IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 with model answer

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The table below gives information about the underground railway systems in six cities.


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

Write at least 150 Words.

Model Answer:

The table shows data regarding the underground railways in 6 cities with respect to their age, length, and numbers of passengers per year.

Overall,  the 6 selected cities span a wide range of underground systems with London’s subway being both the oldest and longest,  while Tokyo’s underground railway serves by far the highest number of passengers per year.

The London underground railway dates back to 1863, making it the oldest subway system in the table followed by the Paris underground, which opened in 1900.  In contrast, Los Angeles has the youngest underground railway of the 6 cities, dating back to only 2001. However, while London and Paris also have the longest subway systems, with 394 and 199 km respectively, Los Angeles is only the second shortest at 28 km. The shortest underground railway belongs to Kyoto (11 km).

Regarding the numbers of passengers served, Tokyo’s is by far the busiest subway with 1927 million passengers per year, despite having less than half the length of railway compared to London underground railway, which transports only 775 million people per year.

Total Words: 174

Task Achievement: 8

Coherence & Cohesion: 8

Lexical resources: 8

Grammar: 8

Overall Score: Band 8

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1 Comment
  1. Niraj Kumar sharma 5 months ago

    Super answer

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