Dec 2016 IELTS Writing Task 1 Sample Answer

Below is a sample answer for December 2016 writing task 1. The task  consists of one vertical bar chart and two pie charts. The sample answer is estimated at about band score 8.  The sample answer contains some grammar errors – can you find them? Answers below.

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December 2016, IELTS Writing Task 1


December 2016, Sample Answer

Estimated at band score 8

The bar chart and pie charts illustrate the percentage of people in Glasgow having three levels of education (university, school and those with no qualifications) in 2010. Information is divided into five age groups in the bar chart and by gender in the pie charts.

Overall, the majority of people with university education were in younger age groups, while in the oldest age group most people did not have any qualifications. The proportions of men and women were similar and showed little different between the levels of education.

The percentage of people with university education was up to 76% in the younger three age groups compared to only 50% in those ages 50 to 75 and just 25% in those over 75. This trend was reversed in those with no qualifications (9% in younger people rising to 72% in the oldest age group). The figure for those with school education was relatively constant at around 20% but was as low as 3% in the over 75’s.

The proportion of men and women in each level of education was around one third with only a slightly difference of 3% in university graduates as well as those who didn’t have educational qualifications.

Words = 198

There are a few grammar mistakes in this writing. Can you find them? Answers provided below

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Answers to Grammar Mistakes – click below to open:


Paragraph 2: in younger age groups = in the younger age groups

Paragraph 2: little different = little difference

Paragraph 3: in those ages 50 to 75 = in those aged 50 to 75

Paragraph 4: a slightly difference = a slight difference

Paragraph 4: didn’t = did not


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  1. Zufishan says

    The bar chart illustrates the proportion of population between different age group having university degree, school certificate or no qualification in Glasgow in the year 2010, while the pie charts demonstrate the literacy level by gender segregation.
    Overall, the people aged between 24-35 showed the highest university degree holders while the group aged 75+ exhibit highest number of people with no qualification. The percentage of women possessing no qualification is higher than the percentage of men, whereas the women having university degree is lower than men proportion.
    In terms of literacy rate by age level, the university degree holders showed a similar number in groups aged 16-24 and 35-50 at 71, while highest being reported at 76 in 24-35 aged persons. On the other hand, half number demonstrated university degree holders in 50-75 group and this number reduced to a quarter in people aged 75 above. School certification relatively showed consistent figures at around 15-20, whereas the people aged 75 above showed only 3 certification holders. Moreover, the group 16-24, 24-35 and 35-50 showed 9 persons with no qualification, whereas 30 in group 35-50 and 72 in people above 75 years.
    In case of gender analysis, the chart exhibit that same percentage of men and women having school certification at 33%, while 38% women and 35% men with no qualification in 2010. On the other hand, 32% men held university degree in contrary to women at 29%.

    Can you please mark it Liz

  2. after greeting ,,
    i hope this email finds you well , i looking forward to your earliest response .

    the both bar and pie charts illustrate the percentage of people in three education levels
    ( university,school and non- qualification ) with different age groups and different gender in 2010 .
    overall, the majority of people were having university degree up to 76% in first three young ages group , while 20% of those was in oldest age group. the proportion in women and men , the men rose around 3% than women in university degree .however, the percentage of people who is having school degree was around (15%to 20%) in young age groups and 3% in oldest group.
    with regard, the percentage of people were in did not have any qualification was in oldest group 72% and in young group was ( (16-24),(24-35)and (35-50)) (9%,9%and 30% respectively). where as, the comparison between men and women was about mere 3% while similar percent in school qualification between them .

  3. Parmender says

    The bar and pie charts demographically illustrates level of education in Glasgow city in 2010.
    Information from charts indicate higher percentage of city residents aged 16-50 years had University degree than those of aged above 50 years. Men were found to be slightly more qualified than women counterpart.
    Nine percent of population aged between 16-50 years had no qualification at all. 76% of young people aged between 24-35 years were reported to have University degree, highest amongst all age group. 70% of old people aged between 50-75 years had at least School certificate with 50% possessing University degree. 72% of senior citizens aged above 75 years were reported to even not have School certificate however majority of them, 25%, had University degree indicating trend in 1960s-70s were to either study up to University level or drop out early from the schools.
    Men and women had no considerable difference in qualification, men lead the chart with just 3% margin over women to possess University degree. Interesting, exactly a third of both and women had School certificate but did not pursue higher University degree

  4. Abdul Basit says

    Hello Liz,

    I have two questions which I would appreciate if you answer.

