IELTS Writing Task 1: Pie Chart Model Score 9

How to compare two pie charts in IELTS writing task 1. This sample answer illustrates the method of organising the report as well as useful language and sentence structures to get a band score 9.

The pie charts below show the comparison of different kinds of energy production of France in two years.

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Pie Chart Sample Answer

The two pie charts illustrate the proportion of five types of energy production in France in 1995 and 2005. 

Overall, in both years, the most significant sources of energy  were gas and coal, which together accounted for over half the production of energy, while nuclear and other kinds of energy sources generated the least amount of energy in France. In all types of energy production there was only minimal change over the 10 year period.

Energy produced by coal comprised of 29.80% in the first year and this showed only a very slight increase of about a mere 1 % to 30.9% in 2005. Likewise, in 1995, gas generated 29.63% which rose marginally to 30.1% 10 years later.

With regards to the remaining methods of producing energy, there was an approximate 5% growth in production from both nuclear power and other sources to 10.10% and 9.10% respectively. Petrol, on the other hand, was the only source of energy which decreased in production from 29.27% in 1995 to around a fifth (19.55%) in 2005.

Pie Chart Tips

  • Always highlight the largest and smallest proportions
  • If there are two pie charts in different time periods, then you must highlight the key changes / trends
  • Use pie chart language – accounts for / comprises of / represents
  • The phrase “Units are measured in …” should be used when the units have not been stated in the previous sentence.

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IELTS Writing Task 1 Diagram Structure & Organisation

You must organise your diagram into logical paragraphs for writing task 1. Most IELTS diagrams show a type of process which is divided into stages or given as a cycle.

Organisation and structure  is important for the criteria of coherence and cohesion which accounts for 25% of your marks. Look at the process below and then answer the questions.



  1. How many paragraphs would you have in your report?
  2. What information would you put in each paragraph?

1. There should be 4 paragraphs for this report.

2. You should put the following information in each paragraph:
Introduction: You need to introduce the content of the diagram (the process of the water cycle).
Overview: Put the key stages in this statement (a continual cycle of evaporation, cloud formation, rain and water returning to the sea).
For the body paragraphs, you need to describe each stage in detail using full sentences linked together. You should divide the stages into two paragraphs:
Body paragraph A: Water in the ocean, evaporation, condensing water vapour and cloud formation.
Body Paragraph B: Precipitation, rain or snow, lakes, surface run off, ground water, impervious layer and salt water intrusion. You also need to note that at the water cycle starts again as the water returns to the ocean.


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IELTS Diagram Introduction and Overview Model

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IELTS Writing Task 1: Introduction Errors

Look at the graph and introduction below. Then answer the questions.



The graph give the information about the number of computer ownership by education level in two different years.

1. How many mistakes are there in the introduction above?

2. How would you write the introduction?

  1. The graph = The bar chart
  2. give = gives (s)
  3. gives the information about = don’t need “the”
  4. the number  of = the percentage / proportion of
  5. computer ownership by education level = copied from graph
  6. in two different years = should give dates

Model Introduction

The bar chart gives information about the proportion of people who owned a computer from five different levels of education in two years (2002 and 2010).

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IELTS Writing Answer Sheet: Video Tutorial

Practice using the official IELTS writing answer sheet before your test. Learn how the examiner uses the paper to record your band score and what extra information is contained on it. This lesson also explains how to fill in the answer sheet and how to use it effectively to estimated your word count.

Below is a link to download the answer sheet so you can practice writing on it before your test. Any student taking the IELTS test for the first time, should watch this lesson. Click link to download the official IELTS writing answer sheet .ielts-writing-answer-sheet


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Writing Task 2 Video Lesson: How to write an introduction


