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This is an IELTS writing task 1 sample answer essay on the topic of internet use and average spending online from the real IELTS exam.

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IELTS Task 1 Essay: Internet Use

The bar chart details the percentage of internet users according to nation and the pie chart delineates how much individuals from those same countries spent on average shopping online. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that Sweden had by far the largest proportion of the population using the internet followed by the UK, German, France, and Spain. There were slight differences in terms of spending as the UK spent the most over Sweden, France, Germany and then Spain, which had a marginal figure overall.

Considering the table firstly, Swedish citizens used the internet most often at 35%. This figure was nearly double the United Kingdom (20%) and each subsequent nation was 5% lower with Germany at 15%, France at 10%, and Spain at 5%.

For spending, the UK had the highest figure (Є87), slightly above Sweden at Є76. There was a large drop to France at Є57 and Germany at Є46. Spain trailed the other nations considerably and residents spent just Є10 per person on average.

Analysis

1. The bar chart details the percentage of internet users according to nation and the pie chart delineates how much individuals from those same countries spent on average shopping online. 2. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that Sweden had by far the largest proportion of the population using the internet followed by the UK, German, France, and Spain. 3. There were slight differences in terms of spending as the UK spent the most over Sweden, France, Germany and then Spain, which had a marginal figure overall.

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

1. Considering the table firstly, Swedish citizens used the internet most often at 35%. 2. This figure was nearly double the United Kingdom (20%) and each subsequent nation was 5% lower with Germany at 15%, France at 10%, and Spain at 5%.

  1. Begin writing about the data for the first categories.
  2. Make sure you compare as much as possible.

1. For spending, the UK had the highest figure (Є87), slightly above Sweden at Є76. 2. There was a large drop to France at Є57 and Germany at Є46. 3. Spain trailed the other nations considerably and residents spent just Є10 per person on average.

  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 bar chart details the percentage of internet users according to nation and the pie chart delineates how much individuals from those same countries spent on average shopping online. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that Sweden had by far the largest proportion of the population using the internet followed by the UK, German, France, and Spain. There were slight differences in terms of spending as the UK spent the most over Sweden, France, Germany and then Spain, which had a marginal figure overall.

Considering the table firstly, Swedish citizens used the internet most often at 35%. This figure was nearly double the United Kingdom (20%) and each subsequent nation was 5% lower with Germany at 15%, France at 10%, and Spain at 5%.

For spending, the UK had the highest figure (Є87), slightly above Sweden at Є76. There was a large drop to France at Є57 and Germany at Є46. Spain trailed the other nations considerably and residents spent just Є10 per person on average.

Answers

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

details hows

percentage %

internet users people online

according to as it relates to

delineates describes

spent on average shopping online the normal amount of money used to buy items on the internet

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

by far a lot more than

proportion ratio, percentage

followed by before

slight differences small divergences

in terms of when it comes to

marginal figure overall low numbers in general

considering looking at

nearly double almost twice as much

subsequent after that

lower less than

highest figure biggest number

slightly above a little over

large drop big decline

trailed were behind

considerably much more

residents people living there

per person for each individual

Pronunciation

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

ˈdiːteɪlz 
pəˈsɛntɪʤ 
ˈɪntəˌnɛt ˈjuːzəz 
əˈkɔːdɪŋ tuː 
dɪˈlɪnɪeɪts 
spɛnt ɒn ˈævərɪʤ ˈʃɒpɪŋ ˈɒnˌlaɪn
ˈlʊkɪŋ frɒm ən ˈəʊvərɔːl pəˈspɛktɪvɪt ɪz ˈrɛdɪli əˈpærənt ðæt 
baɪ fɑː 
prəˈpɔːʃən 
ˈfɒləʊd baɪ 
slaɪt ˈdɪfrənsɪz 
ɪn tɜːmz ɒv 
ˈmɑːʤɪnəl ˈfɪgər ˈəʊvərɔːl
kənˈsɪdərɪŋ 
ˈnɪəli ˈdʌbl 
ˈsʌbsɪkwənt 
ˈləʊə 
ˈhaɪɪst ˈfɪgə 
ˈslaɪtli əˈbʌv 
lɑːʤ drɒp 
treɪld 
kənˈsɪdərəbli 
ˈrɛzɪdənts 
pɜː ˈpɜːsn 

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 the p____________e of i____________s a_______________o nation and the pie chart d_________s how much individuals from those same countries s_________________________e. L________________________________________________t Sweden had b_______r the largest p___________n of the population using the internet f_____________y the UK, German, France, and Spain. There were s_________________s i______________f spending as the UK spent the most over Sweden, France, Germany and then Spain, which had a m____________________l.

C____________g the table firstly, Swedish citizens used the internet most often at 35%. This figure was n______________e the United Kingdom (20%) and each s______________t nation was 5% l_______r with Germany at 15%, France at 10%, and Spain at 5%.

For spending, the UK had the h_______________e (Є87), s_______________e Sweden at Є76. There was a l___________p to France at Є57 and Germany at Є46. Spain t________d the other nations c_______________y and r___________s spent just Є10 p______________n on average.

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.wmagazine.com/culture/lorde-internet-addiction-cure

Speaking Practice

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

Shopping

  1. What do you usually shop for?
  2. Do you often go to malls?
  3. Do you shop online a lot?
  4. How common are shopping centers in your country?

Writing Practice

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


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