IELTS Academic Writing Task #1

Tip: 3 paragraphs is typically enough for 150 words.

Write at least 150 words.

The charts below show the results of a survey of adult education. The first chart shows the reasons why adults decide to study. The pie chart shows how people think the costs of adult education should be shared.

Write a report for a university lecturer, describing the information shown below.

The charts provided illustrate why adult learners study as well as their opinion about how the fees for their courses should be divided. Overall, such learners have multiple motivations for studying while it is believed that costs should be split between the public, the learner and their employer.

The two main purposes named in the survey were earning a qualification and being interested in the course, with 38 and 40 per cent respectively. A little under a quarter of respondents felt that it was useful in their present position. One in five people felt it would increase their chances of advancement at work while the same number simply enjoy the educational process. Smaller numbers also felt it may help them to change jobs or meet new people.

Turning to the pie chart, it was felt that the individual should pay the largest portion at 40%, with the employer picking up 35% of the cost and the public paying one quarter. Although it isn’t shown, it would be interesting to see how the division of course costs varied across the different motivations.

(181 words)

Useful Language

the charts provided – don’t say the charts below, use provided or given instead

as well as – try to avoid using and to link clause all the time

the public – note how this is used to avoid saying taxpayer

respectively – used to say two numbers relate to the two things mentioned before in the same order

advancement at work – used to paraphrase promotion

it would be interesting to see – you should be careful not to write information which isn’t actually seen in the data. However, this phrase lets you say what you would like to know

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