Note: This is the actual prompt in a recent IELTS exam in my area. It seems to me that it was not that hard at first, but it turned out to be a really difficult question when I started doing it. I am so grateful if someone could give me advice and a sample of writing if possible.


Task 1: The bar chart shows the types of media that people of different age groups used to get daily news in one country in 2011. Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.


The chart compares the percentage of individuals of five various age groups in terms of three media types used for reading daily news in a specific nation in 2011.

Overall, apart from people who were 10-17, radio was the most popular media for getting everyday news among all age groups. Additionally, 18-29-year-olds were generally more likely to use media channels to read daily news more than other groups.

For three groups of people aged 18-29, 30-49, and 50-64, the percentages of those using radio to get news were almost equal and highest, at 93%, while the proportions for social network users were significantly lower, at approximately 80%, 45%, and 32%, respectively. Meanwhile, individuals who read news via micro blogging accounted for the lowest proportions, at around only 25%, 15%, and 8%, respectively.

For news readers who were 10-17 and more than 65, the percentage of people in the higher age using radio was highest, at 82%, compared to roughly 40% for the lower age group. At the same time, social network and micro blogging users who were younger made up 80% and 10% of these groups respectively, while the percentages for older people were only 10% and 5%.

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tk2004The chart

What kind of chart?

tk2004 five various age groups

What are the ages of the groups?

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tk2004 three media types

What are they?

Opening paragraph: This gives all the parameters of the chart in two sentences. It focuses on the information being solicited and reported. Note that the groups are given names so that they can be referred to by name in the body paragraphs.

In 2011 in one nation, people were asked if they used one or more of the following sources to get their daily news: bloggers, radio and social networks. The bar chart plots the percentages of respondents grouped into five age ranges: children 10-17, young adults 18-29, adults 30-49, older adults 50-64 and seniors 65 and older.

Sample essay

In 2011 in one nation, people were asked if they used one or more of the following sources to get their daily news: bloggers, radio and social networks. The bar chart plots the percentages of respondents grouped into five age ranges: children 10-17, young adults 18-29, adults 30-49, older adults 50-64 and seniors 65 and older.

Overall, people used all three sources regardless of age. Except for the children, radio was the most frequently cited source. Social media had an interesting pattern: the younger the age, the more likely they were to use it.

In detail, listening to the daily news on radio had the highest proportions, the exception being the children, with 40%. In contrast, 95% of the adults aged 18-64, mentioned radio. Eight out of ten in the two youngest groups, aged 10-29, consulted their favorite social media sites for news, and the percentages declined to 45% and 33% in the adults and older adults groups, respectively. Only one in ten of the seniors used social media. Blogging had its highest interest in the young adults, but it was barely 25%.

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Thank you for the sample writing. It's really helpful to me when it contains some interesting patterns of language. (I don't know this saying is properly right or not in English)

So I have a few questions here, then hope that you could give me answers.

"children 10-17, young adults 18-29, adults 30-49, older adults 50-64 and seniors 65 and older."

-> Is it typical of age classification in English? -> I think this pattern is really useful for exercises related to age groups.

"listening to the daily news on radio"

-> I could use gerunds to refer individuals doing specific activities, couldn't I?

"Blogging had its highest interest in the young adults, but it was barely 25%."

-> It seems to me if the data of a particular category is not significant, I could only describe it with a simple sentence.

tk2004"children 10-17, young adults 18-29, adults 30-49, older adults 50-64 and seniors 65 and older."-> Is it typical of age classification in English? -> I think this pattern is really useful for exercises related to age groups.

Yes.

There are specific nouns for age ranges. For example, toddlers are age 1-3, pre-teens are 10-12, teenagers are 13-19, juveniles are typically 16-21, seniors are over 65, and elderly are over 80.

tk2004"listening to the daily news on radio"-> I could use gerunds to refer individuals doing specific activities, couldn't I

That clause refers to the activity (the category), not the (number / proportion / percentage) or people themselves

Would you mind checking my recent piece of writing for Task 1 at the following link?

https://www.englishforums.com/English/PleaseWritingTaskMap/bpxnjh/post.htm

I am so grateful for your help.

Thank you.

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