IELTS Reports (Basic to Band 9): Bar Charts – Marriage Age

t1 bar charts - marriage age

The charts above give information on the ages of people when they got married in one country in 1996 and 2008. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, making comparisons where relevant.

NOTE – the following contains two sample answers: a basic one and an advanced one. The basic one includes some tips on how to write your answer, while the advanced one is written at a Band 9 level. Both answers have useful descriptive and linking vocabulary included in bold.

 

SAMPLE ANSWER ONE (Basic)

“The bar charts provide information about the ages that men and women got married in a certain country in 1996 and 2008.”

TIPS – (1) Try to find some words that you can paraphrase. They can be simple, like swapping “give” for “provide” or “one country” for “a certain country”. Do not copy the title you are given! (2) Only use synonyms if you are sure about them. For example, “get engaged” is NOT a good synonym for “get married”. If you can’t think of a synonym, try to change the structure e.g. “age the people get married” –> “age of marriage”.

“Overall, the age that both sexes got married was higher in 2008, while women tended to marry at a younger age than men.”

TIPS – (1) You MUST include an overview! If you do not, you will not score above Band 6. Try to find the two most noticeable things about the chart (2) You do not need to include data (i.e. specific numbers) (3) Your overview should be supported by your body (the rest of your report).

“In 1996, 1 percent of women got married between the ages of 16 and 19, while in 2008 this figure was about three times lower. On the other hand, no men in this age group got married in either year. The most common age for women to get married was from 25-29 years of age, at around 11.5 percent in both years.”

TIPS – (1) Remember that you need to make comparisons. Therefore, you should be looking for the biggest (and the smallest) as well as similarities and (major) differences. (2) Make sure you link your report with suitable words and phrases e.g. “On the other hand” “However” “Another difference/similarity was…” etc.

“As for men, the age groups of 25-29 and 30-34 were equally the most common age to get married, with about 9 percent of men getting married within these age groups. However, by 2006, men marrying between 25 and 29 had fallen to 8 percent, while 11 percent of men now got married between the ages of 30 and 34. the 35-39 and 40-44 age groups showed a similar trend. The percentage of women in these groups went up slightly, while for men they rose even more. The 35-39 category went from 7 percent to 9 percent, and the oldest group went from 5 percent to almost 7 percent.” (188 words)

TIPS – (1) Try to organise your body paragraphs in a clear way. In this example, there is one paragraph for women (with some comparisons to men), and one paragraph for men (with some comparisons to women) (2) You could also it based on age groups (younger then older) as long as it is clear and you use suitable cohesive phrases e.g. “As for men…” “On the other hand, women tended to…”

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t1 bar charts - marriage age

SAMPLE ANSWER TWO (Advanced)

The charts above give information on the ages of people when they got married in one country in 1996 and 2008. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, making comparisons where relevant.

The charts provide a comparison of marriage age trends among men and women in 1996 and 2008 in one particular nation. The data is divided into six age groups, ranging from 16-19 to 40-44.

An overall assessment of the data reveals that women tended to marry at an earlier age than men, while over time both sexes tended to delay marriage by a few years. Peak marriage age for both sexes was in their late twenties to early thirties.

In the youngest age group, only 1 percent of women got married in 1996, while this figure had fallen to just a small fraction of a percent by 2008. Conversely, no men entered into marriage at this age in either period. The most typical age for a women to marry was from 25-29, and this percentage remained constant at just under 12 in both years. For women in the older age groups, there was an increase of around one percentage point in each as well as a steady decline in the percentages as  women got older.

As for men, in  1996 the age groups of 25-29 and 30-34 were equally popular, with approximately 9 percent of men getting married at these ages. Moreover, there were also significant increases in the 35-39 and 40-44 demographics, with the percentages climbing from 7 to 9 and 5 to 7, respectively. (206 words)

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