IELTS Model Bar Chart Band Score 9

Below is a model answer for an IELTS bar chart in writing task 1 of the academic paper. This model answer comes from the video tutorial below:

Free Video Tutorial:  How to Describe an IELTS bar chart

Bar Chart Model

IELTS Bar Chart Sample Answer

The chart illustrates the amount of money spent on five consumer goods (cars, computers, books, perfume and cameras) in France and the UK in 2010. Units are measured in pounds sterling.

Overall, the UK spent more money on consumer goods than France in the period given. Both the British and the French spent most of their money on cars whereas the least amount of money was spent on perfume in the UK compared to cameras in France. Furthermore, the most significant difference in expenditure between the two countries was on cameras.

In terms of cars, people in the UK spent about £450,000 on this as opposed to the French who spent £400,000. Similarly, the British spent more money on books than the French (around £400,000 and £300,000 respectively). In the UK, expenditure on cameras (just over £350,000) was over double that of France, which was only £150,000.

On the other hand, the amount spent on the remaining goods was higher in France. Above £350,000 was spent by the French on computers which was slightly more than the British who spent exactly £350,000. Neither of the countries spent much on perfume which accounted for £200,000 of expenditure in France but under £150,000 in the UK.

Comments: The report has been organised into logical paragraphs with flexible use of linking. The overview is very clear with key features well highlighted. Accurate data is used to support sentences in the body paragraphs. There is a range of complex structures and vocabulary is use flexibly. This is an estimated band score 9 writing task 1 report for the academic paper.


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  1. Hi Liz you are great IELTS teacher. I have learned a lot from your videos and website. I have on confusion about paragraphs stuff. Do i have to leave a line or space whenever i finish a paragraph or just continue without leaving a space or line ???
    I have my exam in three days looking to hear from you soon.

  2. Hi Liz,
    Thank you so much for the lesson.
    I find out that the word “expenditure” and “the amount of money spent” were used again and again. I can’t think of any other synonym but is it OK to do that to get a high score in the lexical resource.

    • Some words have no paraphrases, some words have one paraphrase. You can’t alter the English language completely.

  3. Sudan Shakya says:

    Hey Liz, I have prepared an answer for IELTS 1 Practice Test 3 Writing Task 1. Could you rate it out of 9?

    The given charts illustrate the British trends in the consumption of fast foods. The bar chart shows the expenditure on three fast foods by various income groups. The line graph depicts the consumption pattern of these fast foods over a period of two decades.

    In general, people spent more on hamburgers than on pizza or fish and chips. except for low income groups which preferred fish and chips. Overall, least expenditure had been made on pizza. Where the expense on hamburgers and pizza decreased with the economic status, fish and chips were mostly invested on by the people of average income group.

    The consumption of pizza and hamburgers had seen a rapid growth through the period of 20 years, 1970 to 1990. Fish and chips was the most consumed fast food till 1982, after which hamburger became more popular. The fish and chips had seen a slight decrease in consumption (from 300 grammes to 220 grammes), whereas the popularity of pizza had escalated, consequently leaving the former being the least consumed fast food in 1990.

    Overall, it can be noted that the expenditure on fast food decreased with the income levels. Among the three categories considered, consumption of hamburgers and pizza had risen whereas fish and chips declined slightly.

  4. I have a major doubt, some of the tutors ask students to write overview statement in the last (i.e. after paragraphs A and B) as opposed to some others who say to write it after the introduction.

    Which is the best way?

  5. Bahaa Ali Hussein says:

    Thank you so much, this is really helpful.

  6. God day!
    I would like to ask if it is okay to use the symbol ~ to denote approximation?
    Also, can I write “Moreover, the leading country spent more than 50% in cameras than the other (approximately £350,000 and £150,000 respectively).

    Thank you!

  7. Hey liz
    The word count is almost 200 in this writing task 1. Is it okay for a good band score ?


    • I am a native speaker and for me this is fine. For students aiming at band 8 or 7, it’s best to have between 160 and 180 words.

  8. Hi liz

    can i use the word ” in general” rather than using “overall” in overview section


  9. Hi,
    Can i write ” Units were measured in…” instead of Units ARE…..?

  10. Aya Mohannad says:

    If there are too many items in a bar chart, like about 8, do we have to list them all??

  11. Dear Liz,
    Writing overview after Introduction will be best or after Body part ?

  12. can i use the words britisher’s, french men, english men??
    does numericals be treated as words

    the chart depicts how much did the two countries the uk and france spent on consumer good’s in 2010.
    overall, the british spent more than the french on cars,books and camera ,where as the french exceeded the later when it comes to spending on computers and perfume.units are in pounds and sterling.
    the data of spending in which the english men were ahead of the french is as follows on cars they spend about 450000,on books that was 400000 and finally on cameras was 350000
    the french were at a mere distance form the british in cars and books where as there was a considerable distance in cameras.
    form the illustration the french were ahead of the english in computers and perfume.the figurative value is as follows on computers their spending was 350000 and perfume was about 200000. English were in a fair distance from the french when it comes to spending on computers as well as perfume.

  13. Ahmed Mahmoud says:

    Dear Mrs. Liz

    Thank you for these useful lessons, regarding the last paragraph, is this sentence correct? (Neither of the countries spent much) of it should be (Neither of the countries spent less)?
    Thank you,

  14. Chithira says:

    Is it OK to write overview after introduction and one or two closing sentences at the end of answer similar to conclusion. ?

  15. Hello ; liz
    i have a very impotant a question about the overview ; if the overview is long is it a problem my overviez is about 7 lines ?
    thank you very much

    • Your overview should contain key features. This means you select a few key features, usually between two or four (more or less). If you provide too much information in your overview, it will lower your score because you are not being selective enough.

  16. David Shah says:

    Hello mam,

    Can I write the overview after the body paragraphs?

  17. Hi liz,

    I enrolled myself to IELTS class in a private institutes but there are very confusing so i decide to study at home by watching your useful videos.

    Thank you so much1

  18. hi thank you its very helpful

  19. Dear Liz,
    Thank you so much for your website. It’s a great help.
    I have one query for academic writing task-1. I’m wondering if we have to mention ” Units are measured in …” in introduction.

    • Often you have already mentioned the units, for example “This chart shows the percentage of…” – in this case, you have already introduced the units. I recommend students to use “Units are measured in …” when it is something that needs introducing and that you haven’t done in your first sentence.

  20. Syed Zayed says:

    Hi Liz,
    Your lectures are really great. I was wondering whether i should use the unit sign (e.g $) or not if not mentioned in the chart. If not, then how should I indicate the currency(dollars or $)?

  21. Stella Laura says:

    Hi Liz,
    Is it ok not to put conclusion in task1? I attended an ielts class and I was taught that the writing task 1 is divided into 3 parts : the intro, the body and the conclusion. Correct me if I am wrong. I don’t want to be confused. Thanks

    • That is incorrect. You must have:

      an intro
      an overview
      1 body paragraph
      2 body paragraph

      IELTS have made it very clear in their band score descriptors that the examiner is looking for an overview in task 1. This is for the criteria of Task Achievement. Failure to present an overview will results in an automatic band 5 in that criterion. Also you must divide the body details into two paragraphs (occasionally three). This is not advise, these are the requirements of a high score in IELTS.

  22. Hi Liz , soon i will test IELTS , this test is very important to me . Unfortunately , i dont have anyone to mark my writing . can you ? plz

  23. Nikhil Rodrigues says:

    Hi Liz,

    Does the examiner penalize if we exceed, say, more than 165 to 170 words for Task 1 IELTS Academic Writing and 265 to 270 words for Task 2 IELTS Academic Writing even if the data presented looks apt?

    Nikhil Rodrigues

    • There is no upper limit for IELTS writing but try not to exceed 200 words in task 1 or 300 words in task 2.

  24. Dear Liz,
    Sorry for not replying to you so late. I have tried to reply you for five times. I am waiting for you check my answer.

    I have made my essay about this bar chart. Please, could you correct it for me and give me the bands core

    “The bar chart gives information on the amount of money spent on consumer goods in 2010 in France and UK. As can be observed from the given data consumer goods are cars, computers, books, perfume and cameras. Units are measured in pounds sterling.

    Overall, there is a significant difference between France and UK for money spending on all consumer goods. Britain consumed far more cars than other any country.

    According to the bar chart, the highest rate of money spent was on cars in the UK at around 450 thousand pounds sterling, compared to above 400 thousand pounds sterling for books in the UK. Both in Britain and France, the amount of money spent on books and cars were nearly the same at about 400 thousand pounds sterling, and similar to computers in France. While, there were almost £350,000 of camera in Britain, only there were £150,000 in France. France consumed four times more books than perfume in the UK. The expenditure of the UK on perfume was the lowest at 140 thousand pounds sterling”

    (175 words)

    Kind regards,


  25. Sajeema Kunhikalanthante Akath says:

    Hi Liz,

    I have wrote my essay on the task you gave above. Can you please suggest what all things I should take care when writing on my essays.

