IELTS Writing Task 1 #179

IELTS Writing Marking

  • Task Achievement (Task 1)
    • Have you satisfied all the requirements of the task?
    • Have you presented a clear, accurate and relevant description of the information?
  • Task Response (Task 2)
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    • Have you developed and supported relevant ideas and arguments, and made your position clear?
  • Coherence and Cohesion (Tasks 1 & 2)
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    • Is your grammar and punctuation reasonably accurate?

The overall result is translated into a score on the IELTS nine-band scale.

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The graph below shows the percentage of part-time workers in each country of the United Kingdom in 1980 and 2010.

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

Write at least 150 words.

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Model answer

The bar chart shows the percentage of people who have part-time jobs in the countries that make up the United Kingdom, both in 1980 and in 2010. There'has generally been a small increase in part-time workers from 1980 to 2010, except in Northern Ireland. The graph also shows that England and Wales have far more part-time workers than Northern Ireland and Scotland.

In 1980, 25% of people in England worked part time. The only country with a greater percentage of part-time workers was Wales, with around 33% working part time. Both countries saw an increase in the percentage of people working part time in 2010. In England, the percentage rose to over 30% and in Wales percentage rose to just over 35%.

Scotland had the smallest percentage of part-time workers in 1980, with just over ten per cent. However, this rose to almost 20% in 2010 which is a large increase. Lastly, Northern Ireland was the only country which had a decreasing percentage of part-time workers. In 1980, it had around 15% of people in part-time work. This decreased by a couple of per cent in 2010.

(187 words)