    If I forget a word while writing, can I just add the word in the middle with pointer in my paper based IELTS exam?

    If I make a mistake while writing, is it fine to cancel the word/ words with pencil instead of erasing to save time.

    • For the paper based test, yes, you can do that. As long as it is all easy to read, it’s fine. You can add words and delete words. When you delete words, make sure the word is clearly deleted so that the examiner knows to ignore it.

  5. The bar chart and pie chart illustrate the percentage of the three levels of education in the Glasgow, Scotland in year 2010. Data is divided into five age groups in bar chart and by two genders in pie chart.

    Overall, the younger age groups are majority of people with university degree, while the oldest age group mostly people who did not have educational qualification. The fraction between men and women in pie chart shows a similar and little difference of percentage in the three levels of education.

    The percentage shows people with university degree was up to 76% in the age group 16-50 with contrast to age group 50-75 with 50% and for ages 75+ with only 25%. Whilst, the trend is opposite with no qualification, the percentage of people with highest number was the age group 75+ with 72%, 30% was the 50-75 age group and lowest was the 16-50 age group with only 9%. The figure for those with school certificate was up to 20% and only 3% for over 75+ age.

    The quantity between men and women was the same with school certificate and with slightly difference of 3% between with university degree and did not have qualifications.

  6. Alaa Abdallah says

    The charts illustrate the percentage of people with three educational levels (University, School, and no qualifications) in Glasgow in 2010. The bar chart represents the education levels in terms of age, and the pie charts represent them in terms of gender.

    Overall, the percentage of people with university degree was the highest for young people and the lowest for elderly ones. While the percentage of people with no qualifications was the highest for people older than 75 and the lowest for young people. Both men and women had almost the same educational levels with small differences.

    In terms of age, the university educational level for young people (whose age are 16-24, 24-35, and 35-50) reached up to 76% while the percentage of those people with no qualifications was only 9%. This trend was reversed for elderly people (25% and 50% for those who have university degree and 72% and 30% for those with no qualifications, for the ages 75+ and 50-75, respectively). The school educational level was around 20% for nearly all ages except people who are more than 75, which was only 3%.

    In terms of gender, the proportion of men and women who had university degree and those with no qualifications was around a third with a slightly difference (3%). Both of them have the same school educational level percentage.

  7. Nedjmeeddine says

    the pie charts and bar chart illustrate the percentage of poeple in Glascow prsuing education per level (university, school, and these with no qualifications) in 2010. Information was divided into five age groups in the bar chart and gender in the pie charts.

    Overlall, the number of males and females pursuing studies in Glascow surpassed that of these with no qualifications in 2010. Furthermore, most young people went to university while a significant proportion of peole above the age of 75 had no qualifications.

    with regards to the age, aound 73 percent of the people in Galsgow between the age of 16 and 50 were going to univercity in 2010 with only about 20 percent and only a mere 9 percent going to shcool and with no qualifications respectively, the number of people with no qulification grow significantly to 72 percent as the age went up to above 75, with only 3 percent of old people in shcools and 25 percent in universities.

    in terms of gender,33% was the proportion of both men and women going to school, in addition to that, the proportion of people going to the university was 32% for men and 29% women leaving 35% and 38% of men and women with no qualifications respectively.


  9. Megha M says

    The charts highlight the numerous qualifications obtained in 2010 by people in the city of Glasgow situated in Scotland.
    They depict the number of people availing university degrees, school certificates and having no qualifications between five age groups, namely 16-24, 24-35, 35-50, 50-75 and above 75 years.
    Up to 71 people have obtained university degree, followed by 20 people completing schooling and the rest 9 having no qualifications in the age group of 16-24. Similarly, the people in the age group 35-50 have the same statistics as that of 16-24. The highest share of completing college education can be contributed by the age group 24-35, being 76. Consequently, the least number of people getting school certificates is also in the same group. Almost, three fourth quarters of people in the age group of 50-75 has finished some kind of education. Meanwhile, the senior citizens group of above 75 years of age has the highest share of people not qualified whereas only 3 of them getting a school degree.
    Two pie charts have demonstrated the percentages of qualifications based on gender. Firstly, 38% female students have passed out of universities, following with 33% finishing school and finally 29% having no qualifications at all. Lastly, a similar pattern can be observed from male students with having the larger share of university degrees meanwhile having the least share of no degrees.