    The bar chart below illustrates the spending of two countries UK and France on the five consumer goods (Cars, Computers, Books, Perfume and Cameras) in the year 2010. Unit measured here is in Pound Sterling.

    Overall, it is clear that UK spend more on cars ,books and cameras than the France which spends more expenditure on Computers and Perfumes in 2010. UK and France spend most of their expenditure on Cars and UK spend least expenditure on perfume while France on Cameras.

    In the year 2010, UK spend 450,000 pound sterlings on cars, whereas France spend 400,000on it. When considering the expenditure on books there is the difference of 100,000 pound sterlings on France than UK’s spending(300,000 and 400,000 respectively). Then the amount spend on camera by UK is 350,000 , whereas France spend its least expenditure on camera which is of 150, 000 only.

    France spend more on Computers and Perfumes compared to UK , in which France spending on computers was more or less between 375,000 pound sterlings while UK was about 350,000, which was a slight difference. The expenditure on Perfume by UK is the least expenditure spend on consumer goods , that is slightly under 150,000 , whereas France spend more on perfumes than UK which is of 200,000 pound sterlings.

    • Sorry I don’t comment on writing. But I will give you a tip. Avoid using “whereas” three times. vary your sentence structure and start grouping information.

  26. Dear Liz,

    I am a bit worried about the graph writing task 1 as an introduction. Please, I need help about that. I am writing my answer on introduction: “the X-axis depicts the spending money habits on consumer goods, and the Y-axis depicts the thousand pounds sterling.” Is it correct? Can I use”the X-axis depicts…, and the Y-axis depicts…”?


    I am writing my answer again: As is observed from the given data consumer goods are cars, computer, books, perfume, and cameras. Is it correct again? Can I use “as is (observed/presented) from the given data”?

    Please, you could correct it for me. Thank you very much for your videos and helpful.

    Kind regards,


  27. Hi Liz

    Please correct me if I’m wrong. I am confused if
    this sentence is correct :
    “Japan and Indonesia were at their highest
    point at slightly above 50% and just under 50%,

    Another question : Is it appropriate to use
    “respectively” when the number is not very
    clear like the sentence above (slightly above 50%
    and just under 50℅) ?


    • Of course you can use the word in this way. It is used to show that the numbers reflect the countries mentioned.

  28. hello mam your model answer is approx 190 words , is exceeding word limit in ielts a problem

    • There is no upper word limit in writing. However, most students should be aiming for between 160 words and 180 words in task 1.

  29. Is that ok to describe details in ( )? Isn’t the mark going to be got taken off?

  30. Hi, I’m confused. My teacher never spoke to me about the overview, which sounds like a conclusion to me. Is it okay if I write this overview as a conclusion at the end of the text; or would you say it is better to write it as a second paragraph?
    Thank you so much for your videos, they are extremely helpful 🙂

    • A conclusion is a paragraph which restates the main points. It repeats information given in the essay. Task 1 is not an essay, it is a report. The report is short and no information should be repeated. The examiner is looking for a conclusion in task 2 and an overview in task 1.This is stated in the band score descriptors published by IELTS. The overview contains all key features in one statement. Some people put it at the end of the report and some after the introduction.

  31. Hi Liz,

    Can I use units instead of pounds. For instance 400 units instead of £ 499. For this question it is OK to use £ but in some questions units are long , for example 300 millions of dirham, so can I use only 300 units?

    Thanks. You are doing great job.

  32. Thinn Myat says:

    Thanks a lot for that. And then could u tell me the pie chart, map, diagram and others for writing task 1 like this.

  33. Hi, Liz. Is it possible to write down as €400K instead of €400,000? Thanks in advance.

  34. Anil Shrestha says:

    Hi Liz,

    If the date is not given in the question then which tense to use past or present to write the report?

  35. Thank you Ms. Liz. I really appreciate your effort

  36. Good morning Liz!
    Thank you very much for your lessons and your help.
    I have a question I’d like to ask you. If the graph doesn’t provide a specific year or time period which is the best tense to describe it?
    Thank you in advance

    • If not dates are given, you use the present tense.

      • Mukhammadyusuf says:

        Hi Liz!
        This report has written on your practice bar chart 1.
        Will i be able yo get 6 or higher for this report?
        The given bar chart highlights data about the reasons for taking trip by car between opposite gender drivers on eight items in 2005.

        Overall, what stands out from the graph is that,both males and females spent majority of their time on the way of work whereas visiting town was the least common activitie among women as opposed to bank amongst the men.

        In terms of shopping,just under 20%of women went to there compared to men with 10%.Similarly,females spent most part of their trip on other four activities(course,bank,running and visiting friends)than males with avarage percentage of 10 and 5 respectively .

        On the other hand,men spent higher than women on three purpose.Visiting town and recreation were almost similar with about 4 among females and around 10 amongst males.With regards to work, both women and men used their time on going work with almost 40% and just under 50% respectively.

        • Hi Liz,
          Can I use continuous when describing graph?
          For example:
          Next change has been going down into the valley, until 1999, where was counted 100.000 graduates.
          Thanks 🙂

          • Don’t be creative with your writing in IELTS. Forget valleys. If you want to say there was a steady decrease, then say exactly that. Use appropriate language at all times.

  37. your page has been of great help. Thank You

  38. John Marco Cinchez says:

    Hi, Liz. How are you? I was just wondering if instead of having an overview, I’ll right paragraph A and B right away after the introduction and make the overview a conclusion. Is having an overview better than having a conclusion?

    • The examiner is looking for an overview in task 1 and a conclusion in task 2. A conclusion is a paragraph which repeats the main points in brief. But in task 1 the overview is a paragraph where you collect the main features for the first time together. You can put the overview after the intro or at the end. But never forget to write it – don’t miss it. It is the most important paragraph in task 1.

  39. Aeron James Alvero says:

    Hello Liz, i just like to say that this blog is so useful. It aides us who aspire to acquire a high grade on the IELTS exam. I am very much grateful that you’ve created this incredibly stupendous piece of information for IELTS candidates. More power to your blog. Thanks a bunch. =)

  40. Why there is “the” before UK but not before France?

  41. Varun Thoonoli says:

    Hello Liz,

    Thank You very much for the videos. It is being much more easier for us to learn, keeping in mind the key points for preparation.

    Could you please check and let me know if the following essay is ok? It is an essay from your sample questions provided in Writing Task 1 – Bar Chart 5.


    The bar graph illustrates the worldwide sale of four digital gaming categories(mobile phone, online, console and handheld games) between 2000 and 2006. Units used to represent sales is given in dollars.

    Overall, the sales income for handheld gaming was most throughout the span of 6 years, constituting most of the sales in the gaming platform, when compared to other gaming methods. Also, it can be observed that the sales of online games began in 2001, while for mobile phone gaming it began in 2002.

    The handheld gaming industry grew up its sales impressively over the years. In 2000, it sold around $11 billion and in 2006, sales increased to approximately $18 billion. On the other hand, the console games had a decrease in its sales between 2000 and 2006 ($6 billion to $3 billion respectively).

    Also, the graph clearly shows that even though online and mobile phone gaming came at a later stage starting off with minimal returns, these had tremendous sales in 2006 when compared to 2002. The sales in 2002 circled around $2 billion, which increased to an approximate estimation of $7 billion for mobile phone games and $10 billion for online gaming.

  42. hii liz
    I want to know that can we writen overview in conclusion?

    • The overview is the only paragraph you need rather than a conclusion. You can put it after the introduction or at the end of the report.

  43. interesting

  44. Haider Hazim says:

    Hi Liz, that was a productive lesson actually, but I am having one doubt. Shouldn’t the overview be as a conclusion of the Task? For instance,
    1. INTRO
    2. BODY (1)
    3. BODY (2)

    And thank you

    Yours Sincerely

  45. Hi Liz,
    I’ve found your blog exclusively beneficial. Since I have been following your site, I found my improvement gradually…….I am writing from Dhaka the capital city of Bangladesh that you might never heard about…..but there are thousands of followers of your website from this mini country. You are doing a tremendous job for those who are rigorously trying to do better in their IELTS exam

    • I’m really pleased to hear that you find my website useful. It’s a great pleasure to me to know that people around the world can benefit from my site. Yes, I’ve certainly heard of Dhaka and watched a lovely program about it – Bangladesh looks like a gorgeous country that is developing fast with plenty of determined, positive people driving it forward 🙂

  46. Chandan Chan says:

    Can I write Task 1 and Task 2 using pencil in the examination, to avoid striking of words?

  47. akul khera says:


  48. Hi,

    Can I say in the first paragraph : ” Units are measured in pounds sterling” ?

