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Below is a chart showing how many hours per week the average person spent on various kinds of media, including watching TV, surfing on the Internet, listening to the radio, and reading printed material. The years covered are from 1990 to 2005.

Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information.

You should write at least 150 words.

The line graph gives information about the medium of time people used in one week for distinguished types of entertaining means such as televisions, web pages, radios, off-line materials between 1990 and 2005.


Overall, the proportion of the hours one person wasted on the internet, radio and printed material increased while that of television fell during the period from 1990 to 2005. The number of hours of television consumption was entirely higher than that of the other mediums through 15 years.


Firstly, the data on off-line material was about double the hours spent on the radio in 1990. From 1990 and over the average times a person consumed steadily declined from around 7 hours to nearly 2.5 hours. Additionally, the period from 1990 to 2000 witnessed a slight fluctuation of the radio line. Over the year 2000, the figure for radio started to rise gradually reaching around 5 hours in 2005.


From 1990 to about 1993, the number of hours a person using Internet was lowest at exactly 0 hours. By contrast, the data shown on television accounted for the highest proportion (25 hours). Both shares of Internet and television leveled off at 0 hours and 25 hours respectively in the same period. After around 1993 and over, the hours a person wasted on television considerably dropped at almost 17.5 hours whilst that on Internet growth rapidly 3 times at about 14.5 hours.

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You wrote over 230 words, while the minimum is 150.

You will not lose points for writing more; however, longer essays generally do not get high scores. There are many reasons.

First, the longer the essay, the more chances you have to make errors, and you will lose points for these errors.

Second, especially in Task 1, you are likely writing about everything, rather than following the instructions and picking out only the significant points. This will cost you points.

Third, you will take a lot of the limited time writing, and not have time left over to proofread your essay. You will miss the silly mistakes, and that lowers your score.

Fourth, you will not have enough time to devote to Task 2, and get a lower score there. Task 2 counts twice as much for your overall score.

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You need to study vocabulary words and phrases for Task 1. You will not get a good mark because you wrote a lot of text which had mistakes. Each mistake is counted against your score.

To get the highest score, you not only need to use correct and natural English, but combine categories and do more comparisons. You need to pick out the most important features for this, so your text is between 170 and 190 words.

If you want a sample essay for this task, you can ask. Read my advice about vocabulary words.

IELTS TASK 1: Hints, Tips And Advice

Vocabulary Words For Task 1: Reference Post


The line graph gives information about (That is not precise - what is on the line graph?) the medium (wrong word) of time people used in one week for distinguished (wrong word) types of entertainment entertaining means such as (wrong phrase. "Such as" gives an example, a partial list. Your list is complete.) televisions, web pages, radios, off-line materials between 1990 and 2005.

( the materials are not between 1990 and 2005. You have a missing conjunction.)

Overall, the proportion (wrong word) of the hours one person wasted (wrong word) on the internet, radio and printed material increased while that of television fell during the period from 1990 to 2005. (Do not repeat information given previously) The number of hours of television consumption (wrong phrase. We do not consume or eat televisions; we watch them.) was entirely higher than that of the other types. mediums through 15 years.

Firstly, First, the data on number of hours reading printed off-line (wrong word) material was about double the hours number spent listening to on the radio in 1990. From 1990 and over the average times a person consumed (wrong word - The graph does not show the number of hours eating food. ) steadily declined from around 7 hours to nearly 2.5 hours. Additionally, the period from 1990 to 2000 witnessed (wrong word - periods do not witness anything. Only people can witness. ) a slight fluctuation of the radio line. (wrong expression) Over (wrong word) the year 2000, the figure for radio started to rise gradually reaching around 5 hours in 2005.

From 1990 to about 1993, the number of hours a person using Internet (poor English) was lowest at exactly 0 hours. (The Internet was not available until 1993! ) By contrast, the data shown on television (This means that you could see this graph on TV!) accounted for the highest proportion (wrong word) (25 hours). Both shares (wrong word) of Internet and television leveled off at 0 hours and 25 hours respectively in the same period. After around 1993 and over, (wrong word) the hours a person wasted (wrong word) on television considerably dropped at almost 17.5 hours whilst that on Internet growth (wrong word) rapidly 3 times (wrong expression) at about 14.5 hours.