Band 9 Reports: Bar Charts – House Prices

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

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

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PLAN –

  1. Your report should contain: (a) an introduction (b) an overview (c) two body paragraphs (d) a brief conclusion (optional as it will be similar to your overview)
  2. The overview is the MOST important part. If you don’t have an overview (you just list the data), you will NOT get above a band score of 5!
  3. You can divide the chart into two parts (1990-1995 and 1996-2002) and use these two parts as the basis for your body paragraphs.
  4. Make sure you “make comparisons where relevant”. Compare the house prices to 1989 levels as well as compare the two periods shown in the chart.
  5. You must report “the main features”, but you only have to write 150-200 words, so keep it simple! Focus on major differences and similarities.

Introduction –

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

Sample – “The chart provides data about the average price of a house in five selected cities over the period from 1990 to 2002 in comparison with the respective average prices in 1989.

NOTES -1. If you can’t think of a synonym, then just change the structure. In this example, “average house prices” has been changed to “the average price of a house” 2. You can always change a phrase like “shows information” to “provides data” so LEARN these synonyms and use them for ANY Task 1 question.

Overview –

The overview is a summary of the main points. You do NOT need to use specific data. When we look at the chart, we can see that house prices generally fell in the first period (compared to 1989) and generally rose in the second period. This is your overview!

Sample – “Overall, average house prices fell significantly in three out of the five cities in the first period shown in the chart and only climbed slightly in the remaining two. However, from 1996 house prices saw much stronger growth.”

NOTES – 1. Use a range of vocabulary to describe the data. Make sure you say what (e.g. “fell”) and how (e.g. “significantly”). 2. Use a range of structures e.g. verb + adverb (“climbed slightly”) and adjective + noun (“stronger growth”)

Body –

Now it’s time to include some specific data to support the features you have identified in the overview. Aim for two paragraphs.

Sample – “House prices fell between 5 and 8 percent compared with 1989 in New York, Tokyo and London, with the largest drop being in the latter two cities.  On the other hand, prices in Frankfurt grew by about 2 percent and by a little less in Madrid.”

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“However, between 1996 and 2000, the average price in London was a huge 12 percent higher than the 1989 average. Similarly, prices in New York were also considerably higher at 5 percent greater than the 1989 figure. Moreover, Madrid’s house price average was approximately 4 percent more than the 1989 level, more than double the increase between 1990 and 1995. Prices in Tokyo were still lower than the 1989 average, but were 3 percent higher than the 1990-1995 level. Finally, while average house prices in Frankfurt remained greater than in 1989, they were a little lower than the increase between 1990 and 1995.”

NOTES – 1. Link sentences with a range of appropriate words and phrases. In this example, “On the other hand…”, “However…”, “Similarly…”, “Moreover…”, “Finally…” 2. Remember that every point you make should be a comparison or something that supports your overview.

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FULL ANSWER (BAND 9)

The chart provides data about the average price of a house in five selected cities over the period from 1990 to 2002 in comparison with the respective average prices in 1989.

Overall, average house prices fell significantly in three out of the five cities in the first period shown in the chart and only climbed slightly in the remaining two. However, from 1996 house prices saw much stronger growth.

House prices fell between 5 and 8 percent compared with 1989 in New York, Tokyo and London, with the largest drop being in the latter two cities.  On the other hand, prices in Frankfurt grew by about 2 percent and by a little less in Madrid.

However, between 1996 and 2000, the average price in London was a huge 12 percent higher than the 1989 average. Similarly, prices in New York were also considerably higher at 5 percent greater than the 1989 figure. Moreover, Madrid’s house price average was approximately 4 percent more than the 1989 level, more than double the increase between 1990 and 1995. Prices in Tokyo were still lower than the 1989 average, but were 3 percent higher than the 1990-1995 level. Finally, while average house prices in Frankfurt remained greater than in 1989, they were a little lower than the increase between 1990 and 1995. (218 words)

GENERAL TIP (IMPORTANT!!!)

When you read a (good) report, you should be able to picture what the chart looks like. Can you draw the chart based on the information in the report? If the answer is “YES”, then you have written a good report.

 

 

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