IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 with model answer

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The chart illustrates the marriage & divorce in UK during the latter part of the 20th century.

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

Write at least 150 Words.

Model Answer:

The linear graph gives information about the number of marriages and divorces in the United Kingdom between 1961 and 1999.

Overall, The most striking fact to emerge from the graph is that figures for both, divorces and remarriages increased while those for marriages decreased.

In detail, first marriages stood at 340,000 in 1961, which was more than 8 times the number of divorces and remarriages the same year. The figures for first marriages rose slightly, peaking at just under 400,000 in 1970. Following this, this number fell gradually, ending at 170,000 in 1999.

On the other hand, divorces and remarriages followed a similar pattern. Divorces rates, which were approximately 30,000, doubled in the first decade and overtook remarriages rates in 1971. They, then, went up minimally before levelling off at 150,000 in the remaining period. Similarly, remarriages, which were roughly 50,000 in 1961, followed an upward trend. Reaching 100,000 in 1971, they remained stable at 100,000 in the last period.


Total Words: 167

Task Achievement: 8

Coherence & Cohesion: 7

Lexical resources: 7

Grammar: 8

Overall Score: Band 7.5

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