Bar Chart Exercise: Language of comparison, contrast and percentages
This bar chart exercise is a gap fill to give you practice with the language of comparison, contrast and percentages.
Look at the graph and then read the model answer. Choose the right word to go in the gap.
Bar Chart Gap Fill
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
The chart shows the percentage of drugs taken by girls and boys in a school in New Zealand.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons where relevant.
Write at least 150 words.
Place the right word into the space.
Make sure you write (or copy and paste) the word exactly as it appears in the box and also don't leave a space after the word. Doing either of those things will mean it gets marked as wrong.
- at approximately 8%
- in percentages
- at only 5%
- are similar
- the least
- more than
- around 33%
- at the same level
- percentages for
- school children
- is exactly
- 4% for
- bar chart illustrates
Place the correct word in the gap
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Bar Chart Exercise - Answer
The 1. bar chart illustrates information on the quantity of drugs 2. school children in New Zealand take, divided by 3. gender and measured 4. in percentages. Overall, it is immediately apparent that hashish or marijuana is used 5. more than any of the other drugs, whereas LSD is used 6. the least. At first glance we can see that boys take more drugs than girls for 6 out of 7 of the drugs listed, however an 7. equal number of boys and girls take cocaine.
To begin with, boys use more hashish or marijuana than girls at 8. around 33% and 29% respectively. Following this, boys take heroin, opium or morphine 9. at approximately 8%, but girls 10. at only 5%.
On the other hand, the 11. percentages for amphetamines and solvents 12. are similar for both boys and girls at 2% and 3% for girls and 13. 4% for both drugs for boys. Next, the pattern for LSD and medical drugs 14. is exactly the same for both genders at 1% for girls and 3% for boys. Finally, boys and girls take cocaine 15. at the same level, 4%.
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