IELTS Writing Task 1 sample (Package 4)

Here are some samples of IELTS Writing Task 1 which will help you prepare for the test. If you haven’t read our post on Writing Task 1 material, you can find it here

Pie Chart

The pie charts outline the proportion of  sales from retail sector in New Zealand. The data only covers sales done through online shopping platform in the year of 2003 and 2013. It is clearly shown that there was a significant raise in the sales of books and film/music, although the sales from clothes and travel had plummeted over years.

Travel used to contribute 36% of sales in New Zealand. Ten years later, the number slightly decreased and made up nearly one third of the total sales. The sales of clothes indicates similar trend. It witnessed 8% decrease and accounted for 16% in 2013.

In 2003, music and film sales was a little below 20%. A decade later, the number experienced a sudden leap and represented more than 30% of the total retail sales in New Zealand. Book contributed nearly one fifth of sales in retail. The sales experienced a slight growth within a ten year period.

Line Graph
The line graph describes the average emission of carbon dioxide in four European countries. The data is collected in a forty year period starting from 1967, and measured in metric tonnes per person. In general, there was an increase in the amount of CO2 emmitted in Portugal and Italy. United Kingdom and Sweden, however, indicates an opposite trend.

In 1967, the emmission of carbon dioxide in Portugal was a little below 2 metric tonnes per individual. Within a thirty year period, the number almost tripled. There was still a slight increase in 2007, as the number reaches its peak. Within a decade, CO2 emmission in Italy showed a quite striking upsurge, moving up from approximately 4 to around 8 metric tonnes per individual.

In 1967, each individual in Sweden emmitted more than 8 metric tonnes CO2. The number experienced 2% increase in 1977. Despite its initial upward trend, the number shrinked and reached its lowest point in 2007, making up around 5 metric tonnes. Likewise, CO2 emission per person in United Kingdom witnessed a gradual decrease. In 1967,  UK had the highest proportion of individual CO2 emission, accounting for roughly 11 metric tonnes. By the year of 2017, the number was reduced by an estimated 2 metric tonnes.

Bar Graph

Several brands of mobile phone and the number of units which had been sold globally in 2009, 2011 and 2013 are presented by the bar graph. The data is measured in millions. In general, the graph reports that the sales of Samsung, Apple and ZTE increased, while the sales of Nokia and LG decreased over years.

In 2009, there were around 250 million units of Samsung mobile phone were sold around the world. The sales experienced a steady growth and reached its highest point of around 450 million units. Despite its smaller share, there were more and more Apple mobile phones sold around the world. The sales was just around 30 million units in 2009. Four years later, the number rose to around 150 million units. The sales of ZTE mobile phones did not undergo any significant increase, making up around 50 million units in theee consecutive periods.

Nokia used to dominate the market of mobile phones, selling around 450 million units in 2009. Two years later, there was a marginal decline in its sales. It was in 2011 that Nokia’s sale plunged to around 250 million units. In 2009, the sales of LG mobile phone was a little above 100 million units. Its share continously declined and by 2011, the sales was roughly reduced by a half.

The table outlines the percentage of spending on goods and services in five Europeam countries in 2002. In general, spending on food, tobacco and beverages was considerably high. In contrary, the percentage of spending allocated for clothing and footware as well as leisure and education was quite low.

In Ireland, almost one third of spending goes to food, tobacco and beverages. The budget for buying clothing and footware as well as education and leisure roughly made up 6% and 2% respectively. In Turkey, the budget which was allocated for food, tobacco and beverages was a little higher than 30%. Ireland had the highest percentage of spending on these three daily needs. People in Turkey only spent 6.63% of their budget on clothing and footwear. However, the allocation for education and leisure is the highest among others, accounting for 4.35%.

People in Spain allocated almost one fifth of their budget for food, tobacco and beverages. It is roughly estimated that the allocation  is 2% higher than Italy’s and 3% higher than Sweden’s. When it comes to buying clothes and shoes, Italians appeared to spend considerable amount of money, making up 9% of their total budget. People in Sweden and Spain spent a small proportion of their budget for fashion, the first accounted for only 5% and the latter was 1% higher.

People in Spain allocated only 1% of their budget for education. The number is considerably lo
wer compared to other spendings. In terms of education budget, Sweden and Italy’s percentage were 2% higher than Spain’s.

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