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IELTS Bar and Pie Chart

This IELTS bar and pie chart compares the numbers of men and women attending evening courses and their ages. 

Organising Two Charts

When you have two charts together, the best thing to do in most cases is describe one after the other rather than trying to combine information.

Doing that can be confusing to write, takes longer, and can make it confusing to read. Often it is completely separate information anyway so needs to be described separately.

So in the IELTS bar and pie chart, firstly describe the bar chart, then the pie chart. 

It may be that one of the charts will have more information to describe. In this IELTS bar and pie chart for example, the first one is likely to make up most of your description. 

IELTS Bar and Pie Chart

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The bar chart below shows the numbers of men and women attending various evening courses at an adult education centre in the year 2009. The pie chart gives information about the ages of these course participants.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words.

IELTS Bar Chart
IELTS Pie Chart

Model Answer

The bar graph presents the numbers of males and females at an adult education center who attended different evening classes in 2009. The pie graph displays data on the students’ ages. Overall, females were seemingly more interested in the classes than men. Age-wise, night classes appealed more to older people than younger people.

As seen in the bar graph, more females attended the classes than males. The most popular class for women was in languages (40), which saw twice as many women attending as men. Painting courses were also popular, with more equal attendance, though women still outnumbered men, at 30 and 25 respectively. Drama again witnessed double the attendance for women over men. The only course with more men was sculpture, for which 10 men signed up versus only 5 women.

Regarding age, the course participants were predominantly from the seniors, those 50 years old and above, and people in their forties with 42% and 26%, respectively. Next came the thirty-year-olds (16%) and twenty-year-olds (11%). Very few students attending the evening classes were under 20 years of age.

(179 Words)


The IELTS bar and pie chart is organised well as it clearly explains the information from both charts.

The bar chart is clearly divided up into firstly discussing the classes more popular with women and finally the class that men prefer.

Then response then discusses the information from the pie chart. 

Data is used to support the description and relevant compare and contrast language for graphs is used.

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