  49. hi liza i want to knowmore about writting task2 will u please help me
    thanks in advance

  50. Hi Liz
    I have a question about organization .. should I leave a space at the beginning of each paragraph ?

    • No, you don’t need to indent. Just leave one empty line between paragraphs so that it’s easy for the examiner to see them.

  51. Hi liz,
    I have a little bit confution in writing task 1 and i also confused in use of symbols such kind coma, semicolon and double inverted coma. So, please let know about these. I also watched your video but also i am confused about these.

    Thank you.

  52. Girassoll says:

    Hi Liz,

    I can use a method to write the structures of task 1.
    For instance
    – Introduction – The most – The least – Comparison and Overall? This can be a method for Bar, pie charts Line and table?

    Thank you very much.

  53. Harmandeep says:

    It is so kind of you that you take out time to address most of the questions asked from you. Mam your attitude is exceptional.

  54. hello liz,
    i have an doubt
    is that not neccesary to write an conclusion in task 1.As so many says to write conclusion

  55. Hello Liz!
    I`ve read an article, where a 9-band Writting task 1 contained a conclusion.
    Is it nesessary to write it or something like that? Or conversely, is it better not to put this paragraph?
    Thanks in advance 🙂

  56. hi Liz,

    i have been advised by online IELTS correction website , that i should have my overview combined with Introduction . This is what they say ” move your overall trend from separate paragraph into one paragraph dedicated to introduction “. Do you agree with this?
    I have learned most writing formats from your website , which i am thankful of. Please, advise as i am not sure of competence of online essay correction service.

    • You can put your overview with the introduction or after the introduction as a separate paragraph. Alternatively you can put it at the end. It makes no difference to your score.

  57. Hello Liz, I just started studying ielts, and your videos and tips are really helpful.
    I have a question on writing task 1.
    While I’m writing introduction and overview, should I write all verbs in present tense?

    • The introduction is present tense “the graph illustrates” but the overview is in the tense relating to the dates given.

  58. is it an obligation to write overview?

  59. rita chhetri says:

    mam please give me writing task 1 model with answer so that i can write my own answer and later compare with yours

  60. Dear Liz

    isn’t there a conclusion for the report!!!?

  61. Hi mam,
    There is no words to express my thanks…… I really learned a lot things from your blog… First and foremost think is I get rid off from my scare about academic writing task 1….. Your samples are so useful ….thanks u so much dr

  62. Nijat Ahmadli says:

    Dear Liz,

    Thank you for everything, all the materials are very useful.

  63. Bachiter says:

    Hello mam,

    Please gave me some useful tips to solve writing task 1

  64. This querie was bothering me quite a lot. Some people go with. Intro + body + overview while others with the Intro + overview + body…

    Which im your observation tend to get a higher band?

    • The examiner is looking for logically organised information so both options are fine and will not change your score.
      All the best

  65. Shouldn’t I describe all the categories ?

  66. Dear best teacher ever,
    you know when someones has an exam, the mess starts in her mind.
    when I found your videos I felt comfortable and confident.
    I wish you all the best because I am sure you deserve it.
    “Thanks” is not enough.

  67. Thank you so much maam , i have exam on 30jan. but vry confused , your teaching really work on me. Thanks a lot

  68. hello Liz !this is Trina I’m planning to take ukvi this January 23. I know that my weakness is writing and I only have a month to review my IELTS. Your lessons indeed helps me a lot especially correcting my grammar. If you have the time can you please grade my writing task 1? I based this with one of your sample bar graphs . thank you so much :’>

    The bar graph illustrates car trips going to 8 purposes (courses, visiting tow, running errands
    visiting friends, recreation, work and shopping) by men and women in 2005.

    Overall, both men and women had the most car trips going to work. Men had a percentage of 52% going to work, which is 13% higher, compared to 39% than that of women. Furthermore, the most significant difference between two genders was on running errands and going to the bank.

    With regards to recreation, men spent more car trips having leisure time than women (about 11% and 3% respectively). They also spent more time(about 9%) visiting town compared to women ( about 3%).

    On the other hand, women spent more time having car trips on different activities. About 12% was spent by women on courses which is slightly higher than that of men who spent approximately 8%. Neither of the genders spent much time on visiting friends which were only about 9% in females and was over double than that of males (about 4%).

  69. Mam i ask you one thing graph related 2 pie graph explain the different or comparsen is important for improveing the score

  70. Hello Liz,
    Can I writ this in my introduction and overview:
    “The bar chart gives data on sale in the categories cars, computers, books, perfumes and cameras in France and UK in 2010. Units are measured in poundss sterling.
    Overall, it can be seen that the UK spent three times more money(cars, books and cameras) than France. Uk and France spent the most money on cars and the less on perfume.”

    Thank’ s for your help

  71. Hi Liz,

    First, I would like to say that your website is very helpful and it help me to improve my Ielts skill a lot. Thanks!!!

    Could you please explain my sentences on this model writing!
    – For overview: …. as it can be seen clearly that cars were the most popular production in both nations, however, cameras and perfumer were the least common goods in France and the UK, respectively.
    – how many ways to compare higher/lower figure?
    my sentence: + the expenditure of the UK on cars was about 450 000 as opposed to the figure of France was less than by around 50 000.
    + likewise, the UK spent more over 150 000 on books than France.
    ** You wrote the UK and the French, dose it means The UK/ the French residents?
    – Can I write UK/ French residents or UK/ French population spent money on… …?
    I am so confusing about how to write correctly UK in writing, like “the graph shows…. in France and the UK….” and
    “…the number of the UK residents…” , “…13 million of UK residents…” or “…13 million of the UK residents…” (sample of line and bar graph)

    – about MILLION: Number + Million + people/residents/ products…?
    Number +Millions + people/ products….?
    (what is good way)
    Thank so much!

  72. naveen nouman says:


    In the third paragraph, you wrote”in the UK, expenditure on cameras(just over 350000) was over double that of France, which was only 150000″.

    I think this should be written like “in France, expenditure on cameras(just over 350000) was over double that of the UK, which was only 150000” because the more amount spent on cameras by France, not the UK. please explain this? I’m confused. Thank you

    • France didn’t spend 350,000 on cameras. The UK spent 350,000 on cameras. My sentence is correct. Please check your data.
      All the best

  73. Harley Nguyen says:

    Hi Liz.!
    I want to ask you 1 question: how many paragraph in the body? can i write 3 or 4 paragraph?
    Many thanks!!!!

  74. Laxman Devkota says:

    Hi Liz,
    I stopped at your Blog while searching the Ielts online practice materials and just following. My Ielts test is dated on 21 November 2015. Lets see how I can convert your materials into my band scores. Definitely, I will practice all the contents of your Blog. Any advise from you is highly appreciated. My requirement is 7 in each band.
    Thank you.

  75. Hoang Long says:

    Dear Ms Liz,
    I’ve been confused this sentence, would you explain to me, please?
    ” Neither of countries countries spent much on perfume which accounted for 200,000 of expenditure in France but under 150,000 in UK”.
    I don’t understand why we have two words ” countries” in this one.
    In other words, Could I write that
    ” Neither of countries, countries spent much on perfume which accounted for 200,000 of expenditure in France but under 150,000 in UK” .
    Thanks Ms

  76. hello dear Liz. following is a writing task 1 practice in your website. i am having a hard time to paraphrase it. ( bar chart below shows the estimated percentage of car trips taken by drivers in 2005) i paraphrased the sentence above. ( the bar chart underneath illustrates the analysed portion of vehicle expeditions by drivers during the year 2005) can you give some on it please?

  77. Hello liz,is it a good idea to use brackets in task 1wrting or it is an eyesore to the examiner,,,thank u

  78. can we write “Who was spent” instead of “who spent”???

  79. Hello
    Thank you very much for your great effort
    my question is what should I write( 40% of the income” was spent or “were” spent on food),($500 was spent or were spent).
    Thank you very much for your valuable advice.

  80. Thank you so much for the service provide by you for IELTS students. You have use the words “British and French” in your model essay. However, in the question they did not say that the amount spent by Citizens of those countries. There might be a possibility that others (Expats) also consumed these items in those countries. It may be the silly question that I am asking you… But I just want to know whether we can slightly go out from the question (if it is not material)???

    • It’s a very good question. You are right that this chart is about countries not the nationality of the people living in the country. However, it is quite normal in the English language, when we talk or write about a country, we also talk about the nation as a whole using the nationality. In all history books we talk about the war between Germany and Britain as well as between the Germans and the British. That would include people of other nationalities living in those countries at the time. So, it’s fine to use the nationality in writing task 1.
      All the best

  81. hi Liz,
    thank you for your sample answers. May I say “the unites are measured in percentage” ?

    thank you for your advice.

    • You could mention that information if you wish but it isn’t necessary because all numbers will be written using the % symbol. Don’t forget that units has no “e”.

