IELTS Task 1 graphs

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IELTS Task 1 graphs

Before you can begin Task I, you have to look carefully at what is being represented. Remember that not every graph is talking about percentages!
It is very common for points to be lost for simply not understanding the information given in the graph, table or chart, so make sure you are sure what it being measured.
Look at the sentences  below and the graph that follows. Only one sentence is correct. Which one? What is wrong with the other sentences?

  1. In China, slightly more than 61% of men live longer than women
  2. According to the graph, all women live longer than men.
  3. There are more men in Thailand than in Myanmar.
  4. The graph shows that in these six countries, women generally live longer than men.

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Click here to see the correct answer.


The only accurate sentence is Number 4 – women generally live longer than men.
In sentence 1, the average life expectancy of men is 61 years of age – there are no percentages in the graph
In sentence 2, the statement says that ALL women live longer than men, but this is not necessarily true – it is only the average life expectancy, not every woman.
Sentence 3 refers to more men in Thailand compared to Myanmar , but no information is given in the graph about the number of people in any of the countries.


Step 1: Look at the graph and make sure you understand what is being presented

Look at the graph below and answer the three questions below

a Is the graph about people or houses? Click here to see the correct answer.

The graph refers to people
b What do the numbers along the horizontal axis represent? Click here to see the correct answer.
Years over a 20 year period
c What do the numbers along the vertical axis represent? Click here to see the correct answer.
Number of people (homeowners) in 1000s
In the next post, we will be looking at describing trends and the range of vocabulary you need to use to get a good result.
 

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