hello in this lesson we’re
going to look

at the official writing paper

that you will use to write your

writing task one report and

your writing task 2 essay in the IELTS

test this is the official

IELTS paper here and I will explain to you

in this lesson why you need to practice

writing with this this paper

and how you need to fill it in when you
have your test

so let’s have a look at why it’s

to practice writing using the

answer sheet the main reason

to practice writing using this
writing paper

is mainly because of the word count: now

in the test for writing task 1 you need
to write

150 words or above you shouldn’t

write under a 150 words

now the examiner is I going to check

how many what you’ve written and in the

you don’t have time to sit

and count how many what you have written

but what you can do is you can

download this paper I will give you a

at the end of the lesson you can
download the official writing paper

and you can practice writing on this

and when you practice writing you’ll
see how

big the paper is and more or less how
many words

you will write for your writing on
each line

you can also start checking

how many lines and how much space

you usually take to write 150 words

and that will save you a lot of time and
lot of worry

when you’re in the exam and of course another

that you may need to practice

with this paper and practice your

a lot of students are typing on a

rather than handwriting but in the test

you need to use a pen and paper so

what you need to do is practice make

that you do not go over the lines

keep your handwriting clear

and easy to read if the examiner cannot

what you write you can’t get a very good
band score

and of course just avoid any surprises

now let’s have a look at how to fill

in this writing paper at the top

of the answer sheet you’ve got some

information that you need to fill in at
the start of your test

and the information is your candidate

your candidate number the center

now this information you will be given

when you go to your IELTS test center you
also have to fill in

the date so don’t forget that but a very
important part

is this and this is just above

the beginning of the writing paper
we’ve got

two boxes and we’ve got academic or

and that means which IELTS test

are you taking there are two IELTS test

for writing there’s the academic writing

and the general writing paper and you
need to

tick and choose which one you’re doing

so for example be academic

after that you’ve got the writing the

down here that we have an area

where the examiner can write some
comments down there

and information over the back we’ve got
more lines

and at the bottom here this is where

examiner is going to write in your
band score

the examiner has 4 criteria

now we’ve got task one task two

these are the four criteria we’ve got

task achievement or task response
coherence and cohesion

lexical resource and grammar

this is your information and you ideas
your answer

this is your structure and your

your vocabulary and your grammar and the
examiner will write

a band score for each one

after that you will get a complete band

for your whole writing test

and at the side here there is some
more information

that the examiner it going to write down

and you can see this is the information
that the examiner

is going to check the first one is

under length so that means a number words
the examiner will check how many words
you’ve got

if you are under the word count:

so you’ve written less than a hundred
and fifty for task one

or less than 250 for task two

and also he will make note if

you are going to have a penalty a

for having too few words

also the examiner will check if your
writing is

off topic and that mean it

is irrelevant and not following the

also if you have any memorized

answers in your writing any memorised

now I know there are some teachers that
tell you

to memorized a piece of writing for
example a paragraph

don’t do it the examiner will check

to see if there is something memorized

in you’re writing and of course the
examiner will

also check if your handwriting can be

if your handwriting isn’t clear that’s a

and maybe a reason for a very low band

so I think it’s really worth you

downloading this writing paper

and practicing and just having a
look at the information that on there

so here it is a link so that you can

this answer sheet and if you would like

anymore IELTS lessons then please

just follow this link here and you will
be able to get some more

writing task 1 and writing task 2 lessons

well that’s all for this lesson I’ll
see you

in another IELTS lesson


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IELTS Writing Task 1: Bar Chart

A free video lesson on an IELTS writing task 1 bar chart.

Describing a Bar Chart Step by Step


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IELTS Bar Chart Sample Answer

Below is a band score 9 sample answer for an IELTS  bar chart in writing task 1. Below the model is a link to a video lesson about how to describe an IELTS bar chart. Watch the video to learn essential tips for each paragraph for a high score bar chart.

IELTS bar chart

The bar chart illustrates how many children, divided by gender, played six kinds of sports (tennis, badminton, cycling, swimming, football and hockey) in a town in England in 2012.

Overall, the number of  boys playing sport exceeded that of girls in the given period and the sport with the most significant difference between the genders was football. Football was also the most popular sport for boys while the majority of girls preferred swimming. Furthermore, both males and females least preferred playing hockey.

There were four sports in which boys participated more than girls. While 60 boys played football, the number of girls playing that sport was considerably lower (around 20).  With regards to tennis, the figure for boys who played that sport was 50 as opposed to just under 40 for girls. Similarly, more boys cycled than girls (approximately 35and 20 respectively). The difference, in terms of hockey, was minimal with only about 5 more boys playing that sport than girls.

On the other hand, more girls took part in the two remaining sports which both showed a difference of about 10 between the genders. As many as 50 girls preferred swimming in comparison to 40 girls for badminton.

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IELTS Writing Task 1: Line graph 4 main sentences

Learn how to make 4 different complex sentences for a line graph report. It is important to show the examiner that you can make a range of complex sentence structures.

It’s not difficult. You can easily improve your range of complex sentences.



