IELTS Model Bar Chart Band Score 9

Last up-dated 2018. The model answer below is for an IELTS bar chart in writing task 1 of the academic paper. This model answer comes from the video tutorial I made, see the following link: Free Video Tutorial:  How to Describe an IELTS bar chart

IELTS Bar Chart

Bar Chart Model

Source: Bar chart above from unknown source.

IELTS Bar Chart Sample Answer

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

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

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

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

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


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  1. You are so cute mam. I think I m falling love with your assent . Thanks you for giving us such a knowledge about IELTS … I love you mam

  2. I got the Cambridge guide to Ielts for my self study. In the writing section they have strictly mentioned that task 1 should have a maximum of 150 words and task 2 of 250 words. But here in your model answer the words are more than 200. I guess they have updated it. Just wanted you to know that.

    And I even have a question. You said they count the currency symbol as a word so what about ),( and % ?.

    • You need to check the instructions again. The instructions are “no less than 150 words”. 150 words for task 1 is a minimum – not the maximum.

  3. Hello mam,
    I think so word limit is exceeding

  4. Mohamed Radwan says

    Hello Miss less hope you are good
    I have a doubt
    Can we use side topics or side headings such as introduction explanation for overview and finally for conclusion like this?

    • All task 1 reports and task 2 essays should be written exactly as shown in my model answers. If I don’t use headings, you don’t use headings.

  5. Hi Liz,

    i’m not sure, if we can use the British and the French, since there are also foreigners live or travel and buy something as souvenirs there, like book and perfume. The chart only ilustrates the amount of money spent on consumer goods in two countries, without dividing the consumer. What do you think?

  6. But UK and Britain are not the same, Britain along with Northern Ireland is a part of UK so you can not call the people of whole UK British.
    Does that effect the score though?

    • You are confusing “English” and “British”. The nationality of all people in the UK is British. They are all British citizens. However, people from England call themselves English and people from Scotland call themselves Scottish – regardless – they are still legally British citizens – that is their formal nationality. If you are unsure of nationalities, please review them carefully for task 1.

  7. Hi dear Lis

    isnt it wrong using on the other hand without mentioning on one hand?

    • IT is completely fine to do that. It’s fine to use “on the other hand” without “on the one hand”. But you can’t use “on the one hand” without “on the other hand”.

  8. Greeting, liz!

    thank you for remarkable example for wrting task 1 but i have one question. If i followed this method exactly like what you did for the concept. Will i acquire a 9 score for sure?


    • Your score is based on Task Achievement (the key features you choose and how you group information), Coherence & Cohesion, Vocabulary and Grammar. So, just following a structure is only one part of one criterion. You must show skills in all four areas and have excellent language skills to get band 9.

  9. Dear Liz, quick question. The last paragraph looks a bit long without any comma or full stop. It’s that OK?

    • I’m not sure which paragraph you are referring to. The last paragraph is:

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

      It has three sentences in it. Is this the paragraph you mean?

  10. Joytree Roy says

    Greetings, Liz!
    Is it necessary to begin the overview with the word ‘overall’? Is there no other alternative?


  11. Hello Liz
    I’m Hamid and I’m an English teacher.
    I really find your tips and videos very useful and perfect.

  12. Hi Liz, I just wanted to thank you for your effort.
    I used your website for a week to study and I must say the content is very useful. I did the test today and I feel really good about it. I will get the results in 2 weeks.

  13. Hi Liz!

    Thank you for your lectures and lessons. They are indeed very helpful for my review on the IELTS. Hope you’ll have more lessons to post. More power :):)


  14. Thanks for your useful tips Liz! Lots of love from Nepal 🇳🇵

  15. khayal wazir says

    Hello mam .i am from Afghanistan i love to watch your vedios about ilets .i learned lots of thing from you.You are the best tutor for me.Thanks for sharing and developing such a huge techniques for the people.Stay happy.

  16. Mam in starting I think IELTS is a uphill task for me but after watched your you tube channel I feel great and now I improve my writing task skill
    You are soo gorgeous and your smile💝

  17. Mam I think you are the best tutor for IELTS

  18. Charanjeet singh says

    You are respected teacher forever. I really thank you to provide ilets preparation material. I wish you live long life.
    Thankyouuuu so much


    This chart illustrates the consumption of customers for both France and UK
    in terms of 5 categories. Namely, cars, computers, books, perfume and cameras
    using pounds sterling as currency in the year 2010.