  10. The bar chart and pie chart illustrate three level of education in Glasgow city in Scotland in 2010. Education is divided into three parts College, university, no qualifications. Bar chart indicates education levels by age group and pie charts indicates education level by gender.
    The information in bar chart is by age range. In Age 16 to 24, denotes that 71% is University degree , 20% is School certificate, 9% is no qualification . In Age 24 -35, 76% have University Degree, 15% have school certificate, 9% people doesn’t have qualification. Age 35-50, 71% have university degree, 20% have school certificate and 9% doesn’t have qualification. Age group 50-75, 50% have university degree, 20% have school certification & 30% doesn’t have qualification. In age group 75+, 35% have university degree, 3% have school certificate & 72% doesn’t have qualification.
    The information in pie chart is by gender all ages. 38% women don’t have qualification, 29% have university degree, 33% have school certification. In men 35% don’t have qualification, 32% have university degree & 33% have school certification.

  11. The bar chart provides the percentage of education level in different age groups in the city of Glasgow in Scotland in 2010. however the two pie charts classifies the study level of the same population based on their gender.

    Overall the majority of the population with higher education (university degree) were within the age of 24 to 35 years, while seniors above 75 years of old were the least educated. furthermore the classification of the study criteria among the people of Glasgow based on their genger showed a similar pattern between males and females.

    Moreoever the percentage of the people in the age group of 24 to 35 years old who had a university degree were 76 which was slightly more than the other two groups with 71 percent. also 15-20 percent of the people up to 75 years of old were graduated from school, as oppose to the people above 75 years of old who 72% of them were uneducated and barely had a school degree (3%).

    In addition, the amount of men regardless of their age who undergone higher education were 3% more compared to that of the women whereas it was the same for school education and 3 percent less for no education at all. it is evident that the education level is divided into almost three equal portion of population in both genders

  12. The bar chart and pie chart illustrates the percentage of people in glasow have three levels of education( university,school and no qualification). Information divided into 5 different age groups in barchart and two two genders in pie chart.
    Overall,majority of young people have university degree,while in older age group did not have any qualifications. The proportions of men and women were shown same similarity but little margin by percentage in university and school certificate.
    The percentage of people with university degree almost touch to 76 in three different age groups compared to only 50% in those age group between 50-75 and just 25% over 75+ age group. This trend was reveresed with no qualification( 9% younger people rising to almost 75% in older age group). Those with school education is constant at around 20% but as low as 3% in older age group (above 75 years).
    The proportions of men and women have slightly 3% difference in university degree and didn’t have any qualifications.

  13. Hi Liz. How are you doing?
    I’m writing to say thank you for all your help through this website. Your platform really helped me in my preparation and I owe a lot to you. I wrote my test on 11 December 2021 and I had an 8.5 score overall. I scored 7.5 in writing and speaking and then 9.0 for both listening and reading.

    Thank you, Liz. I wish you wellness and the very best in everything you do. Happy Holidays!

  14. Aurangzeb Alam says

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    My test is on 6th February 2021.
    Wish me luck

  15. Mirza Aafaq Ali Baig says

    HI Liz,

    Thanks for explaining the IELTS in a such a calm and easy way. I’m about to take my test in February. This is page is really helpful.

    Thanks a lot.

  16. Hello, Liz
    I hope millions of people are appreciating for your site, thank you so much!
    I have some question.
    Is it not proper to write didn’t on writing task? Cause you marked it as mistake.

    Looking forward your reply!
    Thank you.

  17. 150 is the minimum and you can go up to 180-190 max.

  18. Miriam Jacob says

    Hi Liz,
    Please I would really appreciate it if you correct me on this academic writing task one practice. I got it from your IELTS Sample Charts for writing task 1 Practice.
    This is the question
    The chart below shows the global sales of different kinds of digital games from 2000 to 2006.
    This question is the third chart on the practice sample to be precise.

