Full Model Answer to Bar Chart Lesson

Creating a Model Answer for IELTS writing task 1.

Many students asked me to write a full model answer for this bar chart which was used in my lessons last week.

Below you will find 10 sentences. Put them in order to create a high band score model answers.

Source of Bar Chart: https://www.english-in-chester.co.uk

IELTS Bar Chart Model: Sentence Ordering

Put the sentences in order to make a full answer. Download Sentences: bar chart model lesson

  • A) Teenagers spent 25 hours on watching television in 2002 which increased to almost 40 hours in the final year.
  • B) The other pursuits showed a decrease in hours, except watching DVD’s which fluctuated.
  • C) Going to pubs and discos, watching TV and shopping all showed an increase in the number of hours teenagers spent on these activities.
  • D) The bar chart illustrates how many hours adolescents in Chester spent on seven activities each week between 2002 and 2007.
  • E) While teenagers occupied 10 hours doing homework in 2002, this figure dropped to just over 5 in 2007.
  • F) The number of hours teenagers dedicated to watching DVD’s was only 10 hours in first and final years, but reached a peak of over 15 hours in  2004 and 2005.
  • G) Overall, the most popular activity over the period given was watching TV, whereas bowling was the least favourite.
  • H) Bowling was under 5 hours throughout the entire period declining by about 4 hours in total.
  • I) Both going to pubs and discos, and shopping more than doubled in hours from over 5 to over 15 and from over 5 to exactly 15 respectively.
  • J) Playing sport fell more dramatically from 10 hours to around 3 hours.

Notice how many sentences are used to create a full model answer. IELTS writing task 1 does not require many sentences. There are NO fixed number of sentences for writing task 1, but you can see that you do not need many to write a high score answer.

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D, G, C, B, A, I, E, J, H, F

The bar chart illustrates how many hours adolescents in Chester spent on seven activities each week between 2002 and 2007.

Overall, the most popular activity over the period given was watching TV, whereas bowling was the least favourite. Going to pubs and discos, watching TV and shopping all showed an increase in the number of hours teenagers spent on these activities. The other pursuits showed a decrease in hours, except watching DVD’s which fluctuated.

Teenagers spent 25 hours on watching television in 2002 which increased to almost 40 hours in the final year. Both going to pubs and discos, and shopping more than doubled in hours from over 5 to over 15 and from over 5 to exactly 15 respectively.

While teenagers occupied 10 hours doing homework in 2002, this figure dropped to just over 5 in 2007. Playing sport fell more dramatically from 10 hours to around 3 hours. Bowling was under 5 hours throughout the entire period declining by about 4 hours in total. The number of hours teenagers dedicated to watching DVD’s was only 10 hours in first and final years, but reached a peak of over 15 hours in 2004 and 2005.

Word count = 194 (you do not need to write the word count in your test)

Paragraphing Tips

  • It is possible that the last sentence about DVD’s could be written as a separate paragraph.
  • Always have an introduction and overview. They must be separate statements.
  • Always divide your body paragraphs into two (or sometimes three) paragraphs.
  • Your body paragraphs should be logical and help to highlight similarities and differences.
  • Learn an empty line between paragraphs to make them clear and easy to see. This is not a requirements, it is a recommendation. If your paragraphs are not easy to see, your score might be lower.

 

All the best, Liz

 

Comments

  1. Kerolos Faltas says

    Hello liz, kindly check my answer for this take and guide me to know the areas of improvement i should practice.
    Thanks for everything you are doing for us.

    The bar chart illustrates how many hours weekly spent by adolescents on seven activities ( going to pubs/discos, watching TV, shopping, doing homework, doing sports, watching DVDs and playing bowling )in Chester over 6 years from 2002 to 2007.

    Overall, watching television was the most popular activity over the given period, whereas the bowling activity was the least one. Watching Tv, going to pubs/discos, shopping and going to pubs/discos all showed increase in the number of hours was spent by teenagers. Other activities showed decrease in the number of the hours except watching DVDs which fluctuated.

    Adolescents spent 25 hours watching television in 2002 and 2003 then this number gradually increased to 30 hours in 2004 and peaked in 2007 by 37 hours. On the other hand shopping figures showed modest increase from 6 hours in 2002 to 15 hours in 2006 then plateaued in 2007 as well as going to pubs/discos depicted 8 hours in 2002 and gradually increased to 12 hours in 2004 then plateaued for 3 successive years and surged at the end of this by 19 hours.

    Doing homework activity showed modestly decrease from around 12 hours to 7 hours in 2007 whereas doing sport plummeted from 10 hours to around 3 hours weekly in the same year. Bowling was below 5 hours within the whole period and dipped to 1 hour in the final year

  2. Hello Lisa,
    Thank you for your help and support. I have started watching your videos recently. I feel writing is bit more difficult. Could you please guide me on the below essay.

