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Academic Writing Sample Task 1 #52

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The table below provide information on rental charges and salaries in three areas of London.

Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information shown below.

You should write at least 150 words.

    Weekly rents per property (/w)   Salaries needed (/year)
Notting Hill
Regent's Park
1 bed 2 bed 3 bed
375 485 738
325 450 650
215 390 600
1 bed 2 bed 3 bed
98,500 127,500 194,000
85,500 118,000 170,500
56,500 102,500 157,500

Model answer

The table shows two sets of related information: the relative cost, in pounds, of renting a property with one, two or three bedrooms in three different suburbs of London and an indication of the kind of annual salary you would need to be earning to rent in these areas.

Of the three areas mentioned, Notting Hill is the most expensive with weekly rents starting at 375 (salary approximately 100,000) and rising to 738 per week for a 3-bedroom property. To afford this, you would require a salary in the region of 200,000 per annum. Alternatively, Fulham is the cheapest area shown with rents ranging from 215 per week for a one bedroom property to 600 per week for a 3-bedroom property. To rent in this area, salaries need to be somewhere between 85,000 and 170,000 depending on the number of bedrooms required. For those able to pay in the middle price range for accommodation, Regent's Park might be a more suitable district.

(163 words)