    Here is my answer
    The bar chart illustrates the global trades of various kinds of digital games (mobile phone games, online games, console games handheld games) from 2000 to 2006. The sales were recorded in dollars.
    Overall, the game with the highest sale for each year is the handheld games while the game with the lowest trade varies between online games which had low income between 2001 and 2003 and console games which had low trades between 2005 and 2006. The first and second year had two and three games sales respectively.
    The trades for the handheld games rose steadily from about 11 billion dollars in 2000 to about 18 billion dollars in 2006 unlike the console games which declined steadily from about 6 billion dollars in 2000 to about 3 billion dollars in 2006.
    Although the online games started sales in 2001 for 1 billion dollar, it increased significantly to about 9 billion dollars in 2006 while the mobile phone games which started trades in 2002 for about 2 billion dollars rose considerably to about 7 billion dollars in 2006.

    176 words

    Thank you

  19. Hi there, I would like to hear comments about my output, please. thank you

    The diagram presents the 2010 information on the percentage of people in Glasgow, Scotland based on 3 education levels, such as University degree, School certificate, and those without qualifications. Moreover, it illustrates the percentages of the population for such educational levels as expressed across 5 age ranges in the mekko chart and across both genders in the pie charts.
    Overall, the mekko chart shows that people holding a university degree comprise the largest proportion according to age range, except for the one falling under the category of 75 years old and above. Conversely, the pie charts report that people with no qualifications have the largest percentage for both genders.
    Pertaining to the distribution of educational levels across age ranges, there is a greater proportion (71-76%) among individuals holding a university degree as opposed to among those holding no qualification (9%) from the age of 16 until the age of 50. This score among university degree holders dramatically decreases to half of the population among those between the ages of 50-75 until to only a quarter of the population among older people at age 75 and beyond, while such trend is oppositely portrayed among people with no qualifications as they advance in age.
    On the other hand, about the percentage distribution across both genders, there is not much significant difference between the three educational levels. While people with no qualifications comprise the largest percentage of 35% and 38% among both the males and females respectively, school certificate holders come next at 33% among both genders and university degree holders place third only at 29% and 32% among female and male university degree holders respectively.

  20. Babn says

    Thank you soo much liz for giving video lessons on YouTube and for giving soo many practice papers of different sections along with some solved ones to give us the idea . During this lockdown I was worried about how will I prepare for ielts with going to institute’s but now I fell relaxed . Your lessons are quite helpful . Thanks for your support and service . May you live long life full of happiness and joy . God bless you liz

    • I’m glad you found my site and can benefit from my free lessons 🙂 Good luck with your preparation 🙂

  21. Dear Liz,
    I would like to ask you if the writing part is corrected by an examiner or by a machine, a sort of text checker.
    Thank you very much,

    • Only a human being can assess ideas, signposting, coherence etc. The writing test is not just language based. Please go to the band score page on this site and learn more about how writing is marked.

  22. Kulwinder kaur says

    Thanks for providing useful material.
    God bless you.

  23. Hi Liz,
    First of all, Thank you for everything! God bless!
    I’d like to ask you about one thing, here it is:
    Is it appropriate to use symbol ‘ – (minus) ‘ in writing task one as a explanation. For example: The sales of computer increased gradually from 4 to 5 thousands – a rise of 25%.

    Thank you!

    • No, don’t use it. You should be showcasing your grammar: “The sales of computer increased gradually from 4,000 to 5,000, which was a rise of 25%.” This is your chance to use a clause.


    Stay blessed.

  25. Hey Liz ,

    Thank you so much for providing us with materials.

  26. Namrata says

    Hi Liz. My name’s Namrata. Today I completed my speaking assessment. Accordingly, I feel I was not able to do good I was stressed up. And I answered the questions properly but not able to use high words in sentence. I was grammatically good and fair.

  27. I wittness that your word counting is more than as campared to requirement

    • The instructions tell you to write “at least 150 words”. The words “at least” means that 150 words is the minimum – you must write OVER 150 words.

  28. I think that the one is 198 words whereas the word is given only range of 150 words

  29. Chinenye Ajaezu says

    Dear Liz,

    Thank you so much for your good works. I learnt about you from a sister whom through your site’s aid made her IELTS and has gained admission in the UK.
    Kindly check through my solution attempt to the question above and give me corrections.

    The charts illustrate the proportion of people in Glasgow which is a city in Scotland having three academic qualifications (university degree, school certificate and no qualification) in 2010. Furthermore, the classification of people with these qualifications were graded by age and gender.

    Overall, the most popular academic level was the university degree for all ages while the school certificate had the least population. Also, the younger generation were more into the university education as opposed to the older generation who preferred the no qualification. On the other hand, male and female shared a similar fate as regards the educational qualifications as is evident in the little disparity in percentage between the two genders..

