Academic Writing Sample Task 1 #62

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The chart shows the division of household tasks by gender in Great Britain.

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

Write at least 150 words.

IELTS Writing Task 1 Source: Office for National Statistics on behalf of the Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office.

Study these three sentences and then write three similar sentences about other parts of the chart.

1Women spend over twice as much time doing kitchen tasks as men.

2Men spend 30 minutes a day doing kitchen tasks whereas / while women spend 74 minutes a day.

3Women are more active in the kitchen than men (74 minutes a day for women as opposed to 30 minutes for men).

Sample Report

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The chart shows the average number of minutes per day men and women in Great Britain spend on jobs around the house.

In total, men spend just two-and-a-half hours on household tasks whereas women spend slightly than four hours. Women spend more than as much time doing kitchen tasks such as cooking and washing up men (74 minutes for women as opposed 30 minutes for men. Women are also more active in cleaning the house- it takes 58 minutes of their day compared 13 minutes for men - and childcare, where women put in more than twice as time as men.

On the other hand, men are active in gardening and pet care, where they spend twice as as women, and maintenance and DIY, on which they spend 15 minutes more women. Women account for almost all the time spent on washing and ironing clothes. This takes them 25 minutes, men spend just 2 minutes on this task.

Overall the figures show that women spend more time on routine domestic chores than men, men do more household maintenance, gardening and pet care.

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