IELTS Writing Task 1 – Line Graph Essay 1

In this post, we will look at a Writing Task 1 Academic line graph essay example from the IELTS writing task 1 Academic Test. Students often ask if the questions are repeated year after year and the answer is no, but the type of chart or graph can be.

There are so many questions written each year, you may find you practice answering various questions on different topics. It is best practice to learn how to answer each one of the various types of writing task 1 questions, from bar charts, line graphs, maps, process etc.

If you would like to learn how to structure a charts and graphs essay please click the button below >

Take a look at the IELTS Writing Task 1 Academic essay example below >>

*This line graph question and answer were provided by a student. IELTS Achieve did not design this question*

The line graph displays three varieties of fast foods (Hamburger, pizza and fish and chips) purchased by Australian teens over a 25-year period.

Overall, both pizza and hamburger consumption rose steadily as the years progressed until it remained steady by the year 2000, while fish and chips started strong at the beginning of the time period, then gradually plummeted reaching its lowest point at the end of 2000.

On the one hand, Australian teenagers didn’t opt to eat pizzas in 1975, as below 10 instances were recorded, however, as the years passed by, an upward trend can be observed in the number of pizzas consumed by Australian youths, as it reached its highest peak in 2000 at over 80 times per year. Similarly, the same can be said for eating hamburgers, below 20 hamburgers were consumed in 1975, this steadily increased until it reached its maximum peak at 100 hamburgers consumed per year by the year 2000.

On the other hand, fish and chips started out as being very popular.  An average of a whopping 100 fish and chips were eaten in 1975 though it slightly decreased in 1980 (almost 80 times) then slowly rose again after 5 years ( 1985, 90 times) nonetheless it continued to decrease as the years passed by wherein the year 2000 it plummeted and reached its lowest peak at nearly 40 fish and chips.

Word count – 231 / Band score – 8

  • Task Achievement – The answer provides a paraphrased question, to begin with, followed by an overview that gives the reader key information.    
  • Coherence and Cohesion – The answer has been divided into clear logical paragraphs.      
  • Lexical Resource – There is evidence of paraphrasing, synonyms and some less common words. 
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy – The answer has no grammatical errors. The sentences are mainly made up of multiple clauses and have a variety of structures. 


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