IELTS Sample Task 1: Travel to and from Work

by Ramesh
(India)

<b>The graph shows the different modes of transport used to travel to and from work in one European city in 1960, 1980 and 2000.</b>

The graph shows the different modes of transport used to travel to and from work in one European city in 1960, 1980 and 2000.

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

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The bar chart shows four times of vehicles used to travel and from work place in three different years (1960,1980,2000)in one of the city in Europe.

Overall, use of car increased over three years,while the use of bus declined.The figure for train and tube fluctuated.

In 1960,most of the commuters travelled to and from work by bus,with slightly less than 40%.on the other hand,only small amount of employee used car,at around 7%.At the same time,the percentage of commuters who used tubes and trains were 27% and 18% respectively.

In 1980,the figure for people using train to go work rose to 27%,but fell back to 22% in 2000.In contrast, number of people who went to work by tubes decreased by 5% in 1980,before reaching to 25% in 2000.

Employee travelled to work by car rose, and reached at 37% in 2000,whereas commuters number dropped to 15% at the end of period.

AGAIN REQUEST FOR CORRECTION ASAP.
THANKS IN ADVANCE.
MUCH APPRICIATED.

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Here is a corrected version:

The bar chart shows four times types of vehicles used to travel and from to work place in three different years (1960,1980,2000) in one of the city in Europe.

Overall, use of car use increased over the three years, while the use of buses declined. The figures for the train and the tube fluctuated.

In 1960, most of the commuters travelled to and from work by bus, with slightly less than 40%. On the other hand, only a small amount of employees used cars, at around 7%. At the same time, the percentage of commuters who used tubes and trains were 27% and 18% respectively.

In 1980, the figure for people using trains to go to work rose to 27%, but fell back to 22% in 2000. In contrast, the number of people who went to work by tube decreased by 5% in  1980, before reaching to 25% in 2000.

Employees travelling to work by car rose, and reached at a peak of 37% in 2000, whereas bus commuting numbers dropped to 15% at the end of period.

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Further Comments



Overall its a good answer as you have identified and compared all the key information.

You also have a mix of complex structures. You must have some of these to get a higher score.

One of the key points to get a good score for 'task response' for the Task 1 is to make sure you categorize / group information appropriately so it is easy to follow and read and this also shows you have good analytical skills.

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May 30, 2013
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to ielts buddy
by: Anonymous

the student writes amounts of employee..... and which has not been corrected is it right? i think there should be number of instead of amount ???

Jun 03, 2013
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Sample Task 1: Travel to and from Work
by: IELTS buddy

Yes, you are right. I missed that. 'Employee' is countable so it should be 'number'.

Jun 03, 2013
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task 1 academic
by: shruti

this is most useful site I ever found, I am grateful for this. I have a question in bar graph with different dates given for the particular subject {eg unemployment rate for 10 years time} should we mention all given years

THANKS IN ADVANCE

Jun 06, 2013
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Travel to and from Work
by: IELTS buddy

Hi, thanks for the compliments.

You don't always have to put down every year. The question says "select and report on the main features", so that is not necessarily everything.

But it really depends on the graph. If there is less information (or years) you may be able to describe each year, but if there is a large time span you probably will not be able to.

Hope that helps

Jul 20, 2013
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clarification for ielts buddy :)
by: Niner X

Hi Ielts Buddy! I am to take IELTS in 2 mos. Can you please clarify/exemplify the point you made in the feedback as:

You also have a mix of complex structures. You must have some of these to get a higher score.

Can you please highlight the MIX and COMPLEX STRUCTURE used in the sample essay? I wanted to get higher score as well! :)

Jul 22, 2013
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Complex Structures in a Task 1
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

These are the complex structures:

Overall, use of car increased over three years, WHILE the use of bus declined.

At the same time, the percentage of commuters WHO used tubes and trains were 27% and 18% respectively.

In contrast, number of people WHO went to work by tube decreased by 5% in 1980, BEFORE reaching 25% in 2000.

Employees traveling to work by car rose, and reached at 37% in 2000, WHEREAS commuters number dropped to 15% at the end of period.

See this lesson for further advice on complex structures:
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Aug 15, 2013
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Please, help me!!!!! Thanks....
by: Anonymous

The bar chart compares four models of transport used to work in one European City in three different years. It is measured in percentages of commuters. At first glance, it is clear that throughout this time the modes of transport preferred to work were the car and the bus.

in 1960, the bus was the mode of transport most popular of the commuters, accounted approximately 40%. Meanwhile, a significant proportion used the tube and the train, around 26% and 17%, respectively. A very small number used the car, came to only 6% of total.

