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IELTS Table Band Score 9 Model Answer

Below is an IELTS table model answer for writing task 1. The IELTS table below is taken from IELTS Cambridge book 7. The sample answer is estimated at band score 9. This page was last up-dated 2019.

 The table below gives information about consumer spending on different items in five different countries in 2002.

Source: IELTS Cambridge English Test Book 7

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IELTS Table Model Answer

The table illustrates the proportion of national expenditure in Ireland, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Turkey on three types of consumer items in 2002.

Overall, the category of consumer goods that all countries spent most on was food, drinks and tobacco, which was three times higher than on the other types of goods. The lowest spending could be seen in the category of leisure and education in all five countries. The outlay of Turkey was generally higher than the other four countries.

In terms of food, drinks and tobacco, Turkey spent the most at 32.14%. The expenditure of Ireland was also high (28.91%) compared to Sweden which spent the least (15.77%). Spain and Italy spent 18.80% and 16.36% respectively. On the other hand, the lowest expenditure was on leisure and education which accounted for under 5% in all countries. Turkey spent most on these items at just 4.35% of their national expenditure which is around double that of Spain (1.98%).

Clothing and footwear was the third category of consumer goods and outlays for those items were between 9% in Italy and 5.40% in Sweden.  The national spending in this area for the remaining countries averaged around 6.5%.

Tips for IELTS Tables

  • Put all your key features in the overview. Note one key feature is not enough for a high score.
  • Divide your body into paragraphs.
  • You don’t have to give all details. You can group details together by giving averages or ranges.
  • Be selective. Don’t put too many details in your report.
  • Make sure you write over 150 words but aim for less than 200.
  • Use a range of linking devices eg compared to / as opposed to / in terms of / while etc
  • Try to avoid being repetitive with your sentence structures.
  • Some words will be repeated. There is always a limit to how many synonyms one word has. As long as you show the skill or paraphrasing and avoid errors, it’s fine.

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  1. http://Li says

    Hi just wondering can i use ‘ The pie chart provided above gives information about….:is that correct in the report speech?
    Or that must to be only ‘ The pie chart illustrates the information/data….

    • http://Liz says

      You have written “above” what is above the answer sheet? Nothing. You can’t use that word. Otherwise, it is fine.

  2. http://gunay says

    Hi Liz, I really like your website, you are doing amazing work.

    Can I start to overview with ‘to sum up’ instead of overall? Besides, is there any problem with writing an overview in the last paragraph?


    • The examiner is specifically looking for an overview. It is the most important paragraph. Which linking device do you think is most suitable?

  3. http://Jayanatha%20Wick says

    Thanks for the writing can you give us to the digram explains and maps?

    • http://Liz says

      Go to the main writing task 1 page for all my model answers – click on the RED BAR at the top of the website.

  4. http://Anurag says

    Thanks a lot ma’am. India has a lot of respect for you

  5. http://Nawraj%20Sharma says

    Can food drinks and tobacco written as consumption, footwear and clothing as fashion and leisure and education as luxury and studies?

  6. http://SUKHMAN%20BRAR says

    Plz upload more table chart sample answers like this . Only one chart can not represent all things.moreover plz describe the structure of table chart, where we write what value , where what


    • http://Liz says

      Did you click on the RED BAR at the top of the website to see all my writing task 1 lessons, tips and model answers?????? Please do so now.

  7. http://help says

    Is it possible to bring a calculator in the exam, I don’t think I’m this good at quick maths. :/

    • http://Liz says

      You do not need to know any maths at all. There are no calculation needed. No, you can’t use a calculator – there is actually no need for one.

  8. http://osama says

    thanks liz i ve benefited alot of ur model answers , i appreciate ur work and effort 🙂

  9. Hi Liz, Some IELTS teachers suggest that I can not use bracket + numbers. For example, the expenditure of Ireland was also high (28.91%). Other IELTS teachers suggest I must write, the expenditure of Ireland was also high, with 28.91%.

    Please check if these two ways are correct. thanks.