    The bar chart provides with the information for the teenagers carrying out different activities (going to pubs or discos, watching television, shopping, homework, sports, watching DVDs and bowling) from the years 2002 till 2007. The unit is measured in the number of hours per week.
    Overall, the most popular activity among the teenagers is watching television while the bowling remains the least popular in all the years. Additionally, certain activities have gradually decreased as the years passed by namely, doing homework, sports and bowling.
    Pubs, watching television, shopping and watching DVDs have seen a considerable amount of increase with the years passing by with the peak of year 2007 for pubs and discos which showed a sudden increase of about 17 hours in a week.
    Watching DVDs also has a volatile increase It showed a gradual increase till the year 2004 and later with significant decrease to almost 10 hours of a week.

  3. The bar graph demonstrates details regarding the number of hours that teenagers spent weekly in doing different kinds of activities in Chester from 2002 to 2007.Generally it can be seen that there was an increase in the length of time that teenagers spent on going to pubs/discos so as with watching television and shopping over the given periods.However doing homework,sports and bowling experienced a decline in popularity while watching DVDS fluctuated in the amount of time spent.Watching television became the most favourite pastime having the most number of hours spent in contrast with bowling which was the least preffered activity.
    In detail it is apparent that the amount of time spent in watching television stood at 25 hrs in the first 2 years.The figure rose up to peak at about 30 hrs in the final year.Similarly,going to pubs/discs and shopping more than doubled in the number of hours spent from 5 to over 15 and from over 5 to exactly 15 respectively.
    Meanwhile, the amount of time spent on making homework and playing sports experienced a decline from 12 hrs to 7 hrs and 10 hrs to 3 hrs respectively over the the 6-year period so as with bowling from 4 hrs in the beginning to at least 1 hr in the final year.
    On the other hand ,the number of hours spent for watching dvds stood at 10 hrs for both initial and last year but experienced to peak at 18 hrs in 2004.

  4. Can you change adolescents to teenagers

  5. What a blessed teacher Liz..

  6. The bar chart illustrates that how many hours adolescents in Chester utilised on seven activities each week between 2002 and 2007.

    Overall, teenagers dedicated their maximum hours for watching television which was their favourite activity, whereas bowling was their least favourite.

    It is clearly seen that teenagers spent 25 hours for watching television in 2002 but after five years it was at peak level of almost 40 hours. Both going to pubs/discos and shopping, juveniles occupied over 5 to over 15 and over 5 to exact 15 respectively. There was also a one activity which was bowling, it was under 5 hours throughout the entire period declining by about 4 hours in 2007.

    In addition, adolescents utilised their more than 10 hours for doing school work in 2002 but, with small changes in next years, it decreased by 6 hours in 2007. 10 hours spent by juveniles in 2002 but after dramatic drop it was just 3 hours. Utilisted time on watching DVDs was 10 hours in 2002 but after fluctuation in hours it was again at same rank in 2007.

    Mam plz check my mistakes and give me band score plzzzz ……bcz I am preparing my exam at home

  7. should i leave a space (about 1 cm) before each topic sentence

    • You can either indent your first word of the paragraph or you can leave one line empty between paragraphs. I prefer the second option because it is easier for the examiner.

  8. The provided bar graph demonstrates the total time spent by the adolescents on seven different activities each week from year 2002 to 2007.

    Overall, the activities where the teenagers spent plenty of time were going to pubs/disco, watching television, and shopping. While on the other hand doing homeworks, playing sports, and bowling were the least preferred activities by the adolescents. However, the hours spent in bowling fluctuates each year.

    The Juveniles spend 25 hours watching television in the year 2002 which was increased in the final year (2008). Meanwhile, going to pubs/discos teenagers spent above 5 hours in 2002 which remained stable in the next 3 years (2004,2005,2006 respectively) with approximately 12 hours in this activity (pubs/discos) that follows having a rapid hours of growth in year 2007. Same as going shopping, the adolescents spent more than 5 hours in 2004 which was increased in the final year.

    Moreover, teenagers spent 10 hours doing their assignments in year 2002 which dropped nearly 6 hours by year 2007. Similarly in playing sports which dramatically decreased from 10 hours to approximately 2 hours by the final year. Meanwhile the bowling activity always had least hours spent by the juveniles which remained less than 5 hours from 2002 to 2007. The number of youngsters that watched Digital VideoDisc reached approximately 10 hours in the first and final year and increased above 15 hours in year 2004-2005.

  9. Satnam sohal says

    Hi Liz, although it’s a very high band scoring answer but why didn’t you use any connective word in body paragraphs

    • Linking words used: Overall, whereas, while, but. In a short report, that is actually reasonable. To add more, you could use “Furthermore, In addition”. Using any more would be an over-use of linking words which would lower your score. You don’t need a linking word in each sentences. There are only 10 sentences, this model answer used 4. If you use 6, that’s great.