    The university education was dominated by the age bracket 16-50 while age 75+ made the least proportion of this degree holders and vice versa. Age 16-24 constituted a high percentage (71%) of university degree holders which rose to the peak of 76% for 24-35 and slightly dropped to 71% for age 35-50 but reduced further to 50% and 25% for ages 50-75 and 75+. Moreover, the no qualification was on the reverse as it’s population peak of 72% was constituted by age 75+, it came down to 30% for age 50-75 and drastically reduced to 9% (constant) for the remaining 3 younger age brackets (16-24, 24-35 and 35-50). The school certificate which was the least popular had the highest population of 20% in the following age brackets (16-24, 35-50 and 50-75), while age 24-35 made 15% and 75+ was only 3%.

    In addition, a rather similar population range for both men and women was reflected in the pie chart which is evident in the very close percentage margin for the academic levels under review. For the school certificate, both gender had the same proportion of 33% while the other two educational qualifications had just 3% margin as disparity for each.

    • Sorry I don’t comment on writing. However, I will say – you are aiming for between 170 and 190 words. Part of the marking criterion of Task Achievement is your ability to select information. This means a lower band score is characterised by someone who gives too much detail. You’ve written over 300 words!!

  30. The bar graph and pie chart illustrates the degree of educational attainment by gender in Glasgow, Scotland in 2019.

    In general, it is evident that people without qualifications was inversely proportional to those that have earned a degree in college and school certificates. In addition to that, apparently males have a higher percentage of earning their university degrees as compared to women.

    The bargraph displays that a majority of people have earned their university degrees in glasgow apart from those aged 75 and above, the level started from 71, had a slight increase to 76 before it constantly declined and ultimately ended up with only 25. People with school certificates began with 20, fell by 5, and remained constant from ages 35 to 75 then plummeted with only 3. People without qualifications seem to increase with age from a constant 9 to a peak of 72 in ages 75 and above.

    Moreover, the piechart shows that men have a Higher percentage of gaining university degrees than women with 32% and 29% respectively. A big chunk of both genders earned their school certificates with 33%. Women in all ages is seen to have a higher percentage of those without qualifications than men with 38% and 35% respectively.  (207)

  31. K.Thanushan says

    Hi madam,
    I wrote the report as it is required, How much band score it is deserved for?

    This bar charts and pie charts illustrates percentage of people in Glagow who have tree different type of education qualification (University degree, School certificate and No qualification) according to the age and gender respectively.

    Overall, the youngest age group( age of 16- 24 and 24-35) have higher percentage of University degree, while oldest people who are in majority of no qualification, and men and women showed analogous proportion in all format of qualification,but there is a little different in percentage.

    Further, more than 70% of people in the age group of 16- 24, 24- 35 and 35- 50 are having University degree, in the mean while 50% is indicated by the age group of 50-75 .However people who are aged more than 75 years old showed 25% University degree.Then this trend is reversed for no qualification in which 9% and 72% for age group of 16-24 and more 75 respectively.School certificate remains pretty much constant as 20% except older people who has 3% .
    Moreover, men and women imply relatively same proportion in every in every qualification but there was 3% different in University degree and no qualification between men and women while school was stable in both.

  32. i write my answer on a word doc and i cant re-type it again how can i send it to you??????????????????/

  33. Harsh Patel says

    well, there is a mistake in third para, it should be- ‘aged 50-75’, and second mistake in last para- slightly to ‘slight’

  34. Vibhor Gogia says

    Hi Liz

    Thanks for this beneficiary tool.
    I heard that the words which are used once are not counted again?

    Looking for a revert

  35. Hrisely says

    Hi Liz,
    How the words are count? (I mean I, a, it, is, this, of… and numbers are counted like words?)
    Thanks for your lessons!

  36. Nikhil says

    Can we use this abbreviation “i.e.,” to explain?

  37. Sheeja P John says

    Thank you, Liz.
    just now I found your website. I feel, I have a guide now.
    God Bless You for doing this amazing work

  38. Hi Liz,
    Thanks for the wonderful tips,
    just a quick question, I am a little bit confused here! In the above sample the writer has given an overall view in paragraph 2 and then the details in following paragraphs. is this a correct practice? I thought we put the summary in the last paragraph. I would appreciate if you clarify that.

