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This is an IELTS writing task 1 sample answer essay on the topic of transport preferences among young people from the real IELTS exam.

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IELTS Essay Task 1: Transport Preferences Among Young People

The bar chart below shows transport preferences among young people in four countries in a single year.

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

IELTS Essay Transport Preferences Young People

The bar chart details transport preferences for young people in terms of cars, motorcycles, and bicycles in the United Kingdom, the United States, France and Italy. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that cars are more popular in the UK, the US and especially Italy while the French prefer to ride bicycles. In all countries except the United States, motorcycles are the least common option.

Considering the statistics for cars first of all, the United States and the United Kingdom have identical figures at 60% each. Italy is noticeably higher at 75% while just 40% of younger individuals in France drive cars. In most nations, bicycles are also pervasive, with the highest number in France at 47%, followed by 30% in the UK, slightly over 10% in Italy, and precisely 10% in the US.

Motorcycles are only a significant choice for younger people in the United States (30% ride motorcycles there), and in contrast the figures for France, the UK, and Italy merely reach 11%, 10%, and 9%, respectively.

Analysis

1. The bar chart details transport preferences for young people in terms of cars, motorcycles, and bicycles in the United Kingdom, the United States, France and Italy. 2. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that cars are more popular in the UK, the US and especially Italy while the French prefer to ride bicycles. 3. In all countries except the United States, motorcycles are the least common option.

  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. Considering the statistics for cars first of all, the United States and the United Kingdom have identical figures at 60% each. 2. Italy is noticeably higher at 75% while just 40% of younger individuals in France drive cars. 3. In most nations, bicycles are also pervasive, with the highest number in France at 47%, followed by 30% in the UK, slightly over 10% in Italy, and precisely 10% in the US.

  1. Begin writing about the data for the first category.
  2. Make sure you compare as much as possible.
  3. Finish with the rest of the data.

1. Motorcycles are only a significant choice for younger people in the United States (30% ride motorcycles there), and in contrast the figures for France, the UK, and Italy merely reach 11%, 10%, and 9%, respectively.

  1. Write about the final other parts of the graph – include everything!

Vocabulary

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

The bar chart details transport preferences for young people in terms of cars, motorcycles, and bicycles in the United Kingdom, the United States, France and Italy. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that cars are more popular in the UK, the US and especially Italy while the French prefer to ride bicycles. In all countries except the United States, motorcycles are the least common option.

Considering the statistics for cars first of all, the United States and the United Kingdom have identical figures at 60% each. Italy is noticeably higher at 75% while just 40% of younger individuals in France drive cars. In most nations, bicycles are also pervasive, with the highest number in France at 47%, followed by 30% in the UK, slightly over 10% in Italy, and precisely 10% in the US.

Motorcycles are only a significant choice for younger people in the United States (30% ride motorcycles there), and in contrast the figures for France, the UK, and Italy merely reach 11%, 10%, and 9%, respectively.

Answers

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

details shows

transport preferences what vehicles you like to use

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

especially in particular

except not including

least common option not used often

considering concerning

statistics figures, data

first of all firstly

identical figures the same numbers

each each one

noticeably higher much more

while in contrast

in most nations in most countries

pervasive common

followed by after

slightly over more than

precisely exactly

significant choice common

in contrast however

merely reach just get to

respectively in turn

Pronunciation

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

ˈdiːteɪlz 
ˈtrænspɔːt ˈprɛfərənsɪz 
ˈlʊkɪŋ frɒm ən ˈəʊvərɔːl pəˈspɛktɪvɪt ɪz ˈrɛdɪli əˈpærənt ðæt 
ɪsˈpɛʃəli 
ɪkˈsɛpt 
liːst ˈkɒmən ˈɒpʃən
kənˈsɪdərɪŋ 
stəˈtɪstɪks 
fɜːst ɒv ɔːl
aɪˈdɛntɪkəl ˈfɪgəz 
iːʧ
ˈnəʊtɪsəbli ˈhaɪə 
waɪl 
ɪn məʊst ˈneɪʃənz
pɜːˈveɪsɪv
ˈfɒləʊd baɪ 
ˈslaɪtli ˈəʊvə 
prɪˈsaɪsli 
sɪgˈnɪfɪkənt ʧɔɪs 
ɪn ˈkɒntrɑːst 
ˈmɪəli riːʧ 
rɪsˈpɛktɪvli

Vocabulary Practice

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

The bar chart d_________s t_________________________s for young people in terms of cars, motorcycles, and bicycles in the United Kingdom, the United States, France and Italy. L_________________________________________________________t cars are more popular in the UK, the US and e______________y Italy while the French prefer to ride bicycles. In all countries e_______t the United States, motorcycles are the l_________________________n.

C________________g the s__________s for cars f_____________l, the United States and the United Kingdom have i_________________s at 60% e______h. Italy is n_____________________r at 75% w______e just 40% of younger individuals in France drive cars. I_______________s, bicycles are also p_____________e, with the highest number in France at 47%, f________________y 30% in the UK, s______________r 10% in Italy, and p___________y 10% in the US.

Motorcycles are only a s________________e for younger people in the United States (30% ride motorcycles there), and i_________________t the figures for France, the UK, and Italy m_______________h 11%, 10%, and 9%, r___________y.

Listening Practice

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

Reading Practice

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https://www.axios.com/electric-bikes-jolt-cities-ebikes-bicycles-environment-cycling-edd5cdb5-b9b2-4835-bbaa-d2572968b7fb.html

Speaking Practice

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

Walking

  1. Do you go places on foot a lot?
  2. Did you walk more when you were younger?
  3. Why do some people prefer walking to driving a car?
  4. Do people in your country walk a lot?

Writing Practice

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


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