  10. D-G-C-B-A-H-I-E-J-F

  11. Vitaly Gurtskaya says

    My guess is: D- intro,
    G and B – overview,
    C,I,A,E – BP 1,
    B,J,H,F – BP 2.

  12. Introduction: D
    Overview: G
    Body Paragraph 1: C,I, A, E
    Body Paragraph 2: B, F,J, H

  13. Guna Raj Nepal says

    Good stuff for writing, Liz! Thank you!

  14. Thuy Dung says

    D-G-C-I-A-E-J-H-B-F

  15. Oge-ukachu Ify says

    Introduction -D
    Overview-G
    Paragraph 1-A C I F
    Paragraph 2-E HI B

  16. D G C B A I E J F H

  17. Oge-ukachu Ify says

    Introduction-D
    Overview-G H
    Paragraph 1,B,C,I,F
    paragraph 2, E,H,J
    Conclusion, B

  18. The bar chart illustrates how many hours adolescents in Chester spent on seven activities each week between 2002 and 2007. Overall, the most popular activity over the period given was watching TV, whereas bowling was the least favourite.

    Going to pubs and discos, watching TV and shopping all showed an increase in the number of hours teenagers spent on these activities. The other pursuits showed a decrease in hours, except watching DVD’s which fluctuated.

    Teenagers spent 25 hours on watching television in 2002 which increased to almost 40 hours in the final year. While teenagers occupied 10 hours doing homework in 2002, this figure dropped to just over 5 in 2007. The number of hours teenagers dedicated to watching DVD’s was only 10 hours in first and final years, but reached a peak of over 15 hours in 2004 and 2005. Both going to pubs and discos, and shopping more than doubled in hours from over 5 to over 15 and from over 5 to exactly 15 respectively. Playing sport fell more dramatically from 10 hours to around 3 hours. Bowling was under 5 hours throughout the entire period declining by about 4 hours in total.

  19. Clotildah says

    D G C E I F B J A H

    The bar chart illustrates how many hours adolescents in Chester spent on seven activities each week between 2002 and 2007.

    Overall, the most popular activity over the period given was watching T.v whereas bowling was the least favorite.

    Going to pubs and discos, watching T.v and shopping all showed an increase in the number of hours teenagers spent on these activities While teenagers occupied 10 hours doing homework in 2002 this figure dropped to just 5 in 2007. Both going to pubs and discos and shopping more than doubled in hours from 5 to over 15 and from over 5 to exactly 15 respectively. The number of hours teenagers dedicated to watching DVDs was only 10 hours in the first and final years, but reached a peak of over 15 hours in 2004 and 2005. The other pursuits showed a decrease in hours, except watching DVDs which fluctuated. Playing sport fell more dramatically from 10 to around 3hours.

    Teenagers spent 25 hours on watching Television in 2002 which increased to almost 40 hours in the final year. Bowling was under 5 hours throughout the entire period decling by about 4 hours in total.

  20. Clotildah says

    D G C E I F B J A H

  21. D C I A E J H B F G

  22. Angus Fayia Tengbeh says

    The bar chart illustrates how many hours adolescent in Chester spent on seven activities each week between 2002 and 2007.

    Overall, the most popular activity over the given period was watching TV, whereas bowling was the least favourite.
    Going to the pubs and discos, watching TV and shopping all showed an increase in the number of hours teenagers spent on these activities. Both going to pubs and discos, and shopping more than doubled in hours from over 5 to over 15 and from over 5 to exactly 15 respectively. Teenagers spent 25 hours on watching television in 2002 which increased to almost 40 hours in the final year.
    While teenagers occupied 10 hours doing homework in 2002, this figure dropped to just over 5 in 2007. The other pursuits showed a decrease in hours, except watching DVD’s which fluctuated. The number of hours teenagers dedicated to watching DVD’s was only 10 hours in first and final years, but reached a peak of over 15 hours in 2004 and 2005. Bowling was under 5 hours throughout the entire period declining by about 4 hours in total. Playing sport fell more dramatically from 10 hours to around 3 hours.

  23. According to my opinion, the correct order is D, G, C, B, A, I, E, J, F.

    1. Introduction (D)
    The bar chart illustrates how many hours adolescent in Chester spent on seven activities each year between 2002 and 2007.

    2. Overview (G, C, B)
    Overall, the most popular activity over the period given was watching TV, whereas bowling was the least favorite. Going to pubs and discos, watching TV and shopping all showed an increase in the number of hours teenagers spent on these activities. the other pursuits showed a decrease in hours, except watching DVD’s which fluctuated.

