IELTS Academic Writing Task 1
In Academic IELTS Writing Task 1, you need to describe a visual (usually one or more graphs, a process, a map or diagram) in at least 150 words. This should take you just 20 minutes.
At first, this may be a daunting challenge, but with expert guidance and lots of practice, it can become quick, easy and (almost) fun!
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The graph below shows average carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per person in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Italy and Portugal between 1967 and 2007.
The line graph compares the average emissions of carbon dioxide per person in 4 European countries from 1967 to 2007.
Overall, it is clear that the UK produced the most emissions per capita of the 4 nations over the period although the levels fell slightly. The amount of CO2 emitted per person dropped more markedly in Sweden while levels rose in Italy and Portugal.
In 1967, the UK and Sweden had the highest emissions per person with around 11 metric tonnes and 9 tonnes respectively. Portuguese people had a much lower output, with under 2 tonnes and Italians about double this. Over the next decade, carbon dioxide emissions soared in Sweden to peak at just over 10 tonnes per person before falling suddenly. By the end of the period, Swedes had reduced their levels to under 6 tonnes while in the UK, the figure had fallen less sharply to around 9 tonnes.
In contrast, there were significant increases in the CO2 emitted by Italians and Portuguese over the 40 years. Italy’s figure almost doubled, making it the second highest emitter by 2007 while Portugal’s figure rose even more dramatically to about 5 tonnes per person in the final year.
(199 words | band 9)
(Task from Cambridge IELTS Book 11, CUP, 2016)
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