IELTS Writing Task 1 #145

IELTS Writing Task 1 Review

What information is Writing Task 1 based on?

Data presented as a table, graph (bar or pie chart) or a diagram.

How do you have to express the information?

Concisely and accurately.

Does it matter whether you use an informal style?

You should not use an informal style; you should write in a formal and academic style.

Are grammar, spelling and punctuation tested?

Yes, you should make sure you use a range of grammatical structures and try to be accurate.

How long should you spend on this task?

About 20 minutes.

How many words must you write?

At least 150.

Which parts of the data must you write about?

The most important or noticeable features, trends or points.

Should you make comparisons?

Yes, when appropriate.

What should you draw attention to and interpret?

Features of the data.

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The table below gives information about student enrolments at Manchester University in 1937, 1967 and 2017.

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

Write at least 150 words.

IELTS Writing Task 1

Model answer

In the table we can see information about the numbers of students enrolling at Manchester University in the three years, 1937, 1967 and 2017. It compares the percentages of females and males, and also students from abroad and those from within 40 miles of the city.

The most noticeable changes concern the overall growth of student numbers, from 327 in 1937 to 6254 in 2017, and the proportions of local students, who constituted 55% of the total in 1937, but only 1-2% in 2017.

It is surprising to note that the percentage of female enrolments did not rise steadily, but dropped between 1937 and 1967. However, at the same time, the percentage of the student population who came from abroad remained almost unchanged between 1937 and 1967, being 6% and 7% respectively, but rose markedly after that, so that by 2017 foreign students represented 32% of the total.

(150 words)