IELTS Writing Task 1: combined graph exercise; fillings gaps with clues

To get a satisfactory band score in IELTS writing task 1, you need to do a lot of exercises. Here is such an exercise for you which can help you learn how to write the answer to a combined graph. You can learn some important vocabulary and special languages which can develop your skills in writing task 1.

Writing Task 1, combined graph exercise: fillings gaps with clues

So, how should you answer this question? 

First, look at the question carefully and follow the instructions.

Then, take a close look at the given pictures and locate the important trends.

Next, go to the model answer with blank spaces. Go through it once or twice.

After that, look at the clue box and try to match words or phrases with the trends you located earlier.

Afterward, put your answers down in the correct order.

Finally, post your answers in the comment box below.

When you are finished with your answer, if it is correct, you’ll get an excellent model answer to this combined graph too.

IELTS Writing Task 1: Combined Graph exercise

The chart and graph show the share of listening to music by teenagers in Asia and Europe for the year 2014 and listening to folk music by them between 2006 and 2014.   

Look at the combined graph of IELTS writing task 1 above and fill in the blanks using clues from the box.


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The bar chart _ _ _ _ _ _ _  the rate of listening to folk music by_ _ _ _ _ _ _   in the year 2014 in Asia and Europe. It can be seen that in Asia, classical and folk songs _ _ _ _ _ _ _  the market with _ _ _ _ _ _ _  85% and 64% of the total listening rate. In the same place, a _ _ _ _ _ _ _  trend is observed in music like pop songs with _ _ _ _ _ _ _  20% and hip-hop with nearly 40%. On the other hand, the figures in Europe show a completely opposite trend. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ only 5% and 23% European teenagers listen to folk and classical songs _ _ _ _ _ _ _, they _ _ _ _ _ _ _ for nearly 73% and 75% share of listening to hip-hop and pop songs respectively.

The line graph, however, presents the trend of listening to folk music among the same age group between 2006 and _ _ _ _ _ _ _. In _ _ _ _ _ _ _, 4 million teenagers listened to this type of songs whereas only 1.5 million enjoyed it in Asia. Since then, however, folk songs saw a rapid change in the number of listeners. Until 2009, the number_ _ _ _ _ _ _ about 2.2 million for Europe and climbed up to 3.5 million for Asia. It _ _ _ _ _ _ _ went up for Asia and reached 4 million in 2011 and then it plunged to 3 million in 2013. At the same time (between 2009 and 2013), the number of listeners in Europe _ _ _ _ _ _ _ between 2.5 and 2 million. However, the number dropped in both regions in 2014, accounting for 1 million in Europe and about 1.7 million in Asia.

_ _ _ _ _ _ _, the charts illustrate that modern song _ _ _ _ _ _ _  popularity in Europe while the opposite trend is observed in Asia whereas folk songs, though popular in Europe in 2006, lost its esteem in both _ _ _ _ _ _ _  in 2014.

To find out the answers, first, post your own answers in the comment box. I’ll check some of these answers and then provide the correct answer in the comments you make. I hope you will participate in this exercise and get your skills judged. It is important to do some exercises like this. 

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  1. hello, do you have the correct answers for this exercise? I’m a teacher in Mexico, thank you in advance

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