  39. Hi Liz, can I get a link of IELTS exam pass papers in 2018 plz…

  40. Muhammed says

    Dear Liz,
    It is written in the brackets of paragraph 3 “(9% in younger people rising to 75% in the oldest age group)”. Shouldn’t it be 72% as it is shown in the bar chart or Do I get something wrong?

    Thanks a lot for your help,

  41. Han Xiang says

    Hi Liz,
    can I confirm that using brackets like yours will not be penalized/ignored?
    Thanks in advance!

  42. I saw your last sentence using (didn’t have). I thought (did not have) was the only sentence would be accepted by examiner compared to didn’t have.

    • Please read the page above carefully. The page is about spotting mistakes and the answers are given below the model answer.

  43. Thanks Liz for your good work.
    In the writing the tasks on the writing sheets, do we have to leave a line line between paragraphs

  44. Hello Liz,
    Thanks for such a wonderful and helpful website. I want to know that is this necessary that we have to include all the percentages or numbers mentioned in the graph for a various property during our writing. like do we have to provide numbers/percentages of all the properties mention in the graph. or just we have to mention the percentages/number of the extreme values.


    • You can’t ignore a category. But whether you will present all data relating to that category is something you decide when you look at the chart or table. You must decide if you will present it all or if you will group information together.

  45. Dear Liz, could you please advise whether it is critical to use the printed letters instead of capital when writing an essey?

  46. Good evening teacher
    I have a question is the pie chart and the bar graph the same ? I need to know

    Salem Alkaabi

  47. Muhammad kashif says

    Why can’t we use contractions in writing task ?

  48. Padmini says

    For eg if 2 different graphs are given with one pie chart describing the trends in 2000 and another table describing trends in 2005 then can we compare this pie chart and table and write a body paragraph???

  49. Aditya Darak says

    Hello liz,
    I think that in first line itself there is a mistake, it should have been ‘illustrates’ instead of ‘illustrate’, right?
    And one more thing, while writing in paragraphs, each para should start on next line with some space left blank at starting of the the para right?

  50. Hussain Khan says

    I really appreciate your effort.
    Thank you very much.

  51. faculty faculty says

    thanks Liz.

  52. Harkirat says

    I want to know that is your practice test are according to every country order or its related to uk conditions because my ilets tution teacher is suggesting me to write conclusion in task1????

    • The examiner is looking for an overview in task 1 and a conclusion in task 2. This is clearly defined in the band score descriptors published by IELTS which is the same for every country and has never changed.

      • Harkirat says

        Thankyou .

      • Ismael Jr. Thuco says

        I know that stating an overview in the middle of the essay is completely wrong, but does writing the overview in the last paragraph rather than the second affect the band score?

        • You can put the overview after the introduction or at the end – both places are fine.

  53. Vanessa says

    Hi Liz,
    I have been told by my tutor that the overall is written at the end, as the last paragraph, but i see here that you always write it after the introduction.
    Could you tell me which way is right?

    Thanks very much.

    • In IELTS, you are marked on a logical order of information. In writing task 1, you can present your key features after the introduction or at the end of the report. It is more logical to present key features before smaller details. However, both locations are accepted by IELTS.

  54. Samira says

    Hello Liz. Firstly, thank you so much for all the content that you share. It is all so useful.
    Secondly :-), I would like to know if I can write first the writing task 2 and second the writing task 1. Thank you so much.

    • You can use the one hour as you wish. It is your time to manage. If you want to do task 2 first, you can. I personally don’t recommend it because students tend to use too much time on task 2 and then don’t have enough time on task 1. But this is your test and you decide what works for you 🙂

    • Ismael Jr. Thuco says

      I find task 2 easier than task 1, and it is worth a higher score I think. So I’m doing task 2 first.

  55. nouns should be written in capital or what in ielts listening

    • You can use capital letters in any way you want in listening – they are not marked at all.

  56. Doaa Sami says

    Hi, Liz 🙂 I think there is a mistake in the 2nd paragraph “the majority of people with university education were”. I suggest it is “was” because the subject is just a proportion or percentage “majority”, Right?

  57. Aliya Arif says

    Dear Liz,
    Many thanks for your informative and inspirational insights into the IELTS. While going through your comments on the grammatical error on a paragraph; I realized that we’ve been using short forms of negation since ages. Such as didn’t instead of did not, shouldn’t instead of should not etc etc. So, will it lead to marks deduction in IELTS? Thank you for your answer so that I may not do this mistake.