  10. http://Kim says

    Hi Liz,

    Sorry if it’s already mentioned somewhere, but if I use given category like “Food/Drinks?Tabacco”, does they count it as one word or 3 words?

    • http://Liz says

      You need to write with correct grammar. “Food/Drink” is not correct grammar. Write everything in full.

      • http://Kim says

        That’s really helpful, thank you!

      • http://Luca says

        You didn’t answer his question, which would make for a very low task response score 😛

        So, would “Food/Drink/Tobacco” count as 1 word or 3 words?


        • http://Liz says

          As I said, you can’t write it that way at all – it is grammatically incorrect. It would count as a grammar mistake and all mistakes will eventually lower your score. You need to write it in full: “food, drink and tobacco” and those are 4 words. All headings and categories need to be adapted to make them grammatically correct – that includes correct use of capital letters. Hope that helps 🙂

  11. http://Tolghanay says

    Hi Liz! It is good of you to have such a site that the most English speakers need. Thank you very much. I would like to know can I post my essays here or write directly you. I would be gratefull if you could check and give your advices. Is it free if you check my essays or for payment? You can write me for details.

  12. http://Jingzhong%20shao says

    Hi Liz,

    “The expenditure of Turkey overall was higher than the other countries.”

    Is it correct if I write in following ways? I am struggling with grammars of comparison.
    1. The expenditure of Turkey overall was higher than that of the other countries.
    2. The expenditure of Turkey overall was higher than that of other countries.
    3. Turkey spent more than the other countries.

    Thank you,

    • http://Liz says

      You can write “The overall expenditure of Turkey …”. Otherwise, fine.

      • Hi Liz,
        The expenditure of Turkey overall was the highest of all other countries.
        The expenditure of Turkey overall was higher than the other countries.
        Which one is correct?
        As Turkey is compared to more than two countries, is it okay to use comparative degree instead of superlative?

        • http://Liz says

          Both are fine. One is a comparative and one a superlative. You decide which grammar features you want to use.

  13. http://Jame says

    Can i replace respectively with accordingly?

  14. http://Naresh%20gurung says

    The table represents distinct costumer products spend by five different nations in the year 2002.
    Overall,most of the expenditure is made on food,drink, and tobacco while ,least amounts are spend on leisure and education.
    Turkey has spent highest amount on food,drink and tobacco followed by Ireland citizen by 28.91%. Moreover, the expenditure of Sweden is less than other 5 countries.In clothing and footwear Ireland, Spain and Turkey have almost same expenditure ratio around at 6% where as,Sweden spend only 5.40% that others.Regards to education and leisure people of Turkey spend 4.35% which is highest than others whilst, only small proportion is made by Spain ,just only 1.98%.
    In contrary, Sweden and Italy have spend approximately at ratio on education and leisure as only 5.49% is accounted on clothing by Sweden than that of Italy.
    Dear, liz plz give feedback on this essay as I am not sure where I did my mistake on
    Thank you

  15. http://Amr%20Hasan says

    Hi Liz,
    My test is about 7 days ahead. Please evaluate my answer, correct and advice me.

    “The given table clarifies the spending amount of consumers on variety of consumables in (Ireland, Italy, Spain. Sweden and Turkey) in 2002.

    Overall, The highest used type of consumables in all mentioned countries were food, drink and tobacco. On the other hand, the lowest consumed items were leisure and education.

    Turkey led the table in consuming food, drink and tobacco with 32.14%, while Ireland came second with 28.91% and then Spain, Italy and Sweden followed in sequence with 18.80%, 16.36% and 15.77% respectively.

    The Spanish people spent only 1.98% on leisure and education as the lowest expenditure of all mentioned countries compared to the Turks whom spent 4.35% while Ireland was the second lowest by 2.21% and Italy had 0.2% less than Sweden which paid 3.22%. At the time, clothing and footwear witnessed very close range between all countries except for Italians whom distinguished by 2.27% above their closest rivals the Turks”.

    152 words 🙂

  16. http://Moe says

    Thank you so much. This website is very useful and I appreciate it.

