BAND 9.0 Reports: Bar Charts – News Sources (Real Test 2017)

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GENERAL POINTS –

(1) Learn as many words and phrases you can use for ANY report you have to write. Read the example below for more details

(2) You MUST paraphrase the introduction (don’t copy it). Learn some words and phrases you can use for any situation (as mentioned above and shown below).

(3) You MUST include an overview. Try to look for the most important points, which are normally: highs, lows, big changes, no change, similarities, and differences. You will NOT get above Band 5 without an overview.

(4) Organise your answer into 4 paragraphs (usually). This should be (i) an introduction (ii) an overview (iii) 2 body paragraphs with a clear focus e.g. one paragraph for “highs” and one paragraph for “lows”. WARNING – in this example, there are THREE body paragraphs because it helps to make the information clearer. However, each paragraph still follows the rules of a clear focus and relevant use of data from the chart.

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

NOTE – Synonyms and descriptive/comparative words/phrases (e.g. “climbed significantly” or “most common”) are included in bold. Linking vocabulary is written in italics.

Step 1 – Introduction

TIPS – Use synonyms for common words/phrases (“gives information” “types” “different” “one”) and rephrase the topic(s) if you can. In this example, “media…used to get daily news” has been changed to “news sources”

TOPIC – The chart below gives information about the types of media that people in different age groups used to get daily news in one country in 2011.

SAMPLE (paraphrased topic) – The chart provides data relating to the kinds of news sources used by various age groups in a particular country in 2011.

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STEP 2 – Overview

TIPS – (1) Look for the biggest, smallest, and changes over time (2) Don’t forget that you need to compare as well! (3) Also, do NOT include any specific data in your overview (numbers/figures)

SAMPLE – A quick overview of the chart reveals that radio was the most common source of news for all ages, except for the youngest category (10-17 years old). Moreover, internet-based media (social media and micro-blogging) was considerably more popular among younger age groups.

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STEP 3 – Body

TIPS – (1) The job of the body is to make the overview clear. Use data from the chart to support the points you’ve made in the overview (2) Use a variety of ways to report data e.g. instead of “80%” you can write “four-fifths” or “four out of ten people” (3) You do NOT have to (and should not) write about every piece of data. Only mention things that help to make your overview clear.

SAMPLE – 88 to 95 percent of people in age groups above 17 listened to the radio for their news. In contrast, only 4 out of 10 people younger than this used the radio for the purpose of getting news.

On the other hand, 80% of people under 29 got their news from social networks, while this figure dropped dramatically to 45% for people aged 30-49 and to only 10% for people in the oldest category (65+).

Finally, micro-blogging was the least common news source in all age groups, but was still most popular among the 10-17 and 18-29 age groups. However, like the use of social networks, this percentage experienced a significant fall in the older age groups, plummeting from 13% in 30-49-year-olds to only 2% in those over 65. (189 words)

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FULL SAMPLE ANSWER

The chart provides data relating to the kinds of news sources used by various age groups in a particular country in 2011.

A quick overview of the chart reveals that radio was the most common source of news for all ages, except for the youngest category (10-17 years old). Moreover, internet-based media (social media and micro-blogging) was considerably more popular among younger age groups.

88 to 95% of people in age groups above 17 listened to the radio for their news. In contrast, only 4 out of 10 people younger than this used the radio for this purpose.

On the other hand, 80% of people under 29 got their news from social networks, while this figure dropped dramatically to 45% for people age 30-49 and to only 10% for people in the oldest category (65+).

Micro-blogging was the least common news source in all age groups, but was still most popular among the 10-17 and 18-29 age groups. However, like the use of social networks, this percentage experienced a significant fall in the older age groups, plummeting from 13% in 30-49-year-olds to only 2% in those over 65. (195 words)

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