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This is an IELTS writing task 2 sample answer essay on the topic of vehicles registered in Australia in 2010, 2012, and 2014 from the real IELTS exam/test.

The overview for this one is very simple because they already give you the general trends but there is still one tricky area that many students may forget about.

Read my answer below to find out the tricky part of the overview.

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IELTS Writing Task 1 Sample Answer Essay: Vehicles in Australia Table (Real Past IELTS Exam/Test)

IELTS Writing task 1 table australia
IELTS Writing Task 1 Real Past IELTS Exam/Test

The table gives an account of the kinds of vehicles registered in Australia in 2010, 2012, and 2014. Registrations for all vehicles increased, though the growth in motorcycles and light trucks stands out most. Despite a smaller percentile increase, the totals for passenger vehicles were by far the highest and light trucks were lowest.

Passenger and commercial vehicles led total registrations throughout with the former beginning at 11.8 million in 2010 before rising by .9 million and .3 million, for a 10.2% overall jump. The latter underwent a 17.4% climb, going from 2.3 million to 2.6 million and finally 2.7 million by 2014.

The 3 remaining types of vehicles were considerably less common. The respective starting points for each were 540,000 motorcycles, 384,000 heavy trucks and 106,000 light trucks. Motorcycles rose the most rapidly, with a more than 30% increase to 709,000 by the end of the period. Heavy trucks made marginal gains totaling 8.3%, which amounted to 416,00 registrations in 2014. Finally, 124,000 new light trucks were registered in 2012 and an additional 131,000 in 2014 (translating to a 23.5% increase).

Word Count: 170

Analysis

1. The table gives an account of the kinds of vehicles registered in Australia in 2010, 2012, and 2014. 2. Registrations for all vehicles increased, though the growth in motorcycles and light trucks stands out most. 3. Despite a smaller percentile increase, the totals for passenger vehicles were by far the highest and light trucks were lowest.

  1. Paraphrase what the table shows.
  2. Include the trend for all areas – do they go up, down or stay the same? You can also highlight if one increased a lot, as I did with light trucks.
  3. To get full marks for your overview, also include the overall rankings. Even though light trucks increased the most, it was lowest overall while passenger vehicles was by far the highest.

1. Passenger and commercial vehicles led total registrations throughout with the former beginning at 11.8 million in 2010 before rising by .9 million and .3 million, for a 10.2% overall jump. 2. The latter underwent a 17.4% climb, going from 2.3 million to 2.6 million and finally 2.7 million by 2014.

  1. Begin describing the data. Try to group together the highest and lowest categories.
  2. Finish describing and comparing the data for those categories.

1. The 3 remaining types of vehicles were considerably less common. 2. The respective starting points for each were 540,000 motorcycles, 384,000 heavy trucks and 106,000 light trucks. 3. Motorcycles rose the most rapidly, with a more than 30% increase to 709,000 by the end of the period. 4. Heavy trucks made marginal gains totaling 8.3%, which amounted to 416,00 registrations in 2014. 5. Finally, 124,000 new light trucks were registered in 2012 and an additional 131,000 in 2014 (translating to a 23.5% increase).

  1. Compare the lower categories.
  2. Here I list the starting point for all the kinds of vehicles.
  3. Now I describe how one of them changed – make sure you include all the data!
  4. I next write about heavy trucks. Try to vary up your grammar and vocbulary.
  5. I finish with the last are. You do not need a conclusion!

Vocabulary

What do the words in bold below mean?

The table gives an account of the kinds of vehicles registered in Australia in 2010, 2012, and 2014. Registrations for all vehicles increased, though the growth in motorcycles and light trucks stands out most. Despite a smaller percentile increase, the totals for passenger vehicles were by far the highest and light trucks were lowest.

Passenger and commercial vehicles led total registrations throughout with the former beginning at 11.8 million in 2010 before rising by .9 million and .3 million, for a 10.2% overall jump. The latter underwent a 17.4% climb, going from 2.3 million to 2.6 million and finally 2.7 million by 2014.

The 3 remaining types of vehicles were considerably less common. The respective starting points for each were 540,000 motorcycles, 384,000 heavy trucks and 106,000 light trucks. Motorcycles rose the most rapidly, with a more than 30% increase to 709,000 by the end of the period. Heavy trucks made marginal gains totaling 8.3%, which amounted to 416,00 registrations in 2014. Finally, 124,000 new light trucks were registered in 2012 and an additional 131,000 in 2014 (translating to a 23.5% increase).

Answers

gives an account of illustrates

registrations people reporting their vehicles to the authorities

growth increase

stands out most most striking

smaller percentile increase increased in proportion less

led was first

throughout all during

former mentioned first

jump increase

underwent experienced

climb increase

remaining left over

considerably less common much less popular

respective starting points where each began

most rapidly very fast

by the end of the period at the end of the time surveyed

marginal gains totaling just small increases adding up to

amounted to totaling

additional extra

translating to meaning/equaling

Pronunciation

gɪvz ən əˈkaʊnt ɒv 
ˌrɛʤɪsˈtreɪʃənz 
grəʊθ
stændz aʊt məʊst
ˈsmɔːlə pəˈsɛntaɪl ˈɪnkriːs
lɛd 
θru(ː)ˈaʊt 
ˈfɔːmə 
ʤʌmp
ˌʌndəˈwɛnt 
klaɪm
rɪˈmeɪnɪŋ 
kənˈsɪdərəbli lɛs ˈkɒmən
rɪsˈpɛktɪv ˈstɑːtɪŋ pɔɪnts 
məʊst ˈræpɪdli
baɪ ði ɛnd ɒv ðə ˈpɪərɪəd
ˈmɑːʤɪnəl geɪnz ˈtəʊtlɪŋ 
əˈmaʊntɪd tuː 
əˈdɪʃənl 
trænsˈleɪtɪŋ tuː

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Vocabulary Practice

Remember and fill in the blanks:

The table g___________________f the kinds of vehicles registered in Australia in 2010, 2012, and 2014. R_____________s for all vehicles increased, though the g______h in motorcycles and light trucks s____________________t. Despite a s_____________________________e, the totals for passenger vehicles were by far the highest and light trucks were lowest.

Passenger and commercial vehicles l__d total registrations t__________t with the f________r beginning at 11.8 million in 2010 before rising by .9 million and .3 million, for a 10.2% overall j____p. The latter u__________t a 17.4% c______b, going from 2.3 million to 2.6 million and finally 2.7 million by 2014.

The 3 r______________g types of vehicles were c________________________n. The r_____________________________s for each were 540,000 motorcycles, 384,000 heavy trucks and 106,000 light trucks. Motorcycles rose the m_____________y, with a more than 30% increase to 709,000 b_______________________d. Heavy trucks made m_________________________g 8.3%, which a______________o 416,00 registrations in 2014. Finally, 124,000 new light trucks were registered in 2012 and an a____________l 131,000 in 2014 (t______________o a 23.5% increase).

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Speaking Practice

Answer the questions below about public transportation from the real IELTS speaking exam:

Public Transportation

  1. Do old or young people use public transportation more?
  2. What are the drawbacks of private vehicles?
  3. How could public transportation be improved?
  4. Should city planners consider public transport when designing cities?
  5. What can the government do to improve public transport outside of urban areas?

Writing Practice

Write about the table below then check my sample answer:

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