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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.

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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
  • gender
  • the least
  • more than
  • around 33%
  • at the same level
  • percentages for
  • school children
  • equal
  • is exactly
  • 4% for
  • bar chart illustrates

Place the correct word in the gap

The 1. information on the quantity of drugs 2. in New Zealand take, divided by 3. and measured 4. . Overall, it is immediately apparent that hashish or marijuana is used 5. any of the other drugs, whereas LSD and medical drugs are used 6. . 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. number of boys and girls take cocaine.

To begin with, boys use more hashish or marijuana than girls at 8. and 29% respectively. Following this, boys take heroin, opium or morphine 9. but girls 10.

On the other hand, the 11. amphetamines and solvents 12. for both boys and girls at 2% and 3% for girls and 13. both drugs for boys. Next, the pattern for LSD and medical drugs 14. the same for both genders at 1% for girls and 3% for boys. Finally, boys and girls take cocaine 15. , 4%.

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