IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 with model answer

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The pie chart shows the percentage of women in poverty and the bar chart shows poverty rates by sex and age. They are from the United States in 2008.

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

Write at least 150 Words.

Model Answer:

The pie chart gives information about the proportion of females considered in poverty while the bar chart compares men and women of different age groups in the same situation in the United States.

Overall, the most striking facts to emerge from the graphs are that single women made up the biggest proportion of females in poverty and more women than men regardless the age were in poverty in the given year.

In detail, women with no dependent children made up the largest group with more than a half of female in poverty. Following this, were single women with dependent children which accounted for just over a quarter of the impoverished  females. The remaining percentages were represented by married women with and without children at 12% and 8% respectively.

Concerning the poverty rates by age and gender, there was a noticeable difference between the age categories. Persons aged less than 24 years old suffered the most with figures between 15% and 20% for both genders, although the percentage of women was always slightly higher than that of men. On the other hand, women aged between 35 and 74 years old and men aged more than 25 were less affected with less that 10% living in poverty.


Total Words: 203

Task Achievement: 8.5

Coherence & Cohesion: 8.5

Lexical resources: 7.5

Grammar: 8

Overall Score: Band 8

For unlimited feedback with detailed corrections for speaking and writing tasks, sign up for IELTS Twenty20 Online Course today!

Study 20 minutes a day for 20 days and Ace the IELTS exam.


IELTS Score Calculators and Estimators:

Useful FREE resources for IELTS preparation:

Tutorials on Essay Writing

Finally, if you need ongoing feedback from an experienced IELTS teacher for your writing or speaking tasks, simply subscribe to one of our IELTS CORRECTION packs

Say "Hi" on our social media channels...

©2012-2024 All prices are in USD. IELTS Online Practice is provided by Wisekangaroo Pty Ltd (ABN: 86 159 373 770)


Send us an email with any questions about our courses and we'll get back to you, asap.


Log in with your credentials

Forgot your details?