IELTS Writing Task 1: Understanding charts and graphs (Part 1)

What’s more important in IELTS Task 1:

  1. Understanding the chart, or
  2. The way you present the information

The answer is both. And they’re both equally important. Many teachers and websites will give you lists of words and phrases to use in each IELTS task. They are focusing on Step 2 of the writing process. Let’s focus on Step 1. Look at the figure below and answer the questions.

unemployment-chart-gender2

1. What kind of chart is this?

  • A pie chart
  • A bar chart
  • A line graph

2. What does the chart show?

  • The percentage of the workforce over 20 who were unemployed
  • The percentage of the workforce over 20 who are unemployed
  • The number of people over 20 who were unemployed

3. What are the units shown in the vertical axis (going up)?

  • hundreds
  • thousands
  • percentages

4. What period does the chart cover?

  • The year 2013
  • The first half of 2013
  • The first three quarters of 2013

5. What was the unemployment rate at the beginning of the period?

  • 7.2 per cent
  • 7.3 per cent
  • 7.4 per cent

15 comments

  1. 1.A line graph
    2.The percentage of the workforce over 20 who were unemployed
    3.percentages
    4.The first three quarters of 2013
    5.7.3 per cent
    But i didn’t know based on what should i draw the line graph?!!

  2. 1- A line graph
    2- The number of people over 20 who were unemployed
    3- percentages
    4- The first three quarters of 2013
    5- 7.3 per cent

    1. Aisha, the graph shows percentage of people who were unemployed in 2013, not the number of people. If it was showing the numbers, somewhere the graph would say ‘in thousands’ or ‘in hundreds’. Make sure you understand what the numbers in vertical axis mean.

  3. 1- A line graph
    2- The percentage of the workforce over 20 who were unemployed
    3- percentages
    4- The year 2013
    5- 7.3 per cent

  4. 1- A line graph
    2- The percentage of the workforce over 20 who were unemployed
    3- Percentages
    4- The first three quarters of 2013
    5- 7.3 percent

  5. 1- A line graph
    2- The percentage of the workforce over 20 who were unemployed
    3- percentage
    4- The first three quarters of 2013
    5- 7.3 per cent

  6. 1) 1) It is a line graph.
    2)The percentage of workforce over 20 who were unemployed.
    3) percentages.
    4) The first three quarters of 2013.
    5) 7.3 percent

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