  17. http://nargiza says

    Hi, Liz, I was explained that we cannot use one word more than twice but in this writing 1 the word “expenditure” is used 7 times. Is it ok?

    • http://Liz says

      Of course you can use one word more than twice. Who told you this? It is false information. Yes, you need to show the skill of paraphrasing but you can repeat words. In fact some words in English can’t successfully be paraphrased and will need to be repeated.

  18. http://Sadhna says

    I thought that we were supposed to write 2 body paragraphs (body para A and body para B).However,this model answer has 3 body paragraphs.So,is it okay to write more than 2 (not more than 3,though)? Just wanted to make sure it’s fine! Thank you!

    • http://Liz says

      You can choose either two body paragraphs or three. Your choice will depend on the type of essay and on your ideas.

      • http://Sadhna says

        I was talking about Task 1 🙂

        • http://Liz says

          Sorry. For task 1 , about 80% of all task 1 will require only two body paragraphs. Just occasionally you will have three, it depends on the information given in the chart, diagram etc. The body paragraphs in task 1 are not equal length. This is different in task 2 where body paragraphs are equally developed,

  19. http://sadaqat says

    I really appropriate your efforts

  20. http://Dayat says

    You’re so kind. Thanks for the free lessons. I’m preparing for IELTS test as well. Your website is really helpful.

  21. http://CAPRI says

    Hi Liz,
    some people mentioned that in overall part we should not write dates,numbers or percentage,how far true is that in your opinion or just a false rumor

    • There is no right or wrong. I usually present my data in body paragraphs. But if you have totals, such as in a table, you must put them in your overview. Teachers each have different techniques.

  22. http://mazhar says

    Respected Madam,
    I have confusion where it is mentioned ” Write no more than three word and/or a number”

  23. http://Akmal%20khan says

    Hello teacher.
    My introduction paragraph is right.
    I’m waiting for your reply.

    The provided table elucidates,the proportion of expenditures of five unsimilar nation on different items in 2002.In this aspect,there was three different categories of items.However,the highest ratio showen by Turkey while lowest proportion shown by Sweden throughout the whole year.

  24. http://Eman says

    For example: I have two tables one of them named by beer consumption and the another one named by juice consumption and each table contains 10 different countries.

    My key features are:
    Table one:
    Ireland has the highest amount of beer consumption
    Finland has the lowest amount of beer consumption
    Table two:
    Canada has the highest amount of juice consumption
    Newzealand has the lowest amount of juice consumption

    My overview:

    Both Ireland and Canada have the highest amount of beer and juice respectively compare to Finland and Newzealnd.

  25. Hi Liz,
    I have question
    if in task 1 gave us 2 different charts
    what should we do in this?

    • http://Liz says

      You introduce both in your introduction. Put the key features for both in your overview. And then have one body paragraph for each. This is not a fixed rule but a general rule and can be adapted.

  26. http://Shishir says

    Hlw Liz
    Thanks for your lesson 😊
    Can I use bracket like this on Table:
    Kyoto has the smallest underground railway system (only 11 kilometers of route) which is more than 30 times less than that of London.

  27. http://Rojan says

    Was there a conclusion or it is not needed

  28. http://Miras says

    is it necessary to write percentages in brackets?

  29. http://usman%20haider says

    Hello! I am finding difficulty in table part can u make up a video for that

  30. Is it compulsory to leave a line after one paragraph?

    • http://Liz says

      No, it isn’t compulsory. It is only recommended because it makes it easier for the examiner to see your paragraphs.

  31. http://Rodora says

    Do we need to write a conclusion in writing task 1?

  32. http://Mrym says

    Is it counted that you repeated main ideas ? because in paragraph2 you mentioned the lowest expenditure and in the last paragraph too ??

    • http://Liz says

      Giving details in the body is not the same as repeating. In the overview, you highlight and in the body you give the details, which means the figures or the data.

    • http://Cherry%20Anne%20Galutan says

      Could somebody check my work?