    • I think you are referring to using contractions, for example it is = it’s. You can use contractions in speaking – it’s a good idea because they are a pronunciation features and will help your score. However, you should NOT use them in IELTS writing.

      • Keerthi Shetty says

        Thank you so much. I did not know that. From your classes on speaking session i gained a knowledge regarding use of didn’t isn’t i’d to improve the band score…. But here its other way round. Thanku so much liz

        • Me, too! I only know it recently and had used contractions in my writing for many years when none of my teachers at school mentioned this kind of mistakes. They are even in model answers on our high school papers. OMG…

  58. tracey says

    Thank you so much, Liz, you are indeed a great help to all of us trying to pass the IELTS. I am very much convinced that with a lot of practice, getting techniques from the experts like you and with God’s favor, according to His will, we will pass. We may not pay you dear, but the Lord who sees your kindness will reward you thousand folds.

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment. I really appreciate it 🙂 Lots of luck in your test !! 🙂

  59. Dayat says

    Hi Liz.

    I want to ask about the words in this task 1.
    Aren’t 198 words too many for task 1?

    • Most task 1 will be between 170 and 190 words. There is no upper limit but you don’t want to add too much detail. And certainly lower level students should not aim for a longer report.

  60. First of all, I would say many thanks for your useful guidance.
    Could you please tell me, what kind of tense is better to use for writing task 1?!
    Can we use perfect tense for this part?!

    • You use appropriate tenses. Past tense for charts in the past, present tense when no dates are given. You use passive voice or perfect tenses only when they are right and appropriate to use.

  61. When I watch your video or navigate through your website, I become very hopeful. The moment I watch a video from British council I become anxious and feels a sense of doom.

  62. Tünde Lagler says

    Dear Liz,
    I would give some feedback on my answer version that I know what it is because of a wish a good score.

    The two graphs tell us about education levels by varieties of age and gender in Glasgow, in Scotland, in 2010. The pie chart shows the separation of the gender. The list of figures presents the age difference. We can see that the range of gender is very balanced though the figures of age is contrary to.

    About one third of people finished University and belongs to the ca. 73% of working-aged part and to the half of the 50 to 75 years old ones, do not speak of the one fourth of the group of more than 75. The second third of the people has got scholar certificate and they belong to the 20% of all ages, except the 3% of the more than 75. The third 30% has no qualification and is 16 to 75 years old.

    We can say that the younger people recognise the importance of the learning and the woman can be able to keep pace with the men in the world of education.

    • Avoid using “we”. Don’t use “the graph tells us” use “the graph illustrates”. Also make sure you start your overview with “Overall” – it helps the examiner locate your overview statement.

      • Tünde Lagler says

        Thank you, Liz for your sent feedback. I shall use ‘I should say that the younger…’ instead of we, and at the begining the ‘overall’ to help the examiner put my survey statement and won’t write ‘tell’ rather illustrate or show. Thank you again.

        Could you say circa how many scores I should receive for my original answer and the corrected one?

        • Don’t write “I should say that” – you don’t add opinions. Task 1 is not an essay. It is a report where you present the data provided. “Overall, younger people …”

    • Jyles says

      The charts illustrate the proportion of people in Glasgow with different levels of education. This proportion is divided on the basis of age and gender.

      The percentage of people with university degree was up to 73% among the younger age group. This was 50% with 50-75 age group and 25% with people above the age of 75. The percentage of school education was between 15-20 with the youngest age group and those ages 50-75. This figure was as low as 3% with those ages above 75. In the category of people with no qualifications, this trend was reversed, in which younger age groups recorded 9%, those with 50-75 had 30% and 72% for the oldest.

      The proportion of education levels of men and women in all the three categories was more or less similar. The rate of school education was 33% among both the genders. 32% of men and 29% women were graduates with a university degree. As far as the unqualified are concerned, women outnumbered men with 38 – 35%.

      Overall, people with a university degree were the highest among youngsters, while majority of the elderly were unqualified. When it comes to gender,both the group had almost more or less equal level of education.

  63. Anshul Garg says

    Hi Ma’am,

    It’s is going to be helpful for those who are going to sit in IELTS now and then.