    3. Body Paragraph 1: Categories that increased over time (A, I)
    Teenagers spent 25 hours on watching television in 2002 which increased to almost 40 hours in the final year. Both going to pubs and discos and shopping more than double in hours from over 5 to over 15 and from over 5 to exactly 15 respectively.

    4. Body Paragraph 2: Categories that decreased over time (E, J)
    While teenagers occupied 10 hours doing homework in 2002, this figure dropped to just over 5 in 2007. Playing sport fell more dramatically from 10 hours to around 3 hours.

    5. Body Paragraph 3: Category that fluctuated (F) *)
    The number of hours teenagers dedicated to watching DVD’s was only 10 hours in the first and final year but reached a peak of over 15 hours in 2004 and 2005.

    *) Note: Body Paragraph 3 can also be added at the end of Body Paragraph 2.

  24. Amarachi Okonkwo says

    The bar chart illustrates how many hours adolescents in Chester spent on seven activities each week between 2002 and 2007. Overall, the most popular activity over the period was watching TV, whereas howling was the least favourite.

    Teenagers spent 25 hours on watching television in 2002 which increased to almost 4 hours in the final year. Going to pubs and discos, watching TV and shopping all showed an increase in the number of hours teenagers spent on these activities. Both going to pubs and discos, and shopping more than doubled in hours from over 5 to over 15 and from over 5 to exactly 15 respectively. The number of teenagers dedicated to watching DVD’s was only 10 hours in first and final years, but reached a peak of over 15 hours in 2004 and 2005.

    The other pursuits showed a decrease in hours, except watching DVD’s which fluctuated. While teenagers occupied 10 hours doing homework in 2002, this figure dropped to just over 5 in 2007. Playing sport fell more dramatically from 10 hours to around 3 hours. Bowling was around 5 hours throughout the entire period declining by about 4 hours in total.

  25. D
    CAI
    BFEJH
    G

  26. D-C-A-I-B-F-E-J-H-G

  27. Blessing Fijabi says

    The bar chart illustrates how many hours adolescents in chester spend on seven activities each week between 2002 and 2007.
    Teenagers spent 25 hours on watching television in 2002 which increased to almost 40 hours in the final year. While teenagers occupied 10 hours doing homework in 2002, this figure dropped to just over 5 in 2007.
    The other pursuits showed a decreased in hours except watching DVD’s which fluctuated. The number of hours teenagers dedicated to watching DVD’s was only 10hours in first and final years , but reached a peak of over 15 hours in 2004 and 2005.
    Going to pubs and discos, watching TV and shopping all showed an increased in the number of hours teenagers spent on these activities. Playing sports feel more dramatically from 10hours to around 3 hours.
    Overall, the most popular activity over the period given was watching TV, whereas bowling was the least favourite.

  28. D,G,A,C,I,E,H,J and F

  29. Okey Chidinma Rita says

    D,G,A,C,F,I,B,E, and J

  30. D C I A F H B E J G

  31. D,C,E,F,J,H,G

  32. D,C,B,I,A,E,J,F,H,G

  33. introduction:D
    Overview:GCB
    Body para 1:AE(using linking words )
    body para2:IBJ(using linking words), then JH as final sentence.
    organisation:DGCBAEIBJJH

  34. Thulani Nleya says

    The bar chart illustrates how many hours adolescents in chester spent on seven activities each week between 2002 and 2007 .

    Overall , the most popular activity over the period given was watching TV , whereas bowling was the least favourite .

    Going to pubs and discos , watching TV and shopping all showed an increase in the number of hours teenagers spent on these activities . Teenagers pent 25 hours on watching TV in 2002 which increased to almost 40 hours in the final year . Both going to pubs and discos ,and hopping more than doubled in hours from over 5 to over 15 and from 5 to exactly 15 respectively . The number of hours teenagers dedicated to watching DVDs was only 10 hours in first and finally years , but reached apes of over 5 hours in 2004 and 2005 .

    The other pursuits showed a decrease in hours , except watching DVDs which fluctuated .While teenagers occupied 10 hours doing Homework in 2002 , this figure dropped to just over 5 in 2007 . Bowling was under 5 hours throughout the entire period declining by about 4 hours in total . Playing sport fell more dramatically from 10 hours to around 3 hours .

  35. Fayza akter says

    D,C,B,I,A,J,E,F,H,G

  36. D,G,E,F,A,H,I,J

  37. Ramandeep Kaur says

    A) 2007
    B) year 2007
    C) 73 hours
    D)watching TV in 2007
    E) yes
    F) yes
    G) 2007
    H) year 2002
    I) from2002 to 2007
    J) from2002 to 2007

  38. Anunkor Chisom says

    D G C I B F E J A H. Thank u Liz for this exercise on task 1. Expecting the model answer tmrw

  39. D, C, A, I, B, J, H, E, F, G

  40. D,C,B,A,I,E,J,H,F,G

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