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 in 2010, whereas Iran produced 3 million each day in the beginning, and then the figure slowly grew to reach nearly 4.5 million at the end of the period.

Likewise, Iraq, Kuwait and UAE experienced almost a similar pattern of production despite trivial variations in 1990 and 2010. However, the figure increased from for 2 to-4 million barrels s each day in the 20 years’ time.

In contrast, Qatar, which manufactured a tiny 1 million in 1990, remained unchanged over the period of two decades in spite of a very slight rise in 2000.


Total Words: 178

Task Achievement: 7

Coherence & Cohesion: 7

Lexical resources: 7

Grammar: 7

Overall Score: Band 7

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