    The highest commodity was cars which is around $460,000 in the UK in contrast to
    France which is lesser than $60k. It is also worth mentioning that both countries
    seems to have lesser interest in perfume products which only reaches to $200k
    for French people and around 140k for the British.

    On the other hand we can see that the French tends to buy more computers than the UK. In fact it
    reach the ceiling of around $380k, whereas in the UK it only projects $350k. With regards
    to books 400k was the recorded total amount of spending in the UK which is significantly higher
    than France that had only committed around $300k. Ultimately, its quite evident to notice that
    cameras was on its high peak which sky rockets upto $350k in the UK and drastically had a big difference from
    France which only portrays $150k.

    how about mine? this is my first writing in preparation for ielts exam

  20. Diwas niraula says

    U have written The France in last paragraph third line.. Which looks confusing compare to other paragraph

    • I have not written “the France” in the last paragraph. I have written “the French” in the last paragraph. Please read these models more carefully.

  21. Hi Liz,

    You have used “the” before UK and not before France what is the reason?

  22. srinivas jakhar says

    why you used “was” instead of were
    foe example ,least amount of money was spent
    we should use were

  23. Muhammad Affaq says

    Hello Teacher. Hope this comment finds you in good health.
    You are incredibly amazing. Your accent. They way you teach. The language you use. The vocabulary you utter. Its perfect. It really is. I am glad i find you in time. Thankyou so much for helping.

    In the Overview and in Paragraph you have enclosed data in parenthesis. My question is, that the examiner would count the whole (Parenthesis) sentence as one or whole words will be count?
    Please help me out here.

  24. Hi, thank you so much for the sample answers from Hong Kong!
    So this is constantly on my mind, not sure if someone asked this already. (Sorry but there’s just too many enthusiastic people out here!)
    Will I be penalized in IELTS Writitng Task 1 if I mentioned every single data from the bar graph / pie chart / table. Would examiner treat it as redundancy? Should I instead always try to group up data and present them in average values?

  25. can i write one paragraph for UK and one for France instead of writing like this

  26. hello mam,
    thank you very much for sharing that much information thank you again.


    • I NEVER said that. There are many linking words that can be used and not all sentences should start with a linking word.

  28. Hello, Liz.
    Thank you so much for your classes.
    I want to ask about the word count. Is the introduction included in the 150 words limit ? I heard someone say that as the introduction is just paraphrased version of the question, so it is not counted.

  29. I have a doubt regarding the word count in the writing module. Is it fine to exceed more than 170 words in task 1? I was told that exceeding the 170 word limit shows that the individual cannot follow instructions and hence marks would be deducted. However if each statement has to be supported by data then limiting to 170 words is pretty difficult.

    • I have no idea what you mean? There are NO instructions about exceeding 170 words in task 1. What do you mean?

  30. Lucía Flores says

    Hello Liz,
    Your tips are really helpful. Thank you very much.

    I just have a question. In the box following the example of task 1, reads: “There is a range of complex structures and vocabulary is use flexibly”. My question is, should it say “is used”?
    If not, can you explain?
    I have so many things in my head, that it made me doubt,
    Thanks again


  31. I have my IELTS exam tomorrow. Can you give me some important for writing and reading modules.

  32. Should I write the overview after the introduction or after the body paragraphs ?

    • It makes no difference. Both locations are fine. However, the overview is the most important paragraph, so don’t forget to spend time writing it.

  33. Excellent teacher, thanks for your help.

  34. Hi Liz!
    I love the way you teach as well as how you modulate your voice. 🙂

  35. stella dondero says

    Hello, Liz. I have just finished watching your video. Thank you very much for sharing such useful pieces of advice. However I have q question, when I have to analyse a bar chart with age groups, can I use some synonyms for 15 to 25, or 25 to 34 and etc?
    Thank you again for your attention.

    • Mostly the age groups are stated as given: 15 to 25. But you can also write about the lower age group, the older age group – but make sure you introduce the age groups in your introduction. You could also write more fully: people aged between 15 and 25.

  36. Thanks Liz, I liked your work, It made it much easier for me; besides, you have a very nice smile.

  37. Hi mam,
    I really like your video.I have one question”task one write up not more than 150 words but here its more than 150″.I’m really confuse, can you guide me pls.

