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IELTS Model Answer Bar Chart October 2018

IELTS bar chart model answer for writing task 1 October 2018

This bar chart appeared in IELTS writing task 1 this month. The model answer below will help you understand how to organise your ideas and support your statements with data. Also check the 10 useful tips below to help you understand the model answer better.

You can download the bar chart above here: IELTS Writing task 1 October 2018

IELTS Model Answer Writing Task 1 Oct 2018

The bar chart illustrates the proportion of women, men and children consuming five servings of fruit and vegetables each day in 8 years from 2001 to 2008 in the UK.

Overall, it can be seen that the highest percentage of all people consuming fruit and vegetables was women, while children consistently accounted for the lowest proportion. Furthermore, a significant increase in the proportion of people eating these food items can be seen over the period given.

The percentage of women who ate fruit and vegetables started at just over 20% in 2001. This figure then rose steadily to reach a peak of almost 35% in 2006, before falling slightly to 30% in the final year.

In terms of men and children eating fruit and vegetables, the rate remained relatively stable in the first three years (about 17% and 12% respectively). From this point, the proportion of men climbed gradually to peak at about 27% in both 2006 and 2007, after which it dropped to about 26%. A similar growth in the figure for children was evident reaching 25% in 2007 and around 24% in the final year.

Tips for Analysing the Model Answer:

  1. Paraphrasing does not need to be complicated. Not all words can be changed all the time. Choose which words you will and won’t change. Trying to paraphrase too often will result in too many errors and a lower score.
  2. Highlight highs, lows and trends in your overview where possible.
  3. Make sure statements in your body paragraph are supported by data.
  4. Make sure paragraphs are easy to see.
  5. Remember this is a report, not an essay
  6. Look at the logical organisation of information in the model answer above. It is easy to read and not confusing. If your report is confusing to read because you jump about with information, it is a bad report. All reports should be logical and clear.
  7. Check the linking words used.
  8. Note the variation in sentence structures.
  9. Don’t overload your report with too many small details – be selective.
  10. Aim for around 170-190 words. This model answer is 184 words in length. You do not need to write your word count on your test paper.

I hope you found this useful. For more tips and lessons, go to the RED BAR at the top of the website and see the relevant section of the test.

Please note, GT candidates have a letter in task 1 and nothing else.

All the best





  1. Hey Liz, thanks for all your lessons.

    One question regarding the sample essay: Is it okay to write what might come off as an educated estimate? For example, consider numbers 12% and 17% as the consumption details of men and children. Is it alright or should we just say “a little over 10%” for 12% and so on? By doing this, we only would have used the numbers labelled in the graph(the 10% mark on y-axis). Your thoughts?

    • You can describe the number or percentage as you showed. 12% = a little over 10%. But then you must give the actual figure in brackets = a little over 10% (12%). This means for that example is would be a waste of time doing it. But if the percentage was 26%, you could write “just over a quarter (26%)”.

  2. Thanks for your kinds Liz, It useful and really important for me, I got several idea from this practice.

  3. You are a great facilitator Liz, this is the best strategy ever for IELTS Writing task 1.

  4. With due respect and love,
    Highly appreciate your effort and precious time… Stay healthy and blessed mam….
    Warm regards,

  5. Hi liz,
    It helped me a lot to overcome my obstacles in writing skills .
    Thank you

  6. Usama Awan says:

    Thank you so much. You have the best and easiest method for ielts test preparation. Thanks alot.

  7. I had this paper on 27 October, i could not understand how i got 6.5 in writing since it all seemed easy. After seeing your review, i have realised there are many mistakes i made.

  8. It was the same I had in London , October 2018. But it was talking about weekly consumption and about fruits only not with vegetables.


  10. Larysa Movchan says:

    it was very nice to work with. Thanks a lot!

  11. Can I use the same format for writing map report

  12. Thanks alot Liz, this is very helpful

  13. Emad Helal says:

    Thank Liz for your great efforts, but i have such a trivial question:
    gradually climbed or climbed gradually.

    Thanks a million 🙂

  14. Like

  15. Thanks a whole lot ma. I wrote a report and evaluated myself with the provided model answer. It was of very great help. I believe that with the way and method of teaching of yours, I would improve to a large extent in my skills in tackling ielts questions.

  16. Liz, Thank you so much

  17. sarfraz masih says:

    Many thanks

  18. Rosibel Martinez says:

    Dear : Liz,

    Thank so much I appreciated that,

    Best regards,

  19. A lot of thanks miss for guidance

  20. Thank you mam

  21. Is this for a cademic??

  22. u are one of the best teacher in my eyes ,thanx a lot for being a tutor for us

  23. Thanks Liz

  24. hi liz
    do we need to leave a line while starting from a fresh paragrah?

    • There is no fixed rule. However, if the examiners can’t easily see your paragraphs, you will get a lower score. So, leaving an empty line is a good strategy.

  25. First,I’d like to thank you for your a great work.It’s really useful…

    Could you help me for this please?
    Is it correct if I add (The units are measured in percentages) to introduction ?

  26. Anitha M S says:

    Mam quite helpful. My answer shuold be improved a lot. Thanks though

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