  82. I think your simple essay is really useful but it seems to me that this essay is too long and i confuse that we hard complete it in 20 minutes.

    • Most writing task 1 should be between 170 and 190 words. Band score 9 students often hit around 200 but writing more does actually mean a higher score. It’s just that their sentences may be longer and more complex. But any students aiming for around band score 7 or 8 should aim for 170-190.
      All the best

      • Hi Liz,

        if a student made a task 1 lower than 170 words, does it mean that he or she will not get a 7 or above?

        • The limit is no less than 150 words for writing task 1. There is no other limit.

          • Hi Liz,

            What I mean is can a student get a band score 7 and above if he or she just had a word count had a word count between 150-169. I read one of your comments and you said that students aiming for bands 7 and above should aim for 170-190 words.

            • The word count was a guideline not rules. Your band score is not determined by the number of words you write over the word count.

              • Hi Liz,

                This is one of your comment in one of your students.

                Most writing task 1 should be between 170 and 190 words. Band score 9 students often hit around 200 but writing more does actually mean a higher score. It’s just that their sentences may be longer and more complex. But any students aiming for around band score 7 or 8 should aim for 170-190.
                All the best

                I am aiming for band 7 in writing and I think this is one of the reasons why I cant get the band score I want. I just aim for around 160 words. anyway, I will try to write at around 170 words and 270-290 for writing task 2 to have a band score 7 and up. Thank you.

                • It is a recommendation. It is not a rule in IELTS. It is advice. I can’t predict your score just from the number of words you have written. Your score is calculated using four marking criteria.

  83. Can we give both over view and conclusion?

  84. Hi Liz,

    I just want to ask something, do I have to write over and over again the unit of a number even if it’s long? For example: Million of Cubic Metres.


  85. Deepinder kaur says:

    hello,can we include the figures in the last paragraph of writing task 1?

  86. Dear Ms.Liz,

    I really appreciate your generous contribution to answer our questions, but I got a question: do I have to add an extra paragraph at the end of my task 1 describing the trends in the bar chart and the line graph.

    Thank very much for the helpful and useful lessons,

  87. Hi Liz
    if the question have two bar chart instead of one …so how ??should i compare the pattern of the overall figure of the Bar chart or the most and the least of the amount the bar ….i confuse and can u explain to me how to start the body paragraph ???

    • The overview states the key features of both charts. Unless there is a direct correlation, you don’t need to compare them. Just state key features. Then one body paragraph for each chart (for most double charts).

  88. Hai Liz,can we use expend/invest instead of spent.For example,UK invested more on cars than other consumer goods during the given period.

  89. Harsimran singh says:

    Is it necessary to write conclusion at the end of writing task 1(Academic)?
    I.e. 5 paragraph. ..?

    • There is no conclusion in task 1 only an overview. Please see my video lesson about this on the writing task 1 page.
      All the best

  90. Hi Liz, first of all, I really appreciate all your great work here but I think if I’m going to mention every detail of the chart, my essay words would be more than 150 words with fairly enough number.

    • You MUST write over 150 words. Usually you aim for around 170 words. For such a simple chart, all aspects will be reported.

  91. Dr.Saqib Ali says:

    hello liz mam!
    i am going to take my exam thing to ask is that i heared a local IELTS teacher emphasing on, do not write” illustrate” for bar charts!He said only two options are to write SHOWS & GIVES INFORMATION.
    what do you say?

    • “illustrates” is 100% fine to use and very appropriate. You can’t use “shows” because IELTS have used that verb and you should paraphrase it.

  92. Hi Liz,

    I found your video tutorial and your page very helpful in my IELTS study. I just want to ask that in writing task 1 by writing a report I found a blog that says it doesn’t need to write a conclusion in task 1. Is that alright?

    • The examiner is looking for an overview in task 1 and a conclusion in task 2. You must understand that task 1 is NOT an essay. It is a report which contains no repeated information.
      All the best

  93. Hello Liz. This sample writing task is excellent. However, I just want to clarify this sentence which I think contains a grammatical (perhaps a typo) error.

    In the UK, expenditure on cameras was over double (just over 350,000) that of France, which was only L150,000.

    Shouldn’t it be “over double than France / than that of France”?

    Thanks Liz! 🙂

  94. Hi Liz. You are a wonderful instructor and I have found your videos quite enlightening. I’d like to know how is it possible to keep a check on the numbers of words being used while doing this task and also if we exceed the limit, would it lead to deduction of marks?

  95. Dear Liz,
    I see a lot of word “spend” . Is this ok for band 9

    • Yes. Some words will be repeated. English has a limited not unlimited number of words in its vocabulary.
      All the best

  96. Hi Liz,
    in the last paragraph you repeat the word (countries)

  97. Hi Liz, Can you recommend me some sources of IELTS vocabulary? Or Do I just need to learn vocabulary from the practice tests?
    Thank you

  98. Hello Liz, thank you for your very interesting material.
    I’m preparing my IELTS in an academy as well as studying by myself.
    I’m a little confused with the task 1 writing, my teacher says that at the end of the essay there needs to be necessarily a “In conclusion”, for me to be honest makes more sense with the Overall like it’s being used here. I’m a little confused about this issue. I would really appreaciate if you can clarify this for me.

    • The examiner is looking for a conclusion in task 2 essay and an overview in task 1 report. This is not an opinion, it is information provided by IELTS in the band scores – it is fact. The task 1 overview can be put after the introduction or at the end. But at no time should you be repeating or re-stating information in a conclusion.
      All the best

  99. Dear Liz,

    Is that alright to put figures and names of the goods in brackets in task 1 on exam?

  100. Federico Lardini says:

    Hi Liz,
    i just wanted to ask you a question: can this structure be used even when dealing with two graphs in the same task? I’ve been practicing on the books by IELTS and i came across one of those. Thanks for helping.

  101. can i ask you something ?
    Do all the figures like graph , column, chart , pie chart must be written exactly like that structure ( Introduction , Overview , body paragraph A , B )

    • Yes, the structure is the same. Although the overview can go at the end if you want and it is sometimes possible to have 3 body paragraphs.

  102. Arpit Chouhan says:

    Is there any word limit that we should no exceed more than 150-180 words.
    Is it important to write the conclusion ?

    • There is no conclusion for task 1, only an overview. Please see my video on the main page for information. There is no upper word limit but writing too much usually means you’ve included too much detail which could lower your score.
      All the best

      • sharanjeet singh says:

        Respected madam
        i have benefitted a lot from your work. great thank to you .

        i have one query, some people writes overview at the end but you write it in second para starting with overall. which one is more correct, plz clarifies my doubt

        • Both are fine. But I prefer to put it after the introduction because it is better to read the key features before the smaller detail.

  103. Hi Liz,

    can you please show me an example of how to answer the task 1 writing on the academic ielts paper (0381/2) its about Japanese tourists

  104. Hello, Liz !
    Thank you so much for your classes. It’s definitely helping me a lot.
    I was wondering if there is a difference between chart and graph. Could I write “The graph illustrates…” for this case ?
    My gratitude,

  105. Hi LIz,
    When reporting a table, there are often too many figures. Can I just neglect a category that I consider as not outstanding? For example, I have a table of the sales of coffee shop with 4 categories being listed, can I just describe 3 of them without saying anything about the remaining one?
    When I say “that of coffee’s sales” , the verb is singular based on the word “that” or plural based on “coffee’s sales”?
    And are there any words to replace “sales”? (Can I use “turnover”?)
    I keep repeating that word throughout my report

    • Normally you either select only the key categories to mention if the table has a lot of data or you group categories together ,saying “the sales of X and Y were …”. When you write about sales, you never write “coffee’s sales” you must write in full “sales of coffee”.
      All the best

  106. Hello Liz,

    I’d like to ask one question about this sentence “Above £350,000 was spent by the French on computers which was slightly more than the British who spent £300,000.” in your model answer. Is it okay not to compare £350,000 with the amount of money? In this sentence, it seems that you compare £350,000 with the British (money and people).

    I wrote like this, “Above 350,000 was spent by the French on computers which was slightly more than the amount of money that the British used for it (£300,000).”. Is there no problem to write in those two ways?

    Your website is so helpful to know key points and prepare for IELTS. Thank you for sharing it for free. I’d be more than pleasure if you answer my question.

    Best Regards,


  107. Hello Liz,
    Can I use the sentence units are measured…. for the number of people, or percentage?
    Do I need to compare data among categories? If two charts are given, is it necessary to compare chart 1 with chart 2. Can I compare the data in each chart separately?
    Sorry for asking too many questions! I would have to say that your lessons are inspiring and awesome, you’re so friendly with smiles on your face in every single video.
    Btw I live in Vietnam, hope to see you one day.
    Thank you!

    • No problem to ask questions. You don’t need to mention the units if they just give numbers of people, unless it is measured in millions (a particularly large number or interesting unit).