  64. Dr Nasarulla Babajan says

    Thanks so much Liz.I am able to clear IELTS with desired results in my 1st attempt itself.I didnt expect doing so.I followed your tips and advises .Didnt experiment too much.Particularly in writing task.I was very poor but just followed your guidance.I also had purchased access to your essay videos.
    My results
    Listening 8.5 Speaking 8.5
    Reading 7.5 Writing 7.5
    Overall 8
    Thank you very much

  65. Laskhan says

    Hi Liz,
    There are teachers giving various advices on writing tasks, some tells we need to write a summery after task one, some tells “No i am updated…, dont write a summery, what should i do? As IELTS check english , will it change the band score weather i write the summery or not?

    • Read the band score descriptors which IELTS have published. They clearly show that the examiner is looking for an overview in task 1 and a conclusion in task 2.

    • Ismael Jr. Thuco says

      Yep. It says “presents a clear overview.”

  66. Marc Micu says

    Hi Liz,

    Thanks for your guide and information. It helped me a lot on my IELTS exam however I didn’t do well on reading. Can I still take another exam? And how will my 1st take affect my 2nd take where I only need to pass is the Reading.

    Thank you and keep inspiring us..


    • When you take the test again, you will get all new results. This means that you might get lower or higher in any part of the test. Some students get 6.5 in writing in one test but only 6 in the second test. After the second test, you will have two test results. You can chose which set of results to use for your future.

  67. Pradeep Reddy says

    Hi madam, I started watching your video lesson and trying to reduce of making mistakes. Those videos are really helpful. Am very thankful for your tips and advises… I have a question im my mind i.e about general test writing task 1 question types. can u give details please.

  68. Is there any one willing(for free) to evaluate my essay ? I am not confident on my writing skill, and i have only 1 month for the preparation of my ielts exam. I must have an ielts score of 6.5+ to be admitted in the university which i plan to apply. any suggestion and tips ? thanks

  69. Gustavo Erivan says

    Last line of 2nd paragraph: different -> difference

  70. Mandeep kaur says

    Hii mam,
    My comments are not showing at your site
    What can i do else to contact you??

  71. john chisenga says

    Thank you very much liz for your well crafted lessons.You are my heroine.Since i started following lessons,my level of confidence has risen dramatically.God bless yu.

  72. Thanks Liz, it was so nice of you teaching in best method with more kindness,

  73. In paragraph A, should it be …”but was as low as 3% among the over 75s” ? I mean should we add the word “among”?

    • Using the word “among” would be excellent and would, in fact, improve the sentence. Well done!

  74. Sanjida says

    this task came in 3rd December exam in UK

  75. Hi mam
    I am constant listener of your video classes, it is really worthy. My speaking test was on 4th & cue card was : a gift you presented to someone.
    my LRW is on 10th, please keep me on prayers.
    Thank you.

  76. The proportion of men and women in each level of education was. = The proportions of men and women in each level of education were – it must be like this I think.

  77. As an ielts learner I have choosen you.Happy now for not wasting my time.How nice to see new writing tasks and the mistakes in order to practise visually…Thanks Liz.You are really one of the best teachers I have ever seen…

  78. in paragraph 4= didn’t=did not

    • Very well spotted !! 🙂

      • Thank you Liz and many thanks for your big job which you do! All available materials which I read on this website are really helpful. Moreover, I think that you use a unique method which inspires and motivates many people)

  79. Moraima Cano Valdez says

    Thank you very much. I did the task and it was very similar to me. Thank you for your feedback.
    I will take my next test next month

  80. Harpreet says

    Hi Liz , my test was on 3 dec . Melbourne . Task 1 bar chart top ten sports in1986and 2005 . 2 task advantages of travel .. Speaking on photograph . And funny moment on laugh . Reading history of writting on clay or stone 2 ,3 paragraph not remamber thank u

  81. Japan is Rajakaruna says

    Wonderful, how did you get that paper. I sat on 3 Dec. I had the same one for part 1???

  82. Natalija says

    Thank you, Liz!
    I’m very grateful that I found your web, because your work is excellent.

  83. Amit Chaudhary says

    Thank you so much mam!
    It’s very impressive answer.

  84. Mohammad Imran says

    Thanks mem

  85. Thanks a lot

  86. Reda Mohamed says

    Thanks alot

  87. Thank you very much for your immeasurable service this website
    Im going to sit on saturday again

  88. sandeep says

    Hello mam . Thxs a lot to provide such a knowledge which conductive for us

  89. Lathika says

    Thanks a lot

  90. in 2010. Information is divided into five age groups
    Is= was

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