      The given table illustrates and describes the total percentage of consumed items by Irish, Italians, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish on food, drinks, tobacco, clothing, footwear,
      leisure and education. Overall, it is clear that the most well-consumed items from five
      nationalities were foods, drinks, and tobaccos, whereas, the least tolerated items was in
      leisure and education. It is also evident that Turkish spent more money on different items than other nationalities.

      In detail, in terms of foods, drinks, and tobaccos, Turkish was the one who spent most of their money on this item, with about a third (32.14%) of the total percentage. Second to them was Irish with more than a quarter (28.91%), while the others had, less than a fifth (18.80%) for Spanish, and a sixth for both Swedish and Italians (15.77% and 16.36%, respectively).

      On the other hand, clothing and footwear were considered as the second most consumed items in five countries. Italian accounted for the highest spender on this item with about less than 10% of the total money spent,opposed to Swedish who only spent less than 6%. While other nationalities such as Turkish, Spanish and Irish spent about less than 7% on this item.

      The least among the items were leisure and education, it is clear that all five countries allocated only a small fraction for this item. About less than 5% for all nationalities. The highest spender was Turkish while Spanish was the lowest spender.

  33. http://Emy says

    Hi liz…thanks for your this very helpful content…

  34. http://Syamnadh%20Reghunathan says

    hi liz ma’m..pls can u go through it if u hav time…

    The table illustrates the data of expenditure (measured in %) of five nations (Ireland,Italy, Spain, Sweden and Turkey) in three different categories, in the year 2002.
    Overall, all of the given countries spent the most for food, drinks and tobacco, whereas they spent the least on leisure and education. Expenditure of Turkey was comparably higher than the other countries.
    Regarding the food, drinks and tobacco, Turkey spent a significant portion (32.14%) when compared to that of Ireland (28.91%), which stood well ahead of Spain (18.8%).Expenses of Italy and Sweden were figured out as 16.36% and 15.77% respectively.
    On examining the next category of clothing and footwear, Italy held the top position with 9% and Sweden (5.4%) at the second position, while Ireland, Spain, and Turkey averaged around 6.5%.
    All the countries spent a very meagre amount for leisure and education. Turkey spent 4.35% of their national expenditure on this category, which was roughly double the amount that of Spain (1.93%). Italy and Sweden together accounted for an average of 3.2%, while Ireland spent 2.2%.

  35. http://claire says

    Hi, Liz

    First of all, I must thank you for the useful information on ielts.
    I feel like falling in love with English now, thanks to your clear and kind lectures.

    Here is the question about this model essay.

    In this essay, it says ‘Turkey spent most on’ but, I assume that it only makes sense when all the percentages of others are shown on the table which can be added to 100% including the data given.

    • http://Liz says

      To say a country spent “most” does not indicate a percentage of a whole. It only indicates which is higher than others.

  36. http://ziya says

    can i give numbers in my overview?

  37. http://dav says

    Dear liz,
    please help me to clarify the following doubt.is it possible to use subsequently instead of respectively
    thank you

  38. http://ghamdan%20ahmed says

    Hello Miss,
    Should we write it as a divided writing , i mean with leaving lines or write it without leaving lines in between?

  39. http://Hoang%20Minh says

    hi liz, the table sample above is very awesome but something confused me . for example, you use the words: “spent” and “expenditure” many times in the same paragraphs.. it seem to be repeated, and we must have the range of vocabulary. can you explain for me? tks liz, the role of your all lessons in this web is very useful and important for me!

  40. http://Mosi says

    Dear Liz

    It would be very kind of you if you could score this sample for the table.

    The table compares the percentage of money spent on various items in five nations in the year 2002.
    As can be seen, the most popular item of purchase was food/drink/tobacco in all the five countries, followed by clothing and leisure/education.

    As regards food/drink/tobacco, the highest proportion of expenditure belonged to Turkey (32.14%). With an almost 3% different, Ireland stood in the second place at 26.91%. Sweden and Italy accounted for around half the corresponding figure for Turkey, except Spain at 18.80%.