      Comparing data is probably the biggest issue for students in writing task 1. Students think they need to compare everything all the time. You don’t. Often you don’t even compare, you just report information. If you have two charts, you put the key features of both in one overview paragraph. But the detail for each is put in separate body paragraphs – BP1 = one chart, BP2 = other chart. A good report presents information clearly and logically without confusing the reader.
      All the best

  108. Dear Liz
    i have a question about the structure of sentence ” the least about of money was spent on perfume in the UK compared to the cameras in the France”
    Why we can use “compared” behind “the least… the UK”.
    can you explain for me?
    Thanks so much

  109. Dear Liz,

    I have a question related to writing task 1. My tutor told me that using constructions such as “A glance at the chart provided reveals…” is not a good idea. Similary, I didn’t find such a sentence in your model answers. What do you think about it?
    Yours sincerely,
    Ashraf from Uzbekistan

    • ” A glance …” is not appropriate language for an academic report based on factual information. ” a glance” means a quick look – you are supposed to analyse it not glance at it.
      All the best

  110. Hello Liz,
    please could you confirm by letting me know if i have a larger word count, for example around 200 for task 1 and 300 for task 2 , will that give me a lower band score or not? and what if there is some cutting of words in writing tasks, do examiners cut points for not having a neat presentation overall?
    and can we write our overview at the end of the 2 body paragraphs or is it better to write it after the introduction?
    and lastly if there is alot of information on a graph or chart in task 1, is it necessary to mention all the data or can we just mention the most important and striking points of the graph?

    • I do’t understand “cutting of words”. You will be marked down if the examiner can’t read your writing – that’s all. Writing 200 words for a table or chart which contains a lot of information is acceptable but for a simple chart, it is unnecessary. Putting too much insignificant detail in your task 1, is a problem. This is the same with task 2.

      For information about where to put the overview – please see my page about writing task 1 structure on the writing task 1 page.
      All the best

  111. Is it ok withou conlusion?
    Is overall the same as conclusion?
    Can I write down the overall story at the last paragraph as a conclusion?
    I mean, can I change the order, from overall position to located in the last position?
    Thank you.

    • There is no conclusion for writing task 1. The examiner is looking for an overview in task 1 and a conclusion in task 2. Please check my writing task 1 page to learn more about this. There is a video lesson about the structure and order of paragraphs on that page.
      All the best

  112. Thank you for good information.
    I have a question, can I use ‘When it comes to- ‘ instead of ‘In terms of-‘ ?
    For me these two expression looks same. Can I use it?
    ex. ‘When it comes to cars, – ‘
    Thank you. My test will be soon, this time, I want to get a score more than 6.

    • You shouldn’t use “when it comes to..” in formal writing. Instead, you can use “regarding” or “with regards to”.

  113. Hello Liz Mam,
    I would like to introduced myself its me Saroj Wagle from Nepal. These days I am talking ILETS preparation course at Orbit International Education. Which is nearby the capital of Nepal. Mam, these days I am getting a problem for my ILETS date here in Nepal. British council told me that they will be only available to dates in October. Now, I am planing to move forward in India to get ILETS date. I want to improve my writing as soon as possible! While I was visiting British Council India website there were available date in August 29th, 2015. In order to improvement my writing skills , I have been writing blog.
    I know writing is not easy task to write anything without reasoning.There will be all types of ingredient necessary for a beautiful writing so that reader can feel much more interesting from that. So, i humble requested to you please give me some sorts of guidelines for my ILETS as well as careers too.
    Take care ! Stay safe and warm !!

    • The content of this blog is to help students develop skills for each section of their test. You should do all lessons and read all pages. Also I’ve just opened my store if you wish to purchase a full training video – I only have one on writing task 2 available at present: However, you will also need to work on your level of English. Your writing contains a lot of errors in grammar which will lower your score.
      All the best

  114. Hi, I wrote it twice because I wasn’t sure how it should go, your comment on it shall be highly appreciated, as I only have one chance to sit in IELTS before I give my PLAB in Nov and they require a score of 7.5 overall.

    The chart illustrates the car trips taken for eight routine purposes (courses, visiting town, bank, running errands, visiting friends, recreation, work, and shopping) by both genders in 2005. Units are measured in percentage.
    Overall, women drove more often than men in the above said period. Both men and women drove most often for work. In a nutshell, women took least car trips for visiting town and recreation, whereas, men took least trips to banks, running errands , and visiting friends. Furthermore, the most significant difference in trips between the two genders was going for work.
    With respect to the trips taken for work, 52% of the men drove for work as compared to 39% of the women. Similarly, men drove often for visiting town and recreation (9% and 11%) as opposed to women (2% and 3%) respectively. On the other hand, car trips taken for courses, banks, running errands and visiting friends are 13%, 10%, 8% and 9% for women which are higher than that of men of 8%, 3%, 3% and 4%. Lastly, women took 18% trips for shopping, however, men only took 10%.

  115. Hello Liz,
    I’m glad to be your online student. I do have a question as Zakir (conclusion), but then the after view the band description showing that it already mention in the second paragraph (Overview). Please recorrect if im misunderstood that info.Thank you so much to share knowledge and i hope i will score the best band for the coming Ielts exam.

    • I don’t fully understand your question. Are you asking if there should be a conclusion for writing task 1? You only need to have an overview which contains the key features of the chart, graph, diagram or map.
      All the best

  116. Dimitra says:

    I have a question about the introduction
    Can we use the phase ”Units are measured in pounds sterlings” when in a graph the units are per cent or something else? For instance, Units are measured per cent? In order to avoid repeatition of word per cent in our essay?

    • It is possible to introduce the units as percentage and then use the symbol in your report after that (for example, 50%).

  117. Is “neither countries” fine, or should it take a singular noun ‘country’?

    • Yes, it’s fine to use it for plurals but I’ve add “neither of the countries” to make it clearer.
      All the best

  118. Shanib Bhat says:

    Hi Liz ! I would like to thank you for your tutorials and information on IELTS. I followed most of your tips and useful keywords for essay writing and managed to score 8 band in Writing with overall band of 7.5 ( lost score in IELTS Reading). However, i found your Writing Task little difficult to follow as your vocabulary is more advanced then most of the IELTS students.
    Overall, i would like to thank you again for helping me get my desired score. Also, I wish Reading had better tips and strategies to score high.

  119. Dear, Elizabeth, I would like to say you are the best teacher I’ve ever seen until now, thanks a lots for all your videos. Is very helpful. I will have my Ielts exam very soon. I have a bit of fair but I hope I can pass it,with your lessons,.
    Thanks for all. =)

  120. hello mam,
    i am preparing my ielts on my own.i need someone to evaluate my writing skills.can u help me in that?

  121. The graph illustrates how often (percentage) of drivers of different genders drives to different destination in 2005. In general all drives travel most of their trips to work compared to other destinations and they prefer travelling less for visiting town and bank for females and males respectively.
    The graph also shows that 18% of the women drivers make more trips to shopping than men driver which has only 10%. Also around 12% of the women drivers have more trips to courses than men drivers which have a little as 8%. In the other side men drivers travel less to banking and running Errands which is likely to be 4% for both of them opposite to women drivers who travel less for visiting friends and recreation which are around 3% and 4% respectively.
    Me drivers also prefer trips to recreation which is 12% and visiting towns compared to women drives which have only 4% and 2% respectively.

  122. is it necessary to write conclusion in writing task 1 or not?

  123. Dear Liz,
    I love your videos and they are very useful for me to study for IELTS.
    I di practice pie charts and would like to know if I did it right. But unfortunately I can’t get from anybody a feedback, so I hope to get from you a short feedback.
    I really appreciate your help

    There are three pie charts about dealing with waste in three countries (UK, Korea and UK)

    The pie charts illustrates the methods used to handle waste in UK, Sweden and Republic Korea. In Sweden and Republic of Korea three procedures are used to deal with litter whereas the British use four approaches.
    The major process to treat waste in Korea is recycling (69 %) while the most approached way in Sweden and UK is the burying with 55 % and 82 % respectively.
    Although in Sweden a quarter of the waste is being recycled, in UK the Recycling is not being used at all.
    The third method the incineration is processed in Sweden with a percentage of 20 % but just 9 % in Republic of Korea and an insignificant amount of 2 % in UK.
    Two another common approaches in UK to deal with waste is the chemical treatment and dumping into the sea with 8 % each way.
    Overall in Korea recycling is the most common way to process waste whereas in the remaining two countries the underground method seems to be more popular. On the other hand in all three countries burning up the waste is the least used way to handle garbage.

    Please tell me if the structure is right or not…..

    • I’m not sure I would put each country in a separate paragraph but as I don’t have the pie charts in front of me I can’t say. Putting the overview at the end of the report is fine or you can put it after your introduction. Just make sure you don’t run out of time to write it because it is the most important paragraph.
      All the best

      • Dear Liz,
        thank you very much for your response.
        Regarding the pie charts, there are three so one for each country.
        Is the choice of vocabulary alright ?