  38. hi liz i’m from turkey and i follow your videos gladly on youtube.Please make more videos for us :)))

  39. Hi Liz,
    I just wanted to ask something about the overview part. I attended Writing Seminar at the British Council in Prague and the teacher told us that we should write introduction, about 2 main paragraphs and conclusion.
    So if I understand it right, it means that it does not matter if I write an overview after introduction or conclusion at the end of my writing?
    Thanks in advance for your answer,

    • In this case, they are using a conclusion as an overview. This means they are not repeating key features, they are highlighting them. This means their conclusion works in the same way as an overview. This is not incorrect. It is not about the name of the paragraph, it is about its function. As long as your paragraph acts as an overview, which highlights all key features – it’s fine. But to clarify further, IELTS have stated in the band score descriptors that the examiner is looking for an overview – this information is stated by IELTS.

  40. Greetings Liz,

    It is my first time to visit your website and it is very informative and helpful. A few questions need your clarification:
    1. Write 20% or 20 percent ?
    2. It is better to use the currency symbol rather than word “pound sterling”?
    3. I notice some tips saying that don’t write punctuation such as : : and there are brackets in the model answer. Can we really use the brackets?

  41. Anjana Maharjan says

    Hello Liz!
    We were taught that we have to write reasons for the data illustrated in the chart. So is it mandatory to write it?

    • You CANNOT write your opinions in writing task 1. Your task is to present the data – not to explain it. There are no explanations given in the chart – this means you can’t give them in your report. This is not an essay – it is a factual report. NO OPINIONS!

  42. Raj kumari shrestha says

    Hello, liz!
    I have one doubt regarding introduction and overview. We were taught that introduction and overview must have to be written on same paragraph. Is it mandatory or we can write it in different paragraph???
    Thank you,

  43. Thank you so much this was really beneficial and even beyond my expectations You are a teacher real model with your gorgeous smile as well.

  44. Hi Liz, thanks for your work!
    I found the term “accounted” quite nice to use and would like to incorporate it. Is this also a right way of using it: …. good X which accounted for 20% of the expenditure…. ?
    And do we have to back up every statement we make with data?
    Thanks in advance and keep up the good work,

    • The body paragraphs are where you present the details – all details must be supported by data – it is a requirement of the higher band scores. Your sentence is fine.

  45. Mohammad Anisul Islam says

    Hello Liz,
    I am a vivid follower of your IELTS tips making up my lacking as I felt before the watching your video & sample writing task-1& 2 along with other modules. Now I am happy with watching your link.

  46. Jay chudasama says

    Dear liz,

    Ain’t overview paragraph and conclusion paragraph the same? If not then which should we prefer to write?
    Thank you!

  47. Leigh Steyn says

    Morning Liz,

    I’d just like to ask a question if I may.

    In preparation for my upcoming test I’ve been consulting your website in conjunction with ‘Road to IELTS’. The structure for Task 1 seems to be somewhat different, in that, after paraphrasing in the first paragraph, you go then go on to an ‘Overall……” paragraph which highlights the main features.

    ‘Road to IELTS’ rather has an Introduction, Paragraph A, Paragraph B and then sum up an overview sentence.

    Are both acceptable, or is one format more correct than the other?

  48. Adekunle Awoniyi says

    hi liz,
    my question is, do I have to leave few space at the beginning of each paragraph or I can just start from the edge of the paper.

  49. Hi Liz,
    How to answer when there are two bar graph given? I really need your help. And is there any great way to prepare? My target date to take the exam is January 2018. Is it enough time to prepare? My friend recommend your website. Hope you can help me out. Thanks

  50. Dear mam,I have a doubt.while we write task one process chart, should we write an overview?

  51. vinod sridhar says

    Hi Liz,

    Let me first start by thanking you for helping people like us in writing the IELTS exams. I have a doubt about writing task, As am used to writing in block letters will there be a problem in my score.

    Thank you in advance

    Regards ,
    Vinod Sridhar

    • I wouldn’t advise you to write in capital letters for the writing test. Part of your grammar score is punctuation. When you use all capital letters, punctuation becomes harder to see. We know when a full stop is used because the next word is a new sentence that starts with a capital letter. This will then become a problem and could affect your score. It is allowed to use all capital letters but not recommended. I’ll leave the choice up to you.

