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This is an IELTS writing task 1 sample answer essay on the topic of various age groups attending concerts from real IELTS exam.

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IELTS Writing Task 1 Sample Answer Essay: Concerts Line Chart

The graph below shows the percentage of people in different age groups in one city who attended music concerts between 2010 and 2015.

The given line chart details the percentages of people attending concerts from 2010 to 2015 across various age groups. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that all ages showed increasing trends except for 55-64 and that younger people tended to go to concerts more often.

52% of those between the ages of 45 and 54 went to concerts in 2010, leading all age brackets, but there was a dip to 40% in 2011 which allowed the 16-24 group to rise 15% to 55% and lead all concert-goers. From there, both groups increased with broadly similar trends as the 16-24 year olds had risen to 70% by 2015 and the former group had grown to 54%.

The 25-44 and 55-64 groups showed inverse trends with the former group dipping from 40% in 2010 to a low of 30% in 2013 before sloping upwards to nearly 50% by the end of the period. The latter group rose steadily from a starting point of 20% to intersect with the younger group at 30% in 2013 and then fell to just over 20% in 2015. The final group, aged 75+, doubled to 20% in the first year, had surrendered those gains by 2013, before undergoing a stable increase and reaching 20% to finish the period.

Analysis

1. The given line chart details the percentages of people attending concerts from 2010 to 2015 across various age groups. 2. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that all ages showed increasing trends except for 55-64 and that younger people tended to go to concerts more often.

  1. Paraphrase what the graph shows.
  2. Write an overview that includes whether or not the categories went up or down and the general overall ranking of each.

1. 52% of those between the ages of 45 and 54 went to concerts in 2010, leading all age brackets, but there was a dip to 40% in 2011 which allowed the 16-24 group to rise 15% to 55% and lead all concert-goers. 2. From there, both groups increased with broadly similar trends as the 16-24 year olds had risen to 70% by 2015 and the former group had grown to 54%.

  1. Begin to describe the data by comparing different groups.
  2. Continue comparing and list all the groups. You don’t need all the data but make sure the start and end point is clear and how quickly/slowly it rose/fell.

1. The 25-44 and 55-64 groups showed inverse trends with the former group dipping from 40% in 2010 to a low of 30% in 2013 before sloping upwards to nearly 50% by the end of the period. 2. The latter group rose steadily from a starting point of 20% to intersect with the younger group at 30% in 2013 and then fell to just over 20% in 2015. 3. The final group, aged 75+, doubled to 20% in the first year, had surrendered those gains by 2013, before undergoing a stable increase and reaching 20% to finish the period.

  1. Begin to compare the other data.
  2. Continue comparing it listing all the data.
  3. Include any areas that you didn’t talk about at the end as I do here.

Vocabulary

What do the words in bold below mean?

The given line chart details the percentages of people attending concerts from 2010 to 2015 across various age groups. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that all ages showed increasing trends except for 55-64 and that younger people tended to go to concerts more often.

52% of those between the ages of 45 and 54 went to concerts in 2010, leading all age brackets, but there was a dip to 40% in 2011 which allowed the 16-24 group to rise 15% to 55% and lead all concert-goers. From there, both groups increased with broadly similar trends as the 16-24 year olds had risen to 70% by 2015 and the former group had grown to 54%.

The 25-44 and 55-64 groups showed inverse trends with the former group dipping from 40% in 2010 to a low of 30% in 2013 before sloping upwards to nearly 50% by the end of the period. The latter group rose steadily from a starting point of 20% to intersect with the younger group at 30% in 2013 and then fell to just over 20% in 2015. The final group, aged 75+, doubled to 20% in the first year, had surrendered those gains by 2013, before undergoing a stable increase and reaching 20% to finish the period.

Answers

given presented

details describes

attending concerts going to music shows

across various age groups at different ages

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

increasing trends more and more

tended were more likely to

leading in front of

age brackets age groups

dip fall

rise increase

concert-goers people who go to concerts

broadly similar trends in general had the same pattern

former one mentioned first

showed inverse trends had opposite patterns

dipping from falling from

a low of the minimum point

sloping upwards gently increasing

latter more recent one

steadily at regular intervals

starting point beginning with

intersect with cross each other at

just over a little above

doubled increased by 2x

surrendered gave up

undergoing experiencing

stable increase regular rise

reaching getting to

to finish the period at the end of the surveyed time

Pronunciation

Listen and repeat:

ˈgɪvn
ˈdiːteɪlz 
əˈtɛndɪŋ ˈkɒnsə(ː)ts 
əˈkrɒs ˈveərɪəs eɪʤ gruːps
ˈlʊkɪŋ frɒm ən ˈəʊvərɔːl pəˈspɛktɪvɪt ɪz ˈrɛdɪli əˈpærənt ðæt 
ɪnˈkriːsɪŋ trɛndz 
ˈtɛndɪd 
ˈliːdɪŋ 
eɪʤ ˈbrækɪts
dɪp 
raɪz 
ˈkɒnsə(ː)t-ˈgəʊəz
ˈbrɔːdli ˈsɪmɪlə trɛndz 
ˈfɔːmə 
ʃəʊd ɪnˈvɜːs trɛndz 
ˈdɪpɪŋ frɒm 
ə ləʊ ɒv 
ˈsləʊpɪŋ ˈʌpwədz 
ˈlætə 
ˈstɛdɪli 
ˈstɑːtɪŋ pɔɪnt 
ˌɪntə(ː)ˈsɛkt wɪð 
ʤʌst ˈəʊvə 
ˈdʌbld 
səˈrɛndəd 
ˌʌndəˈgəʊɪŋ 
ˈsteɪbl ˈɪnkriːs 
ˈriːʧɪŋ 
tuː ˈfɪnɪʃ ðə ˈpɪərɪəd

Vocabulary Practice

What do the words in bold below mean?

The g______n line chart d__________s the percentages of people a______________________s from 2010 to 2015 a____________________________s. L___________________________________________________________t all ages showed i________________________s except for 55-64 and that younger people t_________d to go to concerts more often.

52% of those between the ages of 45 and 54 went to concerts in 2010, l____________g all a______________s, but there was a d____p to 40% in 2011 which allowed the 16-24 group to r_____e 15% to 55% and lead all c______________s. From there, both groups increased with b___________________________s as the 16-24 year olds had risen to 70% by 2015 and the f_______r group had grown to 54%.

The 25-44 and 55-64 groups s________________________s with the former group d_____________m 40% in 2010 to a________f 30% in 2013 before s_____________________s to nearly 50% by the end of the period. The l________r group rose s____________y from a s___________________t of 20% to i_____________________h the younger group at 30% in 2013 and then fell to j____________r 20% in 2015. The final group, aged 75+, d___________d to 20% in the first year, had s___________________d those gains by 2013, before u________________g a s_______________e and r______________g 20% t____________________________d.

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