IELTS Writing Task 1 - Pie Chart Example Essay 1

In this post, we will look at a Writing Task 1 Academic pie 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 >>

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The chart below shows how much money is spent in the budget on different sectors by the UAE government in 2000.

Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

The diagram describes the comparative statistics of the annual expenditure of ten departments of the government of the United Arab Emirates in 2000. The units were measured in billion AED.

Overall, the Social security sector received the largest amount of budget while the Department of Transportation got the lowest amount of funds.

On the one hand, the receiver of the largest portion of the annual budget of the United Arab Emirates government in 2000 is the Social security sector with 100 billion AED followed by the Health and personal social services and the Education department with 53 billion AED and 38 billion AED respectively. Landing in the fourth spot is the other expenditures and the Debt sector with both 23 billion AED.

On the other hand, the Defense Department had 22 billion AED and trailing behind are the Departments of Law and order and the Housing, heritage and environment sector with 17 billion AED and 15 billion AED correspondingly. The Industry, agriculture and employment department received 13 billion AED and then finally, the Department of Transportation got the least amount of budget with only 9 billion AED. 

Word count - 187 / 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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