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The column chart compares the number of years at school male and female adults took from 2000 to 2010, while the pie charts show the percentage of people achieving four types of qualifications: secondary school, college, diploma, and university degree in 2000 and 2010.

Overall, both genders saw an increase in the number of years studying at school, although male took more years than female in all those years. Furthermore, while the quantity of people graduating secondary school and college decreased after 10 years, there was an opposite trend with that owning diploma and university degree.

In the bar chart, male adults spent around 7.5 years to study, while female adults took 2 years less than male, at 5.5 years. The number of years at school of male and female rose gradually in 10 years, to 9 years and approximate 8 years respectively.

In 2000, the shares of four highest achievements were nearly the same, at around over 20% for each. In particular, there was the biggest share of percentage of people earning secondary school qualifications, at 27.7%, whereas 21.8%, the smallest quantity, belonged to university categories. However, in 2010, the proportion of people graduating from university and secondary school reversed, at 44.5% compared to 8%.


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Does the bar chart show the average number of years of school that adult Singaporeans have completed?

I do not understand how this data can be real statistics. Demographic data like this does not change so rapidly and dramatically.

In fact, I found that the government of Singapore has published the statistics on their web site and I took a snapshot of the real data. (See the attached image). There is only about a 1-year difference in schooling between men and women. For example, in 2000, men had 9.2 years of schooling compared to 8.1 for women. And the numbers for 2010 were 10.6 and 9.7.


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And that is not the worst discrepancy on this task. Have you found the other glaring problem?

Hint: Compare the average years of schooling with the information on the pie charts.

If you answer this question, you will have marvelous critical thinking skills.

Do you mean while the number of years people studied at school were high, the highest achievement on secondary schools should not appear on this pie chart?

You are on the right track. Let's look at the final year, 2010.

The bar chart claims that the average number of years of schooling for males was between 9 and 10, and it was about 8 for females. Let's assume that there are equal numbers of girls and boys, so the average would be about 9.

To graduate from secondary school, a person needs 12 years of schooling. University graduates have at least 4 more years, or 16 years.

But the pie chart is completely inconsistent, stating that 44% have a university degree, 16% a college degree and no one has less than a secondary school achievement (a high school diploma).

How can 60% of adults have more than 12 years of schooling (the average would be about 15 years among these two groups) when the overall average is 9 years?

Here is the actual data from Singapore for 2009. It shows that a significant percentage (37%) have less than secondary school achievement, 22% have a high school diploma and the average is 9.7 years of schooling. That, mathematically, makes sense.

The data you are writing about is pure nonsense.

Also, you can see that the average years of schooling in Singapore is approaching 12 years in the most recent data (2019). Since the average includes the less-educated older citizens, I can infer that nearly all young people are graduating from high school, and a goodly number of them are pursuing higher education.


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Thank you for your explanation. I've never thought of this problem before choosing this graph.

By the way, I wrote two new essays, IELTS task 1 and 2, that need to be checked. Can you go over these essays for me, please?



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Hà Trần 8023I've never thought of this problem before choosing this graph.

That website has other Task 1 essay topics with mathematically flawed charts and graphs.