THINGS TO REMEMBER BEFORE YOU WRITE
(1) The table only has two years. There are NO trends. Just a change from one year to the next. Be careful NOT to just list the data (i.e. “In 1985 A was x, but in 2000 A was y”). You need to make comparisons. Which was the biggest? Which was the smallest?
(2) You need to use paragraphs! Thinks about how to organise the information in a clear way. Normally, you can start with (i) Introduction (ii) Overview (iii) Body 1 (iv) Body 2
(3) When you’re trying to group the information, think about which ones increased and which ones decreased. You can also group them based on things they have in common (e.g. public transport or non-motorized), although this is more difficult.
(4) Try to use a range of synonyms when you report the data. For example, if you use “increase” once, then next time use “go up” or “climb” or “rise” etc. Remember to also change the grammatical structure (e.g. “a significant increase” vs. “increased significantly”)
(5) Remember that your report MUST contain an overview that tells the reader the key details (what stands out or is most noticeable). You shouldn’t include any specific data in this part.
NOTE – The following contains two samples answers: a simple one and an advanced one. Both answers have useful linking vocabulary included in italics and synonyms/advanced vocabulary in bold. The advanced version is written at a Band 9.0 level.
SAMPLE ANSWER ONE (Basic)
“The table provides information about different types of transport in England in 1985 and 2000.
Overall, people traveled more miles per year on average in 2000 than they did in 1985, although walking, biking, and local bus all saw drops in miles traveled.
In 1985, the average person traveled 4740 miles per year. However, by 2000 this had increased to almost 6500 miles per year. The biggest rises in total miles were in car (3199 to 4806) and train (289 to 366). Furthermore, the average miles traveled by long-distance bus more than doubled from 54 to 124, while the same was true for taxis, with a considerable jump from 13 to 42 miles.
COMMENT – Notice how all the points are linked. Also, different tense are used (simple past vs. past perfect).
In contrast, miles traveled by local bus dropped significantly from 429 to 274. There were also small declines in the average miles spent traveling by foot and by bicycle. Cycling fell from 51 to 41 miles per year, while walking went down from 255 to 237. Finally, there was growth in ‘other’ forms of transportation, with this figure standing at 585 miles in 2000, up from 450 in 1985.” (156 words)
SAMPLE ANSWER TWO (Advanced)
“The table provides an overview of the average distance traveled by a typical person in the UK using various forms of transportation in 1985 and 2000.
Overall, what is immediately apparent is that the total miles traveled by the average person in a year increased substantially over the fifteen-year period, while there were considerable variations in the average number of miles traveled for each specific transport type.
The car, which was the most used form of transport in both years, had a large increase in average miles, rising from 3199 to 4806. Travel by long distance bus and train also climbed appreciably, with the former more than doubling from 54 to 124 miles and the latter growing from 289 to 366. The largest relative rise in average miles was for traveling by taxi, which more than tripled from 13 to 42 miles per year.
Conversely, human-powered transport – cycling and walking – saw slight drops in total average miles. Traveling by foot declined from 255 to 237 miles, while cycling experienced a decrease from 51 to 41 miles. Finally, it should be noted that ‘other’ forms of transport climbed by just under a third, standing at 585 in 2000.” (181 words)
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