Hello in this lesson I’m going to show you
how to write

different complex sentences for

a line graph report in IELTS writing
task 1

it’s very important when you write

your body paragraphs for your

IELTS task 1 that you have a range

of different complex sentences to show
the examiner

now in a previous lesson

I showed you how to write a sentence

similar to this if you haven’t watched

lesson please watch it is very important
that you understand how to make

the sentence so what I’m going to do is
I’m gonna take this sentence

the same information and change

the order so that we have different

let’s have a look at the sentence first

the number of people becoming a vegetarian

that is our subject it’s quite long

after the subject we’ve got the verb

and if you look at the dates you can see
that it is

the past tense after the verb we need to

described the movement and that

is we say its increased steadily

so that’s our adverb after that

we had the numbers and after the numbers

we had that date so let’s

change that a little bit and write the
sentence in a different way

well one way we could change as we could
start with the dates

so between 2004

and 2007

the number

of people

we say becoming vegetarian increased

steadily from

about 75

to 200 I’ll stop there often when
we put the date first

we have a comma after that

and then we have the number of people

so that’s one way to change it now

there are more ways let’s have a look at
another way

the next way I’m gonna show you to
change that

is can you see this word here increased

now that’s a verb but

we could also use it as a noun an

increase so I’m gonna write a sentence

this word as a noun to do that we need
to start with

there was an increase

okay we always start with there was if it
past tense of course

so there was and lets

stop for a minute because here we’ve got

the word steadily which is an adverb

now we still want to use that word

but because this will be a noun we need
to use this

as an adjective so

if we have an adjective it usually comes

before the noun so that means we need to
change the order

and the form of the word so there was

a steady

increase so

again very important remember if it’s
a verb you have the adverb

afterwards if it’s a noun

you have adjective in front and
we change from steadily

to steady so there was a steady increase

now we need to give this information

but to do that we need to use a
preposition first

and the preposition is

in so there was

a steady increase in the number

of people

we could say becoming vegetarian

if we want to develop that so we’ve got

now we need the numbers

from about 75

to 200 and what’s missing

well the dates are missing

got between 2004

sorry 2004

and 2007

so that is another way to structure

your sentence and still give

all the information we need with the

and the dates now there;s one more way

that I’d like to show you so let’s have a

so the last way I’m gonna show you in
this lesson

is again to use this as

an noun but we changed the sentence

again so the number of

people becoming


experienced a steady


so with this sentence we’ve got the verb

the number experience the figure

we could also say witnessed after the

verb we’ve got the noun a steady

adjective a steady increase

and we got a steady increase

from about 75

to 200

between 2004

and 2007

so now we’ve added the numbers

and the dates well those are the 4

main complex sentences you can use

when you write your line graph report

writing task 1 there are other
sentences we can use but they are the


main ones that you need to practice and

perfect which means write without

too many mistakes remember the more mistakes you

lower your band score will be

so please practice writing those
sentence structures

well that’s all for this lesson I
hope that was useful for you

please remember to press like or share it
with your friends

if it was useful well I’ll see you

in another IELTS lesson


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IELTS Graph Tutorial: Writing a Complex Sentence

Learn how to write a complex sentence for an IELTS line graph. It is common to be given a line graph to describe the main trends of the lines. This video tutorial shows you step by step how to write a complex sentence structure of over 25 words.

If you are aiming for band score 6 or above, you need to use complex sentences for your line graph description. This lesson will help you learn what information to put in your complex sentence. The complex sentence in this lesson is typical of a sentence used in a body paragraph. Transcript

Hello in this lesson, I’m gonna show you how to write complex sentence for a line graph. I’m gonna show you that it not so difficult you can easily write a long sentence with at least 25 words in it. Now this is the graph we’re going
to use this is typical for IELTS writing task 1. Next to the line graph you can see there is some writing. This writing is a description of the graph and IELTS will always give you this description. You need to read it carefully because it contains all the information you need to know about the graph. Lets have a look… the graph shows  To read more of the transcript, click here

Sentence Content

  • subject
  • verb
  • adverb
  • difference of amounts
  • numbers
  • dates

All sentences in the body paragraphs should be complex and must be supported by data. This means the sentences must have numbers and dates if you wish to get a high score.

IELTS Video: How to Write a Complex Sentence

How to form a complex sentence structure for IELTS writing task 1 line graph.



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