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This is an IELTS Writing Task 1 sample answer bar chart related to what organisations A – E spent on various areas.

It is a very typical IELTS writing task 1, but there are a lot of areas to write about so that makes it a little bit more complex.

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Before reading, listen to my audio of the answer and try to draw the bar chart as accurately as you can to improve your listening skills. Listen to it more than once if you have to:

IELTS Writing Task 1 Sample Answer: Organisations Bar Chart (Real Past IELTS Tests/Exams)

The chart below gives information about billions of euros invested in four areas by various organisations.

The bar chart details funding to four sectors by organisation A-E in a given time period. What stands out most is that overall expenditure is highest for organisation B, in particular staff training and research are outliers compared to the other organisations, while organisations D and E were much lower in overall funding and A and C were in the middle. There were varying trends for all organisations though building tended to be near the top for most of them.

Looking first of all at the funding for organisations A and B, machinery received €1 billion and just under a billion euros respectively, while building was the most funded for organisation A (€1.5 billion) and €.1 billion lower for B, trailing staff training (€1.9 billion) and research (€1.6 billion). Organisation A invested less in both areas with €1.2 for training and €1.1 for research.

The numbers for organisation C, D, and E were much lower with machinery at €1.1 billion for C, €.9 billion for D and €.8 billion for E. All three organisations invested equally in building (an even €1 billion), while staff training was between €.7 and €.9 billion for all groups. Research showed more divergent numbers with organisations C contributing €1.3 billion, organisation D €.6 billion and organisation E €.7billion.

Analysis

1. The bar chart details funding to four sectors by organisation A-E in a given time period. 2. What stands out most is that overall expenditure is highest for organisation B, in particular staff training and research are outliers compared to the other organisations, while organisations D and E were much lower in overall funding and A and C were in the middle. 3. There were varying trends for all organisations though building tended to be near the top for most of them.

  1. Paraphrase very simply what the graph shows – don’t waste time on this sentence.
  2. Write a general overview. It must touch on all areas but not include specific data.
  3. Usually you will need 2 sentences for your overview. 3 is too many.

1. Looking first of all at the funding for organisations A and B, machinery received €1 billion and just under a billion euros respectively, while building was the most funded for organisation A (€1.5 billion) and €.1 billion lower for B, trailing staff training (€1.9 billion) and research (€1.6 billion). 2. Organisation A invested less in both areas with €1.2 for training and €1.1 for research.

  1. Begin to talk about some of the organisations and include all the data. There is a lot of data here so I use parenthesis (…) to include some of it.
  2. Finish and make sure you wrote about all the data and it is accurate.

1. The numbers for organisation C, D, and E were much lower with machinery at €1.1 billion for C, €.9 billion for D and €.8 billion for E. 2. All three organisations invested equally in building (an even €1 billion), while staff training was between €.7 and €.9 billion for all groups. 3. Research showed more divergent numbers with organisations C contributing €1.3 billion, organisation D €.6 billion and organisation E €.7billion.

  1. Talk about the other areas – again with all the data.
  2. Compare the data as much as possible.
  3. Double check to make sure that you included all the data and your overview also includes all the organisations.

Vocabulary

Can you think of any synonyms for the words in bold below?

The bar chart details funding to four sectors by organisation A-E in a given time period. What stands out most is that overall expenditure is highest for organisation B, in particular staff training and research are outliers compared to the other organisations, while organisations D and E were much lower in overall funding and A and C were in the middle. There were varying trends for all organisations though building tended to be near the top for most of them.

Looking first of all at the funding for organisations A and B, machinery received €1 billion and just under a billion euros respectively, while building was the most funded for organisation A (€1.5 billion) and €.1 billion lower for B, trailing staff training (€1.9 billion) and research (€1.6 billion). Organisation A invested less in both areas with €1.2 for training and €1.1 for research.

The numbers for organisation C, D, and E were much lower with machinery at €1.1 billion for C, €.9 billion for D and €.8 billion for E. All three organisations invested equally in building (an even €1 billion), while staff training was between €.7 and €.9 billion for all groups. Research showed more divergent numbers with organisation C contributing €1.3 billion, organisation D €.6 billion and organisation E €.7billion.

Answers

details funding shows the money spend on

sectors areas

in a given time period over the period surveyed

what stands out most is the most striking feature is

overall expenditure total funding

in particular especially

outliers outside the norm

varying trends different patterns

tended inclined to

near the top almost the highest

received got

just under less than

respectively in turn

trailing behind

invested spent on

much lower a lot less

invested equally gave the same amount of money to

even equal

divergent numbers different statistics

contributing adding to

Pronunciation

ˈdiːteɪlz ˈfʌndɪŋ 
ˈsɛktəz 
ɪn ə ˈgɪvn taɪm ˈpɪərɪəd 
wɒt stændz aʊt məʊst ɪz 
ˈəʊvərɔːl ɪksˈpɛndɪʧə 
ɪn pəˈtɪkjʊlə 
ˈaʊtˌlaɪəz 
ˈveəriɪŋ trɛndz 
ˈtɛndɪd 
nɪə ðə tɒp 
rɪˈsiːvd 
ʤʌst ˈʌndə 
rɪsˈpɛktɪvli 
ˈtreɪlɪŋ 
ɪnˈvɛstɪd 
mʌʧ ˈləʊə 
ɪnˈvɛstɪd ˈiːkwəli 
ˈiːvən 
daɪˈvɜːʤənt ˈnʌmbəz 
kənˈtrɪbju(ː)tɪŋ 

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Vocabulary Practice

The bar chart d___________ to four s___________ by organisation A-E i ___________. W___________ that o___________ is highest for organisation B, i___________ staff training and research are o___________ compared to the other organisations, while organisations D and E were much lower in overall funding and A and C were in the middle. There were v___________ for all organisations though building t___________ to be n___________ for most of them.

Looking first of all at the funding for organisations A and B, machinery r___________ €1 billion and j___________ a billion euros r___________, while building was the most funded for organisation A (€1.5 billion) and €.1 billion lower for B, t___________ staff training (€1.9 billion) and research (€1.6 billion). Organisation A i___________ less in both areas with €1.2 for training and €1.1 for research.

The numbers for organisation C, D, and E were m___________ with machinery at €1.1 billion for C, €.9 billion for D and €.8 billion for E. All three organisations i___________ in building (an e___________ €1 billion), while staff training was between €.7 and €.9 billion for all groups. Research showed more d___________ with organisations C c___________ €1.3 billion, organisation D €.6 billion and organisation E €.7billion.

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Listening Practice

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