    Totally, clothing and footwear were bought approximately 3-4 times less than the items in the first category. The leading country, Italy, for example, spent just above half that it spent on food (9%). Ireland, Turkey and Spain allocated nearly similar budget to clothing as opposed to Sweden bring at the bottom of the list, at 5.40%.

    When it comes to education, the figures dropped even more. While Turkey became top again at 4.35%, Ireland spent about two times less. Italy and Sweden had very identical proportions, at 3.20% and 3.22%, respectively. It was Spain (1.98%) where the least amount of money was spent on leisure.

  41. http://Ashish%20Kadian says

    Hi Liz,

    can we add one line in first paragraph, e.g it is calibrated in percentage or units are measured in percentage.Please tell me as early as possible because I have my exam.

    Thanks & Regards

  42. http://Tran%20LY says

    You wrote “all contries spent MOST on food, drink and tobacco” and “Turkey spent THE MOST at 32.14%”. Why in the second sentence, did you use THE?

  43. http://Ahmed says

    In the last paragraph you wrote (…..Spain who spent ..etc ) is it correct to write Spain which spent and would you explain to me the different
    and i want to say that your efforts helps us alot..thanx liz☺

  44. http://Mai%20ANh says

    Where in Vietnam are you teaching at?
    Can you give me a piece of advice to improve the thinking strategy, to make the writing more logical, sharp on every point and still interesting?
    Thank you so much😊

  45. If our word length complete but don’t write overall then what is penalty for this?

  46. http://Maham says


    I have watched all the videos for IELTS task 1 and am a bit confused. In the video you mentioned that there should be a total of four paragraphs including the overview but in the sample essay above there are five paragraphs. I noticed a similar pattern for a question where three pie charts were given.

    Please explain when it possible to write five paragraphs and why.

    • I also mentioned that sometimes it is possible to have three body paragraphs instead of two. This is the same as task 2.
      All the best

  47. http://Umna%20Qureshi says

    Hello Liz,
    I wrote an essay on the given table,can you please tell me that how many bands will my essay get?
    Here’s the answer
    The table illustrate about the fluctuating percentage for the national consumer expenditure on food/drinks/tobacco,clothing/foot wear and leisure/education in different countries which are named as:Ireland,Italy,Spain,sweden and Turkey in 2002.
    As it can be seen that first category is for food,drink and tobacco,so if we compare Turkey with other countries,there’s a huge difference between percentages which is approximately 32% in Turkey whereas in Ireland its about 30%,slightly less than Turkey.While Spain expand 16%only.
    If we look on clothing and footwear category,Italy Surpassed from all countries and its percentage is exactly 9%. Whereas Ireland,Spain and Turkey expand approximately 6% while Sweden expenditure were only 5%.
    In the third and last category which is of leisure and education,by which it can be seen that Turkey is now again on the top of the list and attain 4% of expenditure while Italy and Sweden expand approximately 3% only. Whereas Ireland and Spain expenditure were only 2%.
    Overall,consumer from all countries expand mostly on food,drinks and tobacco while expand less on other thing.

  48. http://preet says

    How many paragraphs should be there for writing task 1 Liz ..Is 3 paragraphs sufficient ?

  49. http://Surjeet%20Kumar says

    Mam pls tell me that should overview write in the end or after intro.

  50. http://Amarjot%20singh says

    Hi, i want to know that in Task 1 ,Is it important to write overall in 2nd paragraph or we can also write in Last ?????

  51. http://Pratik%20Panchani says

    Hello, I want to know that if we can write the data in brackets.For example, Turkey(28.5%),……..high(50%).

  52. http://nikol says

    Hello Liz
    Fist of all i would say thank you for all the effort you are making to help people who intent to take Ielts. Can you please post more information regarding to table task 1 because i find it one of the mos difficult among the other types of tasks.
    thank you

  53. Hello Liz
    some tables has very long phrase to illustrate the measure of the data. For example “Average Distance in miles traveled per person per year”. So, each time I write number, It should be followed by (miles per person per year). and that’s quite annoying… My question is : Can I write symbols instead of phrases , for example (M.P.Y) instead of (Miles per Person per Year). ِand I will demonstrate that this symbol stands for that phrase in the first time I use it.

