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This is an IELTS writing task 1 sample answer essay on the topic of influencers and their popularity in a bar chart from the real IELTS exam.

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IELTS Task 1: Influencers Bar Chart

The bar chart below shows the popularity of well-known Instagram accounts in 2011 and 2021.

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

The bar chart details the follower statistics for 5 popular personalities on Instagram in 2018 and 2021. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that figures rose for all influencers with Christiano Ronaldo becoming the most followed and Selena Gomez going from most to least popular over the period surveyed.

In 2018, Selena Gomez had by far the most followers at 125 million, more than 10 million above Ariana Grande (112 million) and Ronaldo (110 million). By 2021, Selena’s follower count had nearly doubled to 245 million, while Ronaldo’s surged to lead all celebrities at 315 million and Ariana Grande increased more than twofold to 251 million.

The final two influencers, Kylie Jenner and The Rock, experienced similarly dramatic rising trends. Kylie’s followers were just under 100 million in 2018 and The Rock was slightly lower at around 95 million. Both influencers added approximately 150 million followers with the former finishing at 250 million and the latter modestly higher at 252 million.

Analysis

1. The bar chart details the follower statistics for 5 popular personalities on Instagram in 2018 and 2021. 2. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that figures rose for all influencers with Christiano Ronaldo becoming the most followed and Selena Gomez going from most to least popular over the period surveyed.

  1. Paraphrase what the bar chart shows.
  2. Write a clear overview summarising the differences.

1. In 2018, Selena Gomez had by far the most followers at 125 million, more than 10 million above Ariana Grande (112 million) and Ronaldo (110 million). 2. By 2021, Selena’s follower count had nearly doubled to 245 million, while Ronaldo’s surged to lead all celebrities at 315 million and Ariana Grande increased more than twofold to 251 million.

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

1. The final two influencers, Kylie Jenner and The Rock, experienced similarly dramatic rising trends. 2. Kylie’s followers were just under 100 million in 2018 and The Rock was slightly lower at around 95 million. 3. Both influencers added approximately 150 million followers with the former finishing at 250 million and the latter modestly higher at 252 million.

  1. Write about the final other parts of the graph – include everything!
  2. Compare the categories.
  3. Finish with the rest of the data.

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 follower statistics for 5 popular personalities on Instagram in 2018 and 2021. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that figures rose for all influencers with Christiano Ronaldo becoming the most followed and Selena Gomez going from most to least popular over the period surveyed.

In 2018, Selena Gomez had by far the most followers at 125 million, more than 10 million above Ariana Grande (112 million) and Ronaldo (110 million). By 2021, Selena’s follower count had nearly doubled to 245 million, while Ronaldo’s surged to lead all celebrities at 315 million and Ariana Grande increased more than twofold to 251 million.

The final two influencers, Kylie Jenner and The Rock, experienced similarly dramatic rising trends. Kylie’s followers were just under 100 million in 2018 and The Rock was slightly lower at around 95 million. Both influencers added approximately 150 million followers with the former finishing at 250 million and the latter modestly higher at 252 million.

Answers

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

details shows

follower statistics number of people who follow them on Instagram

popular personalities famous people

Instagram social media application

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

figures statistics

rose increased

over the period surveyed over the time detailed

by far much more

count numer

nearly doubled almost twice as much

surged to lead increased a lot to be first

celebrities famous people

twofold double

final last

experienced similarly dramatic underwent about the same extreme

trends patterns

slightly lower a little less

around approximately

added approximately increased about

the former the one mentioned first

the latter modestly higher the one mentioned second a bit above

Pronunciation

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

ˈdiːteɪlz 
ˈfɒləʊə stəˈtɪstɪks 
ˈpɒpjʊlə ˌpɜːsəˈnælɪtiz 
ˈɪnstəˌgræm 
ˈlʊkɪŋ frɒm ən ˈəʊvərɔːl pəˈspɛktɪvɪt ɪz ˈrɛdɪli əˈpærənt ðæt 
ˈfɪgəz 
rəʊz 
ˈəʊvə ðə ˈpɪərɪəd sɜːˈveɪd.
baɪ fɑː 
kaʊnt 
ˈnɪəli ˈdʌbld 
sɜːʤd tuː liːd 
sɪˈlɛbrɪtiz 
ˈtuːfəʊld 
ˈfaɪnl 
ɪksˈpɪərɪənst ˈsɪmɪləli drəˈmætɪk 
trɛndz
ˈslaɪtli ˈləʊə 
əˈraʊnd 
ˈædɪd əˈprɒksɪmɪtli 
ðə ˈfɔːmə 
ðə ˈlætə ˈmɒdɪstli ˈhaɪə

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 f__________________s for 5 p___________________s on I____________m in 2018 and 2021. L_____________________________________________________________t f_________s r______e for all influencers with Christiano Ronaldo becoming the most followed and Selena Gomez going from most to least popular o______________________d.

In 2018, Selena Gomez had b______r the most followers at 125 million, more than 10 million above Ariana Grande (112 million) and Ronaldo (110 million). By 2021, Selena’s follower c______t had n____________d to 245 million, while Ronaldo’s s_________d to l_____d all c__________s at 315 million and Ariana Grande increased more than t_______d to 251 million.

The f______l two influencers, Kylie Jenner and The Rock, e_______________________________c rising t________s. Kylie’s followers were just under 100 million in 2018 and The Rock was s_______________r at a________d 95 million. Both influencers a___________________y 150 million followers with t____________r finishing at 250 million and t_______________________r at 252 million.

Listening Practice

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

Reading Practice

Read more and use these ideas to practice:

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Speaking Practice

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

1. Do you like your voice?

My voice has always bothered me actually. I think that it is a little too high-pitched and I wish that it was deeper. When I catch a movie, I get a bit jealous of the actors with their strong, gravely voices. But I’m over that now. I’m old enough now to accept the things about myself that I can’t change.

2. Has your voice changed much since you were younger?

Yeah, naturally, I don’t have a childish voice anymore. Like most people, my voice changed a lot when I went through puberty. That’s when I first became conscious of the way that my voice sounds. I doubt I ever gave it a second thought before it started to break and get a little deeper.

3. Does anyone in your family have a similar voice?

That’s not something I’ve really paid much attention to but, yeah, I guess my brother has more or less the same voice as me. My dad’s voice is quite different, deeper. My mom, of course, has a very different voice. Hers is much softer and gentler, like most women. My grandfather had a really unique voice, very kind and deep.

4. Have you ever listened to a recording of your voice?

Yeah, all the time. I do a lot of online work that involves recording video and audio and I do all the editing myself so I listen to my own voice on recording everyday. At first, it drove me crazy to listen to it and I just had to get used to it but now I’m accustomed to it and it doesn’t bother me at all. I’d still rather listen to someone else’s voice!

Writing Practice

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

IELTS Essay: Distances Travelled Bar Chart


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