IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 with model answer

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The chart below shows global sales of the top five mobile phone brands between 2009 and 2013.


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

Write at least 150 Words.

Model Answer:

The bar chart provides information about the number of worldwide sales for the top five best-selling handphone brands – Samsung, Apple, Nokia, LG and ZTE, from 2009 to 2013. Overall, the sales number for Samsung, Apple and ZTE had increased throughout the period, while the sales figure for Nokia and LG had decreased.

In 2009, Samsung sold 250 million phones, while Nokia sold close to 450 million phones, the highest for the year. In contrast, by 2013, Nokia’s phone sales dipped markedly to reach slightly above 250 million units and Samsung’s sales figures doubled to reach its highest point at 450 million phone units.

It can be observed that the mobile phone sales for Apple and LG had reverse trends, although both phones sold less than 150 million units in each of these three years. Apple’s sales rose slightly, while LG’s sales went down gradually. Finally, Zte remained the least popular phones despite observing a slight rise in sales number from2009 to 2013.


Total Words: 160

Task Achievement: 8

Coherence & Cohesion: 8

Lexical resources: 8

Grammar: 8

Overall Score: Band 8

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