(The graph gives information about male and female gym membership between 1980 and 2010. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.)


The graph illustrates the data about the number of women and men who have gym membership over 30 years between 1980 and 2010

Overall, What stands for from the graph, there was a significant upward trend in the number of female gym membership while the male saw a considerable downward trend over the period in question. Another striking point is that the male gym membership showed the highest figure in the first year but this figure was lowest in the last year of the period

Looking at the details, in 1980 the amount of female gym membership was about 1000 people and then it increased significantly to above 2000 people, While the figure for male started at above 2000 and fluctuated to the same level with the female. Over the 10 years, both the male and female witnessed a fluctuated change. The figure for men gym membership fell at about 1800 people in 1995 and then rose slightly to nearly 2200 people, By contrast, the number of women increased and then dropped to the same level as men in 2000

Over 10 years after 2000, the amount of men gym membership reached a peak at 5000 people in 2005 then plummeted rapidly at under 1000 people in 2010, while the figure for women went up slightly at nearly 3000 and then fell gradually to under 2000 in 2010

The (what kind of graph?) graph illustrates the data about (wrong expression. "Illustrate" is for pictures and diagrams, not plots. We do not illustrate data!) the number of women and men who have gym membership (That is not correct. You are describing the number of men and women who exercised in a gym for thirty years of their lives.) over 30 years between 1980 and 2010 (missing punctuation)

Overall, What stands for from the graph, (wrong expression.) there was a significant upward trend in the number of female gym membership (wrong form.) while the male (There was only one man?) saw a considerable downward trend over the period in question. Another striking point is that the male gym membership showed the highest figure (wrong word) in the first year but this figure (wrong word) was lowest in the last year of the period (missing punctuation)

Looking at the details, in 1980 the amount (wrong word - amount is for non-count items. Amount of water, food, petrol and luggage.) of female gym membership (wrong form) was about 1000 people and then it increased significantly to above 2000 people, While the figure (wrong word) for male (wrong form) started at above 2000 and fluctuated (wrong word) to the same level with the female. (wrong form) Over the 10 years, (Which 10 years? There are thirty years in the graph.) both the male and female witnessed (wrong word) a fluctuated (wrong word) change. The figure (wrong word) for men gym membership (wrong form) fell at (wrong word) about 1800 people in 1995 and then rose slightly to nearly 2200 people, (wrong punctuation) By contrast, the number of women increased and then dropped to the same level as men in 2000 (missing punctuation)

Over 10 years after 2000, the amount of men gym membership reached a peak at 5000 people in 2005 then plummeted rapidly at under 1000 people in 2010, while the figure for women went up slightly at nearly 3000 and then fell gradually to under 2000 in 2010 (missing punctuation)

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This is not typical of an IELTS line graph, in that it is so variable and erratic. I doubt you will get anything like it on an actual exam.

In IELTS Task 1, you will get the best marks only if you combine categories. And the only choice you have with this task is to compute the total membership in this gym, consisting of the addition of men plus women.


The line graph plots the number of memberships (men and women) in a gym between 1980 and 2010.

Overall, the numbers were quite erratic, with no discernable pattern. The men's memberships varied much more than those of women, with high peaks in 1985 and 2005. For about 20 years (1980-1992) and (1999-2007), men outnumbered the women.

In detail, men memberships ranged from a high of 5000 to a low of 700, compared to the women's (1000 to 3000). There were three years where they were equal, 1992 and 1999 (2300), and 2007 (2800). Total gym membership in 1980 was 3100, and it rose to 6000 in 1985, with 4000 men and half that number of women, 2000. It declined, and in 1992, there were 4600. It remained relatively constant through 1999, because of the negative correlation of the men's and women's curves. Between 1999 and 2005, male memberships more than tripled to 5000, and the total peaked at 7800. But after that, numbers of both men and women declined to end at a total of 2600 (1900 women, 700 men) in 2010.