IELTS Academic Writing Task 1: Comparing Two Graphics with Model Answer

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IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 questions sometimes come with two graphics, which you’ll be asked to analyze. Let’s take a look at a practice Writing Task 1 question, with an accompanying model band 9 essay, for this question type.

To see why this essay is band 9, see our Band 9 essay with scorer commentary, and check out the official IELTS rubric for Task 1 (PDF).

This particular prompt is a dual graphics prompt, where two different graphics (in this case a line graph and a table) are presented together. Your approach to this set of images should be the same as your approach to any other Task 1 infographic. Take a look at the information and think carefully. What is the best way to summarize the way the information is structured and the main points? From there, how can you best compare the most relevant pieces of information? Finally, how should you structure that summary and comparison?

For more advice on how to approach this, see our article on IELTS Academic Task 1 paragraph structure, as well as our main page for IELTS sample questions and practice resources. Try to do this prompt yourself. Then check out our band 9 model essay below the prompt and compare it to your own work to see how you did.

Model IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 Prompt: Compare Two Different Types of Graphics

The graph and table below show the average monthly rainfalls and average annual rainfalls for three towns in the district of Kona in Hawaii for a 30-year period (1971-2000).

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

TOWNAVERAGE ANNUAL RAINFALL (1971-2000)
Kainaliu138.38
Opihihale97.53
Holualoa110.48

Model Essay

The chart and table show the average monthly and annual rainfall for the towns of Kanaliu, Opihihale, and Holualoa from 1971 to 2000.

Average monthly rainfalls are usually higher from June to September and tend to be lower between October and May. However, rainfall can differ a good deal between towns, and these differences add up to distinctly different annual numbers.

Opihihale usually has the least rainfall but has slightly more (less than 2 cm difference) rainfall than the other towns around August and November. In contrast, Kainaliu’s monthly rainfall is often the highest, 7-9 cm greater than Opihihale and 5-7 cm greater than Holualoa at the height of the summer and fall rainy periods.

The larger differences during the higher rainfall periods add up over the course of the year. In the table, Kainaliu clearly has the most annual rainfall, Opihihale has the least by far, and Holualoa sits between these two extremes, somewhat closer to Opihihale than to Kainaliu.

More Practice IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 Sample Questions and Model Essays

After you’re done with those, make sure you practice other aspects of Writing Task 1, and prepare for the IELTS Writing section as a whole. This collection of IELTS Writing resources can help.

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