  124. Dear Liz Thank you so Much for your time . Here is my second report My aim is 6.5. After 3 days I am having my Exam

    Report is of bar chart 4 in sample page of bar charts .

    The bar chart illustrates estimated sales of jeans of two companies (Mango Co, jack & Jones Co.) in the coming 12 months in Turkey. Units are measured in pairs

    Overall, jeans by Jack & Jones Co are more popular than Mango Co. Jack & Jones got more sales as compare to Mango Co while in the month of December sales of jeans was higher than to remaining eleven months, but in February pairs of jeans sold were few. Whereas, Mango Co got more sales in the month of July and August.

    In terms of Jack & Jones Co, estimated sales of jeans of next year are better than Mango Co. In December jeans sold by Jack & Jones was 900 pairs, but around 600 pairs were sold by Mango Co, which is the highest sale ratio in the whole year, while in the month of August, September, October, Sales of Mango Co Sold around 500 pears.

    On the other hand, Mango co market was good at July and August they sold around 400 and 500 pairs, whereas Jack & Jones Co sold below 400 pairs. Furthermore, in the month of Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May Pairs of jeans sold were less than a pair of jeans sold in July, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec

    • This is not a bar chart of comparison. This is a bar chart that shows change over a period of time. That means you approach it the same way as a line graph and you use the same language as a line graph.
      All the best

  125. Dear Liz, can you please just look over on my report . My aim is 6.6 or above . please if possible give just a random band to this report.

    Report is writen for bar chart 3 .

    The chart illustrates Difference in price of houses in five cities (New York (USA), Madrid (Spain), Tokyo (Japan), Frankfurt (Germany), London (UK)) from 1990 to 2000 And prices in 1989.units are measured in percentage

    Overall, There was a great change in average house price in London (UK) Amount was increased a lot. While in New York and Madrid houses were expensive, but not as much as compared to London. Whereas, in Frankfurt city of
    Germany, there was no big change.

    In term of London (UK), The change in average house price was above -5% in year between 1990-1995 while it was above 10% in year from 1996-2002. change of amount was around 15% . While in newyork prices increased and there was only around 10% difference.

    on the other hand, in three cities out of five (Madrid,Tokyo, Frankfurt) there were no big Madrid (spain) prices increased only around 2% .and in Tokyo change in price was -5% and in frankfurt change in amount was almost same.

    • You really need to check your use of capital letters. There are errors in nearly every sentence which will reduce your score. Also in your overview, you do not clearly highlight which cities saw house prices rise and which decreased. You also don’t highlight which were the highest. Work more on your overview.
      All the best

  126. Hello Liz!

    I find your lessons very helpful. I would be grateful if you could check my answer to the topic below:

    The bar chart below shows the estimated percentage of car trips taken by drivers in 2005.
    (taken from here:

    The bar chart illustrates the proportion of car trips taken by men and women in 2005. Units are measured in percentages.

    Overall, work was the most popular destination for both men and women whereas town was visited by females the least often compared to travelling to banks and running errands, which were rarest for men. Furthermore, both genders travelled similar percentage of car trips.

    In terms of work, men surpassed women within amount of trips taken ( about 52% to nearly 40% respectively). Similarly men were visiting town ( almost 10%) and taking trips for recreational purposes (about 12%) singificantly more as opposed to women ( about 2% and approximately 3% consecutively).

    On the other hand, five from eigth purposes (shopping, visiting friends, running errands, bank and courses) was more frequent travel destinations for women than man,while shopping, which accounted for nearly 20% of total female trips was the third most common route destination on the whole. Moreover, visiting friends was not popular neither for men nor for women, and did not exceeded 10% for both genders.


    • In your introduction, don’t forget that it shows eight reasons for their car trips (introduce the categories – either by name or number). Your overview information is inaccurate – people may travel for work but not necessarily to work. Be very careful how you write things. Otherwise, you have highlighted very well in your overview.

      Grammar: don’t write “men were visiting”, you only need past simple “men visited”. Careful with your language “men surpassed women within amount of trips taken” – do you mean “In terms of work, the proportion of men surpassed that of women”?. If you are not sure that the grammar and language is 100% accurate, it would be better to write more simply to avoid errors. Mistakes will lower your score. “five from eigth purposes” is another mistake in language.

      My advice to you is to learn to produce accurate language and avoid errors. You clearly have good English but you are trying too hard to impress the examiner and using language that it completely wrong. Aim for accuracy and you will do better.
      All the best

      • Thank you so much for such a quick response and advice 🙂

        I think it’s true I tried too much to make an impression.
        You’re right, I meant that proportion of men surpassed that of women.

        I have only one more question regarding “to work” and “for work”. Is work perceived as destination in the sentence really rong? “Work was the most popular destination for both men and women”. How does the correct overview look instead?

        Maybe you could say what would an estimated score for that? I am aiming 6.5.
        Next time I’ll try better.

        Thank you in advance,

        • One more question. Can i say for example ” Five out of ten figures (shopping, etc..) were more frequent travel destinations?


          • These are not destinations – they are reasons that people travel. Don’t complicate the information and don’t complicate your language. “Regarding shopping, almost double the percentage of women (around 17%) travelled for shopping than men (10%).”

            • Yeahia says:

              Dear liz mam,
              A teacher told me to avoid writing “regarding to….” in writing task 1 because it reduces the band score,but i’m confused about it. Please guide me

              • “Regarding” is used without the preposition “to”. You can use “With regard to” or “Regarding” but you can’t have “Regarding to”. Try to avoid grammar errors.

        • You need to understand language. People do something FOR a reason not TO a reason. The preposition is given in the chart description – pay attention to it and follow it.

          All the best

  127. Dildeep Gill says:

    Hi liz,

    While reading the model answer i just counted the words and they were about 210. Do you think it is correct and what is maximum number of words we ca write.


    • There is no upper word limit. Band score 9 students will write more because they are capable of more complex language – this model is band 9. Band score 7.5 and 8 students will probably write about 170 to 200 because they also have good control of English. Most IELTS teachers will tell you, and I agree, to aim for 160 to 180 words. This will allow you to identify key features and give detail without giving irrelevant information or too much inaccurate language.
      All the best

  128. Firas Baqir says:

    Hi Liz,

    I have answered the question before reading the model answer. Can you kindly correct the errors in this answer.
    Best regards

    The bar chart illustrates information about the amount of money which were spent on five consumer goods in the UK and France in 2010.
    Overall, what stands out from the chart is that the expenditures of the UK on cars, books and cameras were much more than France.
    Regarding France expenditures, the spent money on cars and computers were the highest, at £400,000 and around £380,000 respectively. This was twice as popular as perfumes, at 200,000 pounds. Books were in the third place, with £300,000. Lastly, the least popular item was cameras, at 150,000 pounds.
    As regards the UK, cars were also the number-one in the list, at £450,000, exceeding the France by £50,000. Books in the UK were as popular as France, with £400,000 spent on it. The British spent on computers as much as on cameras, at £350,000, this meant that the British spent on cameras twice as much as France. Finally, perfumes were the least popular goods in the UK, with around 150,000 pounds.

  129. Firas Baqir says:

    Hi Liz,
    I would like to know the difference between the following two sentences , which sentence is the best and why.

    The chart illustrates the amount of money spent on five consumer goods.

    The chart illustrates the amount of money (which )were spent on five consumer goods.

    Thanks in advance

    • Grammar. The second sentence should be “The chart illustrates the amount of money which was spent on five consumer goods.” Otherwise, both are fine.

  130. William Cruz says:

    Hi Ms. Liz,
    Do you have any other sample writings?i watched all your videos on youtube and its very helpful. I have a problem on describing a pie chart and comparing pie chart to diagram/ tables. thanks

  131. HI LIZ
    Can you tall me if important to write conclusion in task 1.

  132. Dear Liz,

    The words in this report have crossed approximately 210 I guess. Is it even possible to write high band Task 1 with 160 or 170 words? Moreover, this bar chart has less number of bars, what if there is a question with 10 or 9 bars?

