IELTS Writing Task 1 - Multiple Charts Example Essay 1

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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The line graph illustrates the comparative statistics on the number of people who visited the UK and the number of British citizens who went outside the country during a 20-year period whereas the bar chart gives detail about the top 5 well-liked countries visited by the British people. The units of measurement are in millions.

Overall, the number of people who visited the UK increased gradually over the years. Similarly, the same trend can be seen in the British people who went out of the country for a vacation. The data also gives information about France, which received the highest number of visiting Brits in the span of 20 years, whereas Turkey had the least number of visitors.

On the one hand, around 10 million visitors who went to the UK were recorded in 1979, it then reached a plateau in 1984 and gradually increased by almost double when it reached 1989. The trend kept on increasing in 1994 up until 1999 when it received 25 million guests and almost 30 million visitors respectively. The same can be concluded of the British people who travelled abroad, almost 11 million UK citizens left the country in 1979 and then it progressively increased up until 1999 where it reached its all-time high of nearly 54 million vacationers.

On the other hand, France ranked first among the five countries that are listed in the data wherein it garnered almost 11 million visitors in 1999. Spain and the USA followed with nearly 9 million visitors and almost 4 million guests respectively. The data also shows that Greece received close to 3.5 million visitors whereas only 3 million British citizens visited Turkey.

Word count - 277 / 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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