In 1980, the proportion of commuters who went to work by bus decreased, stood at around 26%, the train showed a brief rise reached to 27% of total, the tube accounted a slight fall 22%. But, the car increased sharply stood at 22%.

In the final year, a significant proportion of commuters preferred used the car, finish at a massive 36%. Meanwhile, the tube and the train showed similar trend, standing around 22%. In contrast, the numbers of people who used the bus decreased considerably, finish at 15% in 2000.

Dec 25, 2014
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Please help me check my task 1
by: Anonymous

The graph shows percentage of commuter in different types of transports used to travel to and from work in year 1960, 1980 and 2000.

According to the graph, it clearly shows that car used to travel to and from work had increased from year 1960 to year 2000 which slightly about 7% increased to 38%. For bus in year 1960 had dropped to year 2000 which roughly about 39% fell to 15%. However, train in year 1960 to year 1980 had increased about 9% while in year 2000 had declined from 28% to 22%. Next, transport of tube used to travel to and from work in year 1960 to year 1980 had went down about 7% and it went up to 25% in year 2000.

In conclusion, the most popular transport used to travel to and from work in year 1960 to year 2000 was car and the least of the transport was bus. The difference of the percentage of commuters may be result population of transports in a certain city.

Feb 09, 2016
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Travel to and from Work
by: Anonymous

The graph compares the percentage usage of various transportation modes from 1960 to 2000, in an intervel of 20 years. It can be clearly seen that, people preference for personal vehicles (like car) is increased in comparison to other public transporatations (like train, bus, tube)

In 1960, Buses are utlisied predominantly with usage rate of around 40%. In second and third place, tubes and trains are used by 28% and 18% of people. The cars are least travelled with percentage of around ()

Afterwards, in 1980, both trains and tubes saw a downfall of around 10 to 5%, whereas usage of trains is increased by 10%. The amount of cars utilised is almost increased thrice from 7% to 22 %.

In the end, usage of cars peaked the overall chart and buses became the least preferred transportation mode. Both trains and tubes settled at equal usage rate

Mar 10, 2016
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Could you give feedback and grade (1-9) to this essay please?
by: Ozlm

The given bar chart gives information on the annual proportions of the commuters that used variety of transportations between 1960 and 2000.
Overall, it can be seen that more than 35 percent of people highly preferred to commute by buses in 1960, this preference rapidly decreased by 15 percent afterwards. Cars had the lowest percentage that is almost 7 percent in 1960.

In spite of decreasing the usage of buses in 1980, buses and train usage had the highest percentage that was 28 per cent. Train preference increased by 28 percent. Moreover, tubes and cars usage in 1980 was almost 23%, and remained the same, cars and buses had almost the same percentage of commuters.

In 2000, cars had the highest usage ratio, the usage rapidly rose more than 35 percent.

Although, people had the highest ratio of usage trains in 1960, as we see trains were the second least preferable in 2000. 15 percentage of commuters transported by buses, this is the lowest ratio among the types of transportation in 2000. As we see, the people`s preferences for transportation totally changed over the years.

Jul 01, 2016
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CONTIUATION
by: Anonymous

Four types of vehicles namely bus, car, train and tube were used over the period of three years (1960, 1980 and 2000).

Nov 11, 2016
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PLEASE CORRECT IT
by: DAYA

The bar graph depicts the various types of transportation facilities used to travel to and from the job by commuters in Thailand in 3 different years such as 1960,1980 and 2000. Overall,the public were depending more on the public transport system in 1960. Later, It was preceded by private cars.

In 1960,the commuters were mainly depending on bus services (38%) than other modes of transportation. The percentage of commuters who used tubes and trains were about 27% and almost 23% respectively.It is evident from the graph that public were depending mainly on public transport systems. Only a few commuters were using cars , and it accounted for less than 10%.

After 2 decades, the use of bus services by commuters was declined dramatically, and it reached to just above 25% from 38% in 1960. During that period people were depending more on train services, and its end up with 27%.The percentage of cars and tubes used by them were almost equal.

In 2000, the commuters were depending mainly on cars rather than public transport systems, which is about 37%. While tubes and trains were about 22% and 25%|respectively.The bus reached to 15% which shows a gradual decline in the usage of bus services in the last 4 decades.

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