    • Hi,

      There are 201 words in this report. Teachers usually advice students to aim for between 160 and 180 because otherwise they will focus on too much detail or make too many mistakes with their grammar and vocabulary. However, it is fine to have around 200. If you have a complex bar chart with many columns, you will need to spend time organising and grouping information together before you start writing. Take a look at my table model and you will see that I don’t give all percentages. Instead I group them together:

  133. Mohammed Al-Nafee says:

    Hi teacher, I wrote about bar chart 2 in sample for practice page. Can you check it for me , please? and give me a band score.
    The chart illustrates the amount of water, which supply of two sources (public water and ground water), usage in seven industries per year. Units are measured in millions of cubic meters.
    Overall, ground water use in more types of industries than public supply. The most amount of both ground water and public water use in chemicals process whereas the least amount of ground water use in machinery compare to fuel and textiles of public water.
    In the terms of chemicals, ground water are used exactly 43mm3 in this as opposed to public water are used 240mm3 in chemicals process. Similarly, metal use more ground water than public water (240mm3 and 90mm3 respectively). Also, textile and fuel use more ground water (70mm3 and 80mm3 respectively) than public water just 10mm3 for both. In the same pattern in paper with the most significant higher of use ground water (190mm3) than public water (just 20mm3).
    On the other hand, the amount of public water use in remining industries is higher than ground water. Exactly 190mm3 of public water are used for food and drink purpose while 110mm3 of ground water are used in these. In the same pattern, machinery use 100mm3 of public water whereas just 10mm3 of ground water in this process.

  134. Naveed Ullah says:

    Thanks alot for your co operation.
    I have two simple questions, and will be greatly thankful to you if i get their answers.

    1. should i leave a line blank before starting new paragraph.

    2. can i write overview along with introduction paragraph, i mean both in one paragraph.

    • Here are you answers:

      1. It is not necessary to leave an empty line between each paragraph in writing but it does help the examiner to identify the paragraphs more easily. For that reason I always recommend students to do it but it is your choice.
      2. Yes, you can put your overview in the same paragraph as your introduction. Just make sure you start your overview with “Overall” so that the examiner can easily distinguish the introduction statement from the overview. I usually put them together when I describe diagrams because the introduction is often short but keep them separate for other types. But it’s entirely up to you.
      All the best

  135. HELLO Liz how have you been
    I want to know in task1 should I identify for each paragraph or I should write it as a letter if no can you please tell us what is the best format for task1

  136. Bon Pham Van says:

    Dear Ms Liz!
    You said that you have ever taught English in Vietnam. Which center did you work? in Ha Noi or HCM city? I am planing to study Ielts for oversea study?

    • Hi Van,

      I taught in Apollo, British Council and other smaller IELTS centers in Hanoi. But I’m currently living in the UK. The best school for IELTS when I was in Hanoi was RES which offered a range of courses, supporting services and good teachers. Some of the teachers were ex-examiners or very experienced teachers (although it’s always best to check which teacher you have before you sign up for any course).
      All the best

  137. hi dear liz …..I really need to know whether this essay score 7

    This bar chart illustrates the quantity of money consumers spent buying seven different products in France and U.K in 2010 ( units measured in pounds sterling )
    As can be seen ,the most of the budget spent to buy cars in France and U.K throughout 2010( 400000,450000 respectively), while the lowest payments were for perfumes ,which France accounted at 200000 and Britain at just below 150000.
    In detail ,british people paid more money to buy car ( 450000),book( 400000) and computer( 350000) ,whereas french people preferred to bought goods such as computer at above 350000 and perfume at 200000.Significantly people in U.K spent almost twice on camera ( 400000 versus 150000) .

    To sum up , obviously people bought necessities more than goods like perfume and camera in a one year period in both countries .

  138. hi
    I am doing general ielts test.the chart task IS FOR GENRAL IELTS OR ACADIMIC ?

  139. Hi liz,
    It is very exciting for me to read all your introduction, guidance and some tips.
    I just enjoy reading and listening in your blog two days ago.
    Below you could find my first trying in essay writing task 1:

    The chart below presents the amount of money in pound sterling that France and UK spent on five products such as cars, computers, books, perfume and camera in 2010.

    In general, It was noticed that the British spent more money on cars, books and cameras than French. However, France spent more money on computers and perfume if we compare to UK.

    If we look at the figures on the chart, it was highlighted that there were three products -cars, books and cameras (45,000, 40,000 and 35,000 respectively) that the UK spent more than France. While at the same time, French spent over 35,000 on computers and 20,000 on perfume which were the higher amount of money if we compare to British.

    • I am currently on holiday and will hopefully be back in April.
      All the best

      • Ayman Kenawy says:

        Have a nice holiday Liz, I’d like to thank you for your effort, I picked up the test result today,and I got the required score

        Listening 7.5 reading 7.5 writing 7 speaking 7.5 overall 7.5

        • Thanks for letting me know. That’s excellent news!!! Well done!

          • raviteja kesagani says:

            hi liz madam,this is raviteja from india.iam following your IELTS online video lessons,all are good but there no video lessons for reading tasks,you gave lecture only ontrue or false model,i need your lectures on sentence completion,paragraph matching and yes or no questions in reading section,plz tell where should i find them.

            • Hi,

              I only started making videos and writing this blog a few months ago. I add more lessons and videos slowly over time. At present there is only one video for reading. More videos will come over time.
              All the best

              • raviteja kesagani says:

                ok.can you tell me how to get 8 bands in istening and especially in reading.

                • The real key to band score 8 is to have an excellent level of English and being able to understand details and vocabulary precisely. The upper band scores of 8 and 9 are mostly language related. Of course you will need good exam skills but without excellent English, you won’t get 8.
                  All the best

                • raviteja kesagani says:

                  hi mam,iam following your writing tasks instructions and tips,they are very helpful.but i have small doubts,firstly in writing task1 iam getting 250 words and also iam getting 350 words in writing task2….if i write same amount of words in main exam it will affect my band score? are not?if it affect please tell me approximate words to write in Task1 and Task2.

                • Yes, writing so much for task 1 means you are not selecting data appropriately and are focusing too much on small details. This will adversely affect your score for task achievement which is 25% of your marks. Similarly in task 2, you might be including irrelevant information. Please go through all my writing lessons to learn more about writing correctly.

  140. The instruction has been a milestone for me.Plz, check it and suggest me with band.

    The chart compares the national expenditure of France and the United Kingdom on five categories of items ( cars, computers, books, perfumes and cameras) in 2010. unites are measured in pound sterling.

    Overall, both France and the UK spent their highest amount on cars, but the least amount varied. The expenditure in France had a downward trend, whereas the UK experienced fluctuations in the amount spent on the given items.

    On the one hand,The British’s spending amount on cars, books and cameras(€ 450,000, € 400,000, €350,000) was more than the French’s (€400,000, €336,000,€200,000) respectively. The most noticeable trend was of cameras on which the expenditure in the UK(€350,000) was 20,000 pound sterling higher than that of France(€150,000)

    On the other hand, on computers and perfumes, the amount spent in France was comparatively more than the UK. The expenditure in France on computer was nearly € 400,000 , but the British accounted for 350,000. Although both countries had lower expenditure on perfumes, the French spent €200,000 which was higher by €50,000 than the UK.

    • Hi,

      Unfortunately, I won’t have time to comment on your writing. Hopefully, another student will be able to give you a comment. Although I will mention to avoid using “downward trend” for this bar chart. There is no change over time, all figures are in one year so avoid using line graph language.
      All the best

  141. For sure I Will, Liz! Thanks for your valuable feedback and advice!!

    I’m so greatful for it!!

  142. Dear Liz,

    First of all, I would like to say thanks for sharing this wonderful and knowledgeable material. Besides, I would like to point out that as a professor you have an appreciable didactic skill! I’ve been learning so much with your classes!!

    So, would you mind taking a look at my task one? I have followed your advice about doing it in the right structure. So here we are:

    The chart gives information about the consumption on 5 consumer goods (cars, computers, books, perfume, camera) between France and United Kingdom in 2010. The units are measured in pounds sterling.

    In general, the biggest expenditure in the chart was from the UK in comparison to France. Both of them spent the most money on cars; however, related to the least amount of money, the UK spent on perfume differently from France which spent on cameras.

    In terms of cars, the UK spent approximately L450,00 on this as opposed to exactly L400,00 in France. Relating to books the UK spent around L400,00 in comparison to France which spent L300,00. Additionally, talking about cameras, the British spent more than France as well about ( L350,00 and L150,00 respectively).

    However, France spent a litte bit above L350,00 on computers than the UK who spent exaclty L350,00. There wasn’t a considerable expenditure on perfume in both of the countries which was L200,00 in France, and under L150,00 in the UK.

    I’m not affraid of making mistakes. Actually I’m ready for learning with them!! Thanks once again, Liz.

    Have a good day!

