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IELTS How to describe a graph

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Created Date: Tue 20 Sep 2011

In this tutorial, I'm not going to discuss how we can produce a writing. Rather I will focus on how you can describe a graph in IELTS Writing Task 1.

Click on IELTS Writing Task 1 if you don't know what is required for IELTS Writing Task 1.

1) Identify and write key ideas for key periods (for chronological graphs):
For example, you can use one of the following phrases:
a) between 1996 and 2001
b) from 1996 to 1997
c) In 1996
d) From the middle of year 2000 to 2001
You can see an sample that uses those phrases by clicking on IELTS Writing Sample 1

2) Select suitable vocabulary for percentages
For example, the following phrases are used in the IELTS Writing Sample mentioned above:
+reach nearly 70 percent
+peak at 80 percent
+below 50 percent

Or in IELTS Writing Sample 2, you can find:
+is cited by around 40% of the population surveyed
+some people, 22%, also cite
+Just a few number of people, around 12%
+40% of the people cite
+The last group, 25%, believes

3) To describe a trend, you can use:
+from 1985 to 1990, there was a steady increase
+the figure was slightly reduced
+it declined
+the figure was slightly decreased
You can find an example about how to use them in IELTS Writing Sample 3

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