Line Graph Task 1 Sample essay

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In this tutorial we have a Band 6.5 / 7 academic task 1 IELTS line graph essay graded by an EX-IELTS examiner (on our team of essay correctors).

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  • Choose the right information 
  • Use the right sentence structures 
  • Decide on the perfect tense to use

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Academic Task 1

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant. Write at least 150 words

ACADEMIC TASK 1

The line graph shows the average rainfall for three countries in Great Britain over a 12 month period in 2018. 

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant. Write at least 150 words

The line graph reveals the information of rainfall in three countries: England, Scotland, and Wales for one year starting from January to December in 2018.

In England, the amount of the rainfall in January was recorded just above 100ml, which slightly increased in next month by 5ml, and dipped to 90ml in March. The trend of raising and falling continue for a couple of months and reached its lowest figure in the graph for the month of June at around 70ml. After that, it is predicted that the level of rain will fluctuate and will remain around 120ml in December.

In Scotland, the amount of rain in January was 125ml, dropped  unexpectedly to its lowest level to 20ml in February, and rocketed in next month to its peak value of 135ml. In April, the amounts of rain were less than 50ml, then start went up slightly until June. Then after it is predicted to drop until September, the following month it will start climbing up to October, and it will be decreased to 50 ml before reaching to 105 ml in December.

In wales, the rainfall was 50ml in January increased slightly in February and decreased to its lowest point in April around 30ml. In next month went up sharply to 110ml and dipped by 50ml in June. It is predicted that the highest amount of rain will be in July at 125ml and went down just below the month of June’s record. It will remain constant for two months before reaching 105ml in November and it will dip down in December to 52ml.

Overall it can be clearly seen that in each country the amount of rain in January will be approximately same in the month of December.

The line graph reveals the information of rainfall (LR1) in three countries: England, Scotland, and Wales for one year starting from January to December in 2018.

TR1 - A good opening paragraph.  Effective use of paraphrasing and you have included the key information.

LR1 - This could sound more natural.  Perhaps ‘shows information about rainfall’, ‘shows rainfall statistics’ or ‘shows how much rain fell…’?

In England (TR2), the amount of the rainfall (GR1) in January was recorded just above 100ml, which slightly increased in next month by 5ml, and dipped to 90ml in March. The trend of raising (LR2) and falling continue (GR2) for a couple of months and reached its lowest figure in the graph for the month of June at around 70ml. After that, it is predicted that the level of rain will fluctuate and will remain (TR3) / (GR3) around 120ml in December.

TR2 - Good to adopt a systematic approach to presenting the information.

GR1 - the amount of rainfall

LR2 - Check the difference between ‘rise’ and ‘raise’.

GR2 - continued

TR3 - Make sure you report the information accurately.

GR3 - Stick to using past tenses here as all the information relates to 2018.

In Scotland, the amount of rain in January was 125ml, dropped (CC1) unexpectedly to its lowest level to 20ml (CC2) in February, and rocketed (LR3) in next month (GR4) to its peak value (LR3) of 135ml. In April, the amounts of rain were less than 50ml, then start went up (GR5) slightly until June. Then after (CC3) it is predicted to drop until September, the following month it will start climbing up to October, and it will be decreased (TR4) / (GR6) to 50 ml before reaching to 105 ml (LR4) in December.

CC1 - You need to link your ideas together in an appropriate way.  Perhaps ‘125ml, and this figure dropped…’?

CC2 - As before.  Perhaps ‘... to its lowest level, 20ml, in February’?

LR3 - Accurate use of some key language to describe graphs.

GR4 - in the next month

GR5 - started to go up

CC3 - Take care with your use of linking words.

TR4 - As with the previous paragraph, make sure you report the information correctly.

GR6 - Stick to using past tenses as all the information relates to 2018.

LR4 - Omit the ‘to’ - ‘... reaching 105ml…’

In wales (GR7), the rainfall was 50ml in January increased (CC4) slightly in February and decreased to its lowest point in April (LR5) around 30ml. In next month went up sharply to 110ml and dipped (LR6) by 50ml in June. It is predicted that the highest amount of rain will be in July (TR5) / (GR8) at 125ml and went down just below the month of June’s record. It will remain constant (LR7) for two months before reaching 105ml in November and it will dip down in December to 52ml.

GR7 - Take care with your use of punctuation.  Use a capital letter for the name of a country.

CC4 - You need to be careful with the way you link your ideas together.  Perhaps ‘... in January and this figure increased…’?

LR5 - Very natural use of language.

LR6 - Good to incorporate a wide range of appropriate vocabulary.

TR5 - As before, you need to report the information accurately.

GR8 - As in the previous paragraphs, this is inappropriate use of tenses.

LR7 - Despite the problems with tenses, this vocabulary is appropriately selected.

Overall it can be clearly seen that (CC5) in each country the amount of rain in January will be (TR6) / (GR9) approximately same in the month of December. (TR7)

CC5 - On the right track to introduce the main features of the graph.

TR6 - As before, there are problems with task achievement.

GR9 - Inappropriate use of tenses.

TR7 - I think this paragraph is intended to be your overview?  If so, this would be a useful area to work on as it is one of the key differences between a ‘6’ and a ‘7’ for task achievement.

PROBABLE SCORE: 6.5 / 7.0

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