    • Hi Luiggi,

      You’ve got all the right information in the right places which means that already 50% of your assessment will be good. Both task achievement and coherence and cohesion are strong (check this link to learn more about the marking criteria:

      Looking at other aspects of your writing, there are some issues which can improved on:

      1. Linking. Take a look at your first body paragraph and see the method of linking you use to introduce each category (In terms of cars / Relating to books / talking about cameras). What you will see is that you have used the same technique in each sentence which means your linking has become mechanical. This will limit your score to around 6 in C/C. You need to start each sentence with variation. Sometimes start with the name of the country or a nationality or a number. Be more varied. You can train yourself to think in this way and then in your test it will come more naturally.
      2. Appropriate linking. You need to use academic linking devices which means you can’t use “talking about”. See my models for alternatives.
      3. Grammar. Some of your sentences are not quite accurate. “Both of them spent the most money on cars; however, related to the least amount of money, the UK spent on perfume differently from France which spent on cameras.” You need to write “Both of them spent the most money on cars but the least amount of money in the UK was spent on perfume as opposed to France which was cameras.”. Or you can split the sentence into two to ensure it is more accurate.
      4. Don’t use contractions “wasn’t” = “was not”. The examiner will notice these errors.
      5. Vocabulary. We can’t use the verb “consume” because that means to use and this is not about using products but about money spent on them. I kow you want to paraphrase but don’t be tempted to take risks.

      Those are the main errors highlighted so you can work on improving them.
      All the best

  143. Thameen Ahmad says:

    Hi Liz,
    If you don’t mind paraphrase for us the sample charts for writing task 1.
    Many thanks

    • Hi,

      Unfortunately, I only have time at present to post my scheduled lessons, answer student questions and making one video a week. I’m also working on complete training videos for writing task 2 for students to buy as well. So, it won’t be possible for me to paraphrase the sample charts. But I do promise to put the vocabulary lessons of adjectives for line graphs on my list.
      All the best

  144. Miss Liz;

    I made a sample essay for the above bar graph, I will be sitting for my IELTS exam next month and i’m not that confident on my writing skills so if you could make a time a read what I have written and give me some feedbacks and pointers to consider. Also, what will be my band score for this task just in case.

    The bar graph gives information on the amount of money spent by UK and France in five commonly used products for the year 2010. The y-axis illustrates the amount of pounds sterling being spent with an interval of L50,000. On the other hand, the x-axis presents the products that British and French usually consumes per annum namely: cars, computers, books, perfumes and cameras.
    UK allocates most of their budget on cars with a total of L450,000 per year, slightly higher to that of France which spends around L400,000 only. Same pattern can be seen on books as well, British squander around L400,000 while French gives a hundred thousand ponuds sterling lesser. Surprisingly, camera is a personal favorite of the UK people, they invest around L360,000 which is more than two-fold higher to that of France.
    Conversely, France pays more money on computers and perfumes than UK does. For computers, French can spend around L380,000 while British can only allocate L350,000 of their annual budget. In terms of perfume, French spend L200,000 and UK spends L60,000 lesser.
    As a conclusion, UK invest more pounds sterling on these five products than France. It can be seen as well, that both countries pay more on cars and lastly on perfumes for UK and cameras for France.

    • Hi,

      It’s a long report at 213 words for such a simple chart. The problem lies with your introduction. In writing task 1, your introduction should be brief not lengthy. Just paraphrase the information given by IELTS and introduction the categories. I’m not going to go into details of the overview because you can watch my free video lessons to learn why you write an overview rather than a conclusion.

      Be careful with your language. “squander” means to spend money needlessly which is a negative opinion – there can be no opinions in task 1. So, don’t try to over paraphrase because you will make more mistakes. You also can’t say that something is a “personal favourite” because we don’t know if everyone in the UK felt it was their favourite item. “Lesser” is actually “less”, for example “the UK spends less on X than …”.

      Your linking is good “Same pattern can be seen…” this helps the reader to understand the organisation and flow of information (don’t forget “the same pattern…”).

      On the whole, if you focus on producing direct introduction and not taking chance with your vocabulary, you will do well.
      All the best

      • Miss Liz;

        I really appreciate the effort in reading through my lengthy essay. However, can I ask if you were to give me s band score for my essay, what it will be?


  145. You are an excellent teacher.Respects from Aze.

  146. HI Liz , i like your lessons very much and it’s very useful thank you ,
    but actually i dont know from where i should start . I am taking now a course at the britsh council but they dont give details as you do . I’m very confused and i have to score 6.5 and above , so how much time you think i have to practice ? Tank you very much .

    • Hi,

      It’s not easy to tell a student how long it takes to prepare for IELTS. Firstly, you need to find out if your level of English matches the band 6.5. If your level of English is suitable to band score 6.5, then all you need to do it learn about IELTS, prepare topics and develop some skills. That can be done in a few weeks or a couple of months. On the other hand, if your level of English is much lower than the score you want, you will need to develop both your English language and IELTS skills which could take quite a long time. So, step 1 = check the level of your English.

      Developing IELTS skills and preparing for the test. Here’s a checklist to help you:

      1. Learn about each skill and what you need to do in the test. This can be done through practice tests as well as basic information online.
      2. Learn about the typical question types in each test and start practicing the question types to develop skills and techniques for dealing with them.
      3. Topics, ideas and vocabulary – this is essential for speaking and writing.
      4. Learn about the requirements of your band score – this is essential for getting the results you want. Learn exactly what you need to show (demonstrate) the examiner to get 6.5 in speaking and writing.
      5. Learn about common traps – this is important for listening and reading. IELTS use common traps to test students understanding.
      6. For reading and writing – develop time management skills to be able to complete your tasks in the time allowed. Do practice tests using the time limit.
      7. For speaking – learn how to develop answers and incorporate good language into your answers
      8. Writing – learn about each type of task 1 and task 2 – learn the structure, linking devices and techniques.
      9. Listening – practice listening for specific information, learn to focus on key words
      9. Reading – learn how to scan passages effectively to locate answers – learn coping techniques for each question type.
      10. Know your weaknesses – if you get the chance, do a practice test to assess your level and know how to improve.

      I hope that helps. I have known students prepare for IELTS in just two weeks and do well. It really depends on your level of English and your ability to do the exam.
      All the best

      Here’s a check list to help you with your IELTS preparation. Y

  147. hi liz,
    i’ve made my essay about this bar chart before seeing your example. could you pleas correct it for me, and give me the band score.
    The bar chart illustrates the amount of money spend by France and United Kingdom in 2010 on five products (cars, computers, books, perfume and cameras). The money is calculated by Pound Sterling.
    Overall, both countries outlay the highest cost on cars, but the lowest, for France was on cameras and for UK was on perfume. First of all, France’s expenses on cars and books which reached 400.000 and about 380.000 Pounds respectively outweigh those of perfume and cameras, whereas the number of the former was 200.000 Pound, while for cameras was just 150.000 Pound.
    On the other hand, UK gives mush more money for cars than France, as the budget was nearly 455.000 Pound. In addition to that, the costs of books and cameras that UK spend exceeded those of France, where the sums were approximately above 400.000 and 350.000 Pounds respectively instead, France maxed UK only in perfume by about 50.000 Pound, Not only that but also it outnumber UK in computers where France outlay about 370.000, while UK paid just 350.000 Pounds.

    • Hi,

      It’s an estimated band 6. The content of the report is good however there are some areas to work on:

      1. Grammar – you need to give accurate complex sentences which include full stops. Your sentences are without proper punctuation: “First of all, France’s expenses on cars and books which reached 400.000 and about 380.000 Pounds respectively outweigh those of perfume and cameras, whereas the number of the former was 200.000 Pound, while for cameras was just 150.000 Pound.” – that is all one sentence – it’s best to put a full stop somewhere in this sentence. It is the same with the other body paragraph.
      2. Overview – keep that paragraph separate and don’t mix it with the body paragraphs.
      3. Capital letters – pound has a small letter.
      4. Punctuation for numbers – use a comma not a full stop (150.000 = 150,000).
      5. Make sure you write about what the graph shows. ” UK gives mush more money for cars than France” – the graph doesn’t show countries giving money. I know you want to paraphrase but don’t change the information too much.

      All the best

  148. Ayman Kenawy says:

    I’ve 2 questions
    1- can we paraphrase ‘the chart’by saying ,This is a bar graph that illustrates ?

    2- Is it the same to write 5 or five with regard to band score,as there were some tutorials that said numbers below 10 should be written in letters?

    Thanks for your kindness

    • Hi,

      For your first question, don’t paraphrase the name of the chart. We usually say bar chart rather than bar graph. Many students paraphrase diagram for picture or illustration, this is also wrong. So, it’s very risky to paraphrase this and better to use the language IELTS give you.

      For your second question, well spotted. Yes, it should be written as a word in the introduction not a digit. I’ve changed it and will put a note on the video. For the body paragraphs, when you take the numbers directly from the chart, you can write using digits not words. So, it is perfectly fine to write “Only 5% of people compared to 65% …”

  149. Zakir Ullah says:

    Dear Liz!
    I have a little bite confusion in graph writing task 1. The ambiguity is about the conclusion,
    I have watched some other tutorial video which focusing on conclusion at the end of graph
    writing, so briefly explain me that why we don’t mention conclusion in writing task 1. The second request of mine is about two comparative graph writing , if you upload double graph thats will be your kindness.
    Your Sincerely
    Zakir Ullah

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