IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 with model answer

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The graph shows oil production capacity for several Gulf countries between 1990 and 2010.

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

Write at least 150 Words.


Model Answer:

The chart illustrates the approximate capacity of oil production per day by six Gulf countries, namely Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE, in four years, 1990, 2000, 2005 and 2010. The oil production is measured in millions of barrels.

Overall, Saudi Arabia witnessed an overwhelming production of oil whereas Qatar produced the least amount of oil throughout the period. However, the trend was upward in all countries except Qatar.



It is clearly noticeable that the oil production in Saudi Arabia dramatically increased from around 9 million barrels per day in 1990 to 15 million barrels per day in 2010. This was followed by Iran which produced around 3 million barrels of oil each day in 1990, and grew its capacity gradually to reach nearly 4.5 million barrels per day by the end of the period.

Likewise Iraq, Kuwait and UAE experienced a similar pattern of steadily growing oil production from 1990 to 2010. Their figures increased from around 2 to 4 million barrels per day in the 20-year period.

In contrast, Qatar, which manufactured only 1 million barrels per day in 1990, remained unchanged over the period of two decades.

Total Words: 178

Task Achievement: 8

Coherence & Cohesion: 8

Lexical resources: 8

Grammar: 8

Overall Score: Band 8

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