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Academic IELTS Writing Task 1: Cambridge 14 Test 2; combined / mixed graph; a bar chart and a table on exports of five items; with two model answers and tips

This Academic IELTS Writing post focuses on two model answers for a combined/mixed graph from Cambridge 14 Test 2 on the export of five items. In this post, I’ve written two model answers for you, and given some tips to write Task 1 answers in a great way. I hope this post helps you with your Academic IELTS preparation.

Let’s have a look at the question title and the picture.

The chart below shows the value of one country’s exports in various categories during 2015 and 2016. The table shows the percentage change in each category of exports in 2016 compared with 2015.

Now let’s have a look at two different answers for this same picture. 

Model Answer 1:

The depicted bar chart outlines the exports of a country, by five categories, in 2015 and 2016 whereas the table presents the changes and trades for each category, on a percentage basis during the same period. In general, all categories experienced an increase except for precious stones and jewellery. 

Two of the highest trades, which were oil-based products and engineered items, had comparatively almost the same sales volume. Petroleum products went up marginally by 3% to approximately $62 billion from $60 billion in 2015 in 2016. Engineered goods increased more quickly at 8.5% from around $58 billion in 2015 to around $61 billion in the year 2016.

The other three categories experienced far lower export rates. Gems and jewellery had the only drop in sales of almost $42 billion in 2015 decreasing by around 5% in 2016. Farming items were $30 billion in 2015 and had only a minimum increment of .81%. The most noteworthy increment, which was over 15%, was for garment products, which developed from around $25 billion to over $30 billion.

(175 words)

Model Answer 2:

The illustrated chart and table outline the changes in export earnings for a country on five categories from 2015 to 2016. As an overall trend, it is clearly apparent that all earnings had sharp improvements except for gems and jewellery, which dropped slightly. The lion’s share of earnings was for petroleum and engineered products, whereas textiles and engineered products experienced the biggest bounce in percentage. 

The two primary exports were petroleum products, which went from approximately $61 billion in 2015 to around $63 billion after a year, and engineered goods from $58 billion to $62 billion. That was a short 3% up for petroleum and a far higher increment of 8.5% for engineered items.

The other three categories had much lower sales if compared to these two exports. Gems and jewellery were the only trade which declined by 5.18% from $43 billion to $41 billion. Although it dropped sharply,  agricultural products were lower all through the time at around $31 and just above $31 billion in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Garment products experienced the smallest amount of exports in 2015 at around $26 billion but it went up roughly to level itself with agriculture by 2016.

(196 words)

A simple tip for writing better:

Always remember to scan the picture and take some notes on the picture if you need. There is no penalty for marking your question paper with a pencil. So, you should take this advantage and make some critical notes which may help you to write your answer flawlessly. Note-taking helps us to write better; always remember this. 

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