IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 with model answer

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The chart below shows information about changes in average house prices in five different cities between 1990 and 2002 compared with the average house prices in 1989.

IELTS Academic Writing task 1

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

Write at least 150 Words.

Model Answer:

The bar graph illustrates the mean variation in the price of a house in five various cities when compared with that in 1989 in a period of 12 years from year 1990.

Overall, it is clearly shown that majority of these five cities had their house prices lower from 1990 to 1995 than that in the year 1989 whereas all cities showed an upward trend in the average house prices between year 1996 and 2002 except Frankfurt.

First and foremost, the house prices in Tokyo were lower than that in year 1989 throughout the given period. However, there was a rise in the house prices from 1996 to 2002 than from 1990 to 1995 (-5% and approximately -7% respectively) which was comparatively lower than that in 1989. Furthermore, every city had its house prices rising over the period except Frankfurt in Germany which showed a slight drop of about 1%.

Interestingly, London was the city that had the largest variation in house prices among the five cities from 1990 to 2002 in comparison with that in 1989 (around 19% in total). There was a bigger fluctuation in house prices in New York than in Madrid in Spain (10% and nearly 5% correspondingly).


Total Words: 172

Task Achievement: 8

Coherence & Cohesion: 7

Lexical resources: 8

Grammar: 7

Overall Score: Band 7.5

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