IELTS Writing Task 1 - Bar Chart Example Essay 3

In this post, we will look at a Writing Task 1 Academic bar chart 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.

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

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


The bar chart illustrates the comparative statistics of seven addictive medicines used by male and female students in New Zealand. The units of measurement are in percentage.

Overall, marijuana or hashish claimed the top spot from both genders whereas lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and recreational use of medical drugs shared the lowest percentage of both male and female students.

On the one hand, marijuana or hashish received the highest percentage of both the female students (with nearly 30%) and from the male students (with almost 32%). Lesser used drugs are heroin, opium and morphine with 5% of the girls and closely 9% of the boys.

On the other hand, almost 5 % of the males and 4.5% of the females used solvents whereas both genders preferred to use cocaine which was equally tied at 4%. Amphetamines were also included on the list, with 3% from the girls and almost 5% from the boys.

Finally, lysergic acid diethylamide and the use of recreational drugs tied at the lowest spot with only 2% from the female students and around 3.5% from the male students.

Word count - 182 / 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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