IELTS Writing Task 1 - Tables

The table illustrates the comparative statistics about the seven hindrances encountered by students from two different elementary schools in 2005 and 2015. The units of measurement are in percentage.

Overall, The survey started in the year 2005 which revealed that not following instructions had the highest fraction while poor reading ability received the lowest percentage in students from school A. Difficulty concentrating in lessons garnered the topmost proportion, while problems in spelling obtained the lowest section in children from school B. After 10 years, handwriting took the top spot in school A, whereas both concentration difficulties and verbal expression got the top spot in school B.

On the one hand, in the year 2005, not following instructions acquired the highest proportion with 40% from school A followed by problems in concentration, troubles in verbal expressions and lacking listening skills with 40% and both 35% respectively, whereas poor reading ability got the lowest percentage. In school B, having a hard time concentrating is the topmost problem with 15 % followed by verbal expression obstacles, poor listening skills and problems in reading with 14%, 11% and 8% accordingly.

On the other hand, after 10 years, trouble with handwriting got the highest number with 28% from school A. Just trailing behind were spelling struggles and weak reading ability with 25% and 23% correspondingly. In school B both problems in verbal expression of ideas and concentration lessons shared the top spot with 15% next to it are lacking in listening skills and weak reading ability with 10% and 9% respectively.      

Finally, not following instructions and concentration difficulties received the lowest in school A with both 18% whereas poor reading ability obtained the lowest number with only 9% in school B.

Word count - 286 / Band score 8

The table shows the comparative figures based on four monthly expenditures namely; food and drink, housing, clothing and entertainment in the following countries; France, Germany, The UK, Turkey and Spain.

Overall, Turkey had the highest percentage of food and drink, while the UK spent most of their money on housing, Germany got the top spot in clothing and entertainment respectively.

On the one hand, based on food and drink spending with 36% Turkey had the highest figure followed by Spain and The UK with 31% and 27 % correspondingly, whereas France had 25% and lastly the Germans with 22%.  In terms of housing, the British spent the highest amount of 37% and the Spanish received the lowest with 18%.

On the other hand, looking at clothing expenses, theGermans spent the most with 15% while the citizens of Turkey, the British people and the Spanish trailed behind with 12%, 11% and 8% respectively, while the French had the lowest clothing expenditure with only 7%.

Finally, with regards to entertainment, Germany produced the highest number with 19% followed by Spain, France and the UK with 15%, 13% and 11% accordingly, as Turkey got the lowest with 10%.

Word count - 195 / Band score 8

The table illustrates the comparative figures based on four phases of the lives of citizens from five countries namely Bangladesh, Bolivia Egypt, Indonesia and the USA.

Overall, The United States of America got the highest number on the GNP and caloric intake per person. They also have the longest life expectation and the lowest infant death rate, whereas Bangladesh obtained the lowest figure in the same category. In addition, they have the shortest life expectancy and received the highest numbers of mortality rate in infants.

On the one hand, based on the GNP in 1982 using US dollars as the basis, the Americans got the highest figure with 13160 followed by Egypt and Indonesia with 690 and 580 respectively, whereas Bolivians got 570 and lastly with 140 are the Bangladeshis. The USA yet again have the highest daily caloric intake per person with 3653 while Bangladesh got the lowest daily calorie consumption per citizen with 1877.

On the other hand, looking at the life expectancy, Americans outlive the other citizens from the four countries with 74 as the average life expectation. Just trailing behind were Egypt, Bolivia and Indonesia with 56, 49 and 40 correspondingly, whereas Bangladesh got the lowest position with only an average of 40 years old.

Finally, with regards to the infant mortality rate, Bangladesh received the highest rate with 132 deaths per 1000 live births followed by Bolivians, Egyptians and Indonesians with 124, 97 and 87 respectively, whereas only 12 infants’ deaths are recorded for the Americans.

Word count - 251 / Band score - 8

The table illustrates the proportion of national expenditure in Ireland, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Turkey on three categories of items in 2002.

Overall, all countries spent most on food, drinks and tobacco, which was almost three times that of the other items. The lowest expenditure was on leisure and education in the five countries. The expenditure of Turkey overall was higher than the other countries.

In terms of food, drinks and tobacco, Turkey spent the most at 32.14%. The expenditure of Ireland was also high (28.91%) compared to Sweden which spent the least (15.77%). Spain and Italy spent 18.80% and 16.36% respectively.

Italy spent more than the other countries on clothing and footwear (9%) as opposed to the lowest expenditure which could be seen in Sweden at 5.40%. The other three countries spent on average around 6.5%.

The lowest expenditure was on leisure and education which accounted for under 5% in all countries. Turkey spent most on these items at just 4.35% of their national expenditure which is around double that of Spain which spent the least at just 1.98%.

This table clearly presents and compares favorable pastimes in eight different countries. The pastimes, across the top of the table, are analyzed in relation to each country.

As can be seen, about 60% of Canadians, Australians and Americans like watching television. On the other hand, this figure is quite low for China where only 15% of people watch television. Predictably, Americans like music at 23%, whereas only 2 to 5% of people in the other countries feel the same way. 20% of people in England enjoy sleeping as a pastime whereas in Canada and the USA, for example, the figure is only 2%. Interestingly, the Chinese like hobbies the most at 50%, as opposed to only 20% in France. It isn’t surprising that the highest percentage of beach-lovers is in Australia and the USA at 30%.

It seems that pastimes of people of different nationalities may be influenced by a number of factors such as the socio-economic situation or the climate. These factors influence cultural differences between different nationalities and make cross-cultural experiences more interesting.

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