  52. Hello Liz,
    I have one concern regarding bar or line graphs. Can we guess the approximate number or is it safer to write that “production was around 1000 tonne” instead of writing 950 tonne (which is my perception based on the figure).

    Also in line graphs where there are years on the x-axis and sometimes a reading falls between two years, can I specify the year (again my observation not originally written on graph) that falls between the two years originally mentioned on my figure?

    Lastly I have come across cases where to give better comparison, ratios are estimated by the exam taker. However should we give ratios even when they are not absolute (boys= 70,000; girls= somewhere below 100,000, estimated ratio= 7:10).

    Also a speaking section question, if in intro the examiner asked me my favourite childhood book and I have none, can I say no and talk about something else that interest me or do I lie and go on with the examiner?

    Much thanks, its great to see that you manage to respond to so many queries.

    • If the figure in the chart isn’t accurate, you MUST use “about” or “approximately”. If the examiner asks you about your childhood, that will not be part of the introduction – it will be part of part 1. It sounds like you need to learn a lot more about what questions are asked in what part of the test. See my main speaking page for model answers – both positive and negative answers.

  53. Hi Liz
    You’re great teacher
    I have questions about the bar chart. Do I have to write about every percentage or write about the most interesting point. I have my test in 2 days.
    Please answer me.


  54. Sahil Chauhan says

    mam, the number of……and the percentage of……are the same …………??

  55. Sahil Chauhan says

    mam, is it important both body paragraphes should be equal in size or one can be big nd other is small…………..?? plz tell me mam

    • Your ideas in writing task 2 essays should be equally developed. But task 1 is NOT an essay, it is a report. In report writing, paragraphs are not the same length.

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

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

  58. Sudan Shakya says

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Which is the best way?

  60. Bahaa Ali Hussein says

    Thank you so much, this is really helpful.

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

    Thank you!

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


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

  63. Hi liz

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


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

  65. Aya Mohannad says

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

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

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

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

  68. Ahmed Mahmoud says

    Dear Mrs. Liz

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

  69. Chithira says

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

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

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

  71. David Shah says

    Hello mam,

    Can I write the overview after the body paragraphs?

  72. Hi liz,

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

    Thank you so much1

  73. hi thank you its very helpful

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

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

  75. Syed Zayed says

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

  76. Stella Laura says

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

    • That is incorrect. You must have:

      an intro
      an overview
      1 body paragraph
      2 body paragraph

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

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

  78. Nikhil Rodrigues says

    Hi Liz,

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

    Nikhil Rodrigues

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

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

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

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

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

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

    (175 words)

    Kind regards,


  80. Sajeema Kunhikalanthante Akath says

    Hi Liz,

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

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

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

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

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

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

  81. Dear Liz,

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


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

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

    Kind regards,


  82. Hi Liz

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

  86. Hi Liz,

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

    Thanks. You are doing great job.

  87. Thinn Myat says

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

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

  89. Anil Shrestha says

    Hi Liz,

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

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

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

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

      • Mukhammadyusuf says

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  93. John Marco Cinchez says

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

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

  94. Aeron James Alvero says

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

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

  96. Varun Thoonoli says

    Hello Liz,

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

  98. interesting

  99. Haider Hazim says

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

    And thank you

    Yours Sincerely

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

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

  101. Chandan Chan says

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

  102. ..?

  103. Hi,

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you.

  107. Girassoll says

    Hi Liz,

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

    Thank you very much.

  108. Harmandeep says

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

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

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

  111. hi Liz,

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

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

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

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

  113. is it an obligation to write overview?

  114. rita chhetri says

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

  115. Dear Liz

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

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

  117. Nijat Ahmadli says

    Dear Liz,

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

  118. Hello mam,

    Please gave me some useful tips to solve writing task 1

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

    Which im your observation tend to get a higher band?

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

  120. Shouldn’t I describe all the categories ?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank’ s for your help

  126. Hi Liz,

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

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

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

  127. naveen nouman says


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

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

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

  128. Harley Nguyen says

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

  129. Laxman Devkota says

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

  130. Hoang Long says

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  137. Hi Liz,

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

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

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

  140. Yes, it is common to put information in brackets in task 1 for graphs, charts and tables.

  141. Yes. You would introduce both charts and in the overview you give key features for both charts. The body paragraphs each give details for one chart. You’ll find a model for a two chart task on this page:
    All the best

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

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

  144. Hi Liz,

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

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

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