% s______e to 12.7, while equipment g_______________________y by 13% to 11.6.

I_______________________________s, both clothing and manufacturing d________________y (from 6 to 5 and 5.5 to 4, i________n), while this t_____d was r____________d for metals, which m_______________d to 5.1 $HK billions. General growth was r____________d in an increase for exports i____________________e of 20% and a t_____________e of 38.4 $HK billions.

Listening Practice

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Speaking Practice

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

Buying

  1. Which item do you buy the most?
  2. Do you care about the price when buying an item?
  3. What was the last thing you bought?
  4. Are good products always expensive?

Writing Practice

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