IELTS Writing Task 1 - Multiple Charts Essay Example 3

In this post, we will look at a Writing Task 1 Academic multiple 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 multiple chart question and answer were provided by a student. IELTS Achieve did not design this  question*


The bar chart gives information about the 5 main intentions of commuting in public in the US in 2009 while the pie chart illustrates the data with regards to the main concerns of Americans in using public transportation.

Overall, the main reason that Americans use public transport is to travel to their workplace and back home again whereas, they also highlighted that there are 6 problems that are usually encountered when travelling in public. The high cost of the fare topped their list while the area allotted to pedestrians was of the least concern.

On the one hand, there are five main purposes why Americans travelled in public in 2009. The main reason was travelling to and from work (49%) followed by personal reasons and shopping with 19% and 16% respectively. The data also shows that they used public transport for recreational purposes (10%) and lastly when they visited friends or relatives (6%).

On the other hand, the cost of travelling is their main issue in using public transportation garnering 36% while concerns about their safety came second with 19%. The data also illustrates concerns about aggressive drivers and traffic problems with 17% and 14% respectively. Accessibility to public vehicles and space for pedestrians were also mentioned with 8% and 6% correspondingly.

Word count - 212 / 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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