    • You introduce that information in the introduction and then you don’t need to repeat it.

      • but I have to repeat that in body paragraph.. for example, I want to say that ” In 1989, the most popular mod of travelling was cars, which was 3199 (miles per person per year)”.. and the same for other numbers..
        I hope that my further question would not bother you.

  54. http://Haider says

    Hi Liz
    could you help me to write the best answer for the following Task 1 question (table model) because it misguides me due to the absence of any numbers or rates or % please ?

    Q/ The table below represents the opinions of tow groups in regards to the main causes of air pollution

    group 1 group2
    manufactures pesticides & plant fertilizers
    cars manufactures
    pesticides & plant fertilizers household wastes
    household wastes cars

    with my kind regards

    • This is not an authentic IELTS table. You need to find the original.

      • http://Haider says

        Sorry for the disturbance in printing, the question was in IELTS exam in 31/01/2015 in Exeter college center. even though I have written depending on my memory, but it was with the same idea and same issue. as I told you there was no rates, no numbers and no % .

        group 1
        pesticides & growth fertilizers
        household waste

        group 2
        pesticide & plant fertilizers
        household waste

        these 2 groups of pollution causes (according to people opinions) were put in one table I think according to the priority


        • The key is that they were according to priority. That means that the first one is number 1 priority, the second is number 2 priority etc for each table. This means it was ordered by priority number. You need to state what the two groups represented – age groups, income groups? you can see that the main priority in the first group is manufactures while in the second group it is pesticides and plant fertilizers. The lowest priority was household waste for both groups. To be honest, unless I saw every single word with full instructions, I can’t offer you more information.

          • http://Haider says

            To be honest, I have been endeavoring to find such design of question in different books for a long time but without result. I think it is more profitable and I will be grateful if you design and post such question with the fitted answer.

            Thanks a bundle with my regards

            • I also have never seen such a table. Can you remember what the two groups were for this table? I’ll try to replicate it.

  55. http://Muhammed%20Shamsuddin says

    which was almost three times that of the other items. ( I didn’t understand this sentence . plz will you explain )

  56. Hi Liz,

    I found your blog very useful for my IELTS writing improvement. Currently, I have one sentence which I doubt using:

    “Overall, it can be seen that all three aiports saw an upward trend with some variations among one and another.”

    Could you please advise me on whether the phrase “among one and another” above is correct?

    Many thanks in advance.


    • http://Liz says

      You shouldn’t be writing “some variations among one and another” because all lines have variations so it is irrelevant to put such information in your overview.
      All the best

  57. Hi, i am a student.
    Excuse me, is it not better to write instead of ”Turkey has….”, I write “Turkey had…” ?because it was in 2002?( past simple), please tell me if i am wrong, thank you.

  58. http://Noha%20Faisal says

    Hi ,
    can i paraphrase the word “spend” with words like “consume” , “expend” , “use” and “drain”
    because “spend ” is too much repeated !
    Thanks !!

    • http://Liz says

      The meaning of the verb depends on the noun with it. Consume fuel means to use fuel. Consume food means to eat food. You need to look at each context carefully.

  59. http://jasmine says

    Dear Liz,
    can you explain why “most’ is used in this sentence “all countries spent most on..” while ” the most” is used in this sentence “Turkey spent the most”?. I am really confused with this case.
    Thank you so much, Liz

  60. http://Jennette%20Ocampo says

    Hi Liz,

    Is there any other word that I can use to paraphrase “proportion”?




  61. http://Anya says

    Hello, I saw that you used the word ‘expenditure’ more than five times. Is it correct in IELTS exam?

    • http://Liz says

      Yes, you can’t change words all the time. English has a limited number of paraphrases for any word. The word “expenditure” can only be paraphrased as “money spent” or “spending” – so of course, words will be repeated.

  62. http://Michael says

    Hi Liz

    I just found a mistake in your model. “The other three counties ….. ” should be “the other three countries” , or I am wrong?

    Thanks Michael

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