IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 with model answer

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The bar graph shows the global sales (in billions of dollars) of different types of digital games between 2000 and 2006.


Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 Words.

Model Answer:

The bar graph compares the worldwide turnover for four kinds of electronic games for a period of seven years, starting from 2000 to 2006. Overall, it can be observed that sales for most of the digital games experienced an upward trend, except for console games. Handheld games had by far the highest number of sales throughout this period.

In 2000, the sales figure for handheld games was close to 10 billion dollars, this figure rose gradually to reach its peak at slightly under 18 billion dollars. In contrast, at 6 billion dollars sales figure, console games were the second most popular games in year 2000. Between 2000 and 2006, this figure continued to drop to hit its lowest point of less than 3 billion dollars.

Global sales for online games and mobile phone games followed a similar pattern with both sales numbers went up considerably for the first 6 years. By the seventh year, sales revenues for both types of games were over 6 billion dollars.


Total Words: 177

Task Achievement: 9

Coherence & Cohesion: 9

Lexical resources: 9

Grammar: 9

Overall Score: Band 9

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