How great would it feel if you could listen to an expert describe step-by-step how to score high when describing a table of figures?
I know, silly question. It would feel great.
Now what if you could download that lesson right now… for free? And see the final Band 9 model answer?
In this episode Tish from YES-IELTS.com is back with more tips and advice regarding a table.
Main points from the interview.
When starting to summarise a table:
- Check the time frame, what tense will you be using?
- Make a list of some of the vocabulary you would like to use.
Divide into groups and review the data.
- Try to divide the table into two significant parts. Look for a way to group the data.
- Also look for any exceptions, (percentage aged 75+ falls for the first time in 2050).
- Below the data is divided into two groups of 20 years.
- Another option could have been: Total Population, Population Aged 75+.
The table used is more simple than an official IELTS exam to clearly show the procedures.
Paragraphs and structure
- P1 will be the introductory statement, in this example two sentences may be necessary.
- Use two main paragraphs to describe each group derived from the table.
- If possible make a comparison or contrast in the paragraphs.
- For the first paragraph, there is a comparison between two groups within the first group of 20 years.
- P2 focusses on the next 20 years and acknowledges the exception in the graph.
- For the summary sentence try to look for something significant, and related to the paragraphs, for example: during the time period the amount of people over 75 doubled.
Common mistakes made
- For the summary do not include an opinion or extra information.
- Including too many figures and not being selective.
- Not making a plan to organise the essay.
- Practice practise practise tests.
- First try the task with no time limit -master the skills, then focus on completing it within 20 minutes.
- Become accustomed to not using the dictionary.
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