Band 9.0 Reports: Tables – Renewable Energy (Real Test 2017)

 

T1 Table - Renewable Energy

GENERAL POINTS –

(1) Many Task 1 topics are about energy/power production or something similar. Make sure you have a good range of synonyms relating to these topics. For example, “renewable” can be “non-fossil fuels/non-fossil fuel sources”.

(2) Organise your report in a clear way. Remember with ALL Task 1 reports, the reader should be able to “see/imagine” what the chart looks like without seeing it. Your descriptions should make the key information clear.

(3) You can always follow the structure of (i) Introduction (ii) Overview (iii) Two body paragraphs with a clear main point and then data to support the point.

(4) You MUST include an OVERVIEW (summary of the main details) or you will NOT get above Band 5.

(5) Tables can be difficult to write about as there is often a lot of information and it can be hard to organise. To make it simple just look for the BIGGEST, the SMALLEST, SIMILARITIES, and DIFFERENCES.

T1 Table - Renewable Energy

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

Note – synonyms and advanced vocabulary are included in bold. Linking/structural vocabulary is included in italic

Step 1 – INTRODUCTION

The table shows the percentage of energy produced from renewable sources in the UK and the number of employees in 2009.

“The table displays the proportion of power generated from non-fossil fuel sources and how many people were employed in each sector in 2009.”

TIP – Instead of repeating the term “employees” the structure has been changed to past passive (“were employed”). Changing the grammatical structure is a good way to improve your score, especially if you can’t think of a synonym!

Step 2 – OVERVIEW

A brief assessment of the table shows that, although wind and hydro-electric power were the most used sources of renewable energy, they employed the fewest number of people. Conversely, electricity produced from sunlight provided the lowest amount of energy, yet the solar industry had by far the highest level of employees.

TIP – You don’t have to write about EVERY category in your overview. Just focus on highs, lows, similarities, and differences.

T1 Table - Renewable Energy

Step 3 – BODY

TIP – Think of a clear way to organise your body. In this example, the first body paragraph is going to be about “highs and lows”, so it will focus on describing and comparing “wind”, “hydro”, and “solar” power. The second paragraph will focus on similarities and differences, so it will be about “geothermal” and “tidal” power.

“In 2009, 13.7 percent of energy production in the UK came from hydropower, while the figure for wind was slightly lower at 10.2 percent. Moreover, these sectors employed similar amounts of people, with 1013 employees for the former and 1198 for the latter. In contrast, solar energy made lowest contribution to power production (3.6%), although solar provided jobs for 12,450 people, which was almost three times greater than the next biggest (geothermal).

With respect to the remaining sources of renewable power – tidal and geothermal – they provided almost identical percentages of 6.8 and 6.9 percent respectively. On the other hand, while geothermal energy production employed just over 4,500 people, tidal power employed a little less than half this number (2,034).

FULL SAMPLE ANSWER

T1 Table - Renewable Energy

The table displays the proportion of power generated from non-fossil fuel sources and how many people were employed in each sector in 2009.

A brief assessment of the table shows that, although wind and hydro-electric power were the most used sources of renewable energy, they employed the fewest number of people. Conversely, electricity produced from sunlight provided the lowest amount of energy, yet the solar industry had by far the highest level of employees.

In 2009, 13.7 percent of energy production in the UK came from hydropower, while the figure for wind was slightly lower at 10.2 percent. Moreover, these sectors employed similar amounts of people, with 1013 employees for the former and 1198 for the latter. In contrast, solar energy made lowest contribution to power production (3.6%), although solar provided jobs for 12,450 people, which was almost three times greater than the next biggest (geothermal).

With respect to the remaining sources of renewable power – tidal and geothermal – they provided almost identical percentages of 6.8 and 6.9 percent respectively. On the other hand, while geothermal energy production employed just over 4,500 people, tidal power employed a little less than half this number (2,034). (195 words)

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