IELTS Pie Chart Gap Fill Exercise

This IELTS pie chart gap fill exercise gives you the chance to practice the language for this type of chart.

This will help to improve your vocabulary knowledge, range and flexibility when you are describing a pie chart.

It will also help to improve your grammar.

There is no time change in the chart, so the focus is on the language of comparison and contrast.

Although the information is presented here as a pie chart, it is similar to language you would use for other charts where you compare or contrast.

Some language that is particularly common to pie charts though is using the the proportion of.

When you learn language for a task 1, it is a good idea to look at 'chunks' of language rather than single words, or in other words collocations.

This will improve your writing skills.

So for example, you would learn the phrase accounted for rather than just accounted or the proportion of rather than the proportion.

Read the question and look at the table. Then decide which word should be placed in the gap.

You can also follow the link at the bottom to see the full chart and model answers and to do some more quizzes to improve your writing

IELTS Pie Chart Gap Fill Exercise

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The pie charts show the electricity generated in Germany and France from all sources and renewables in the year 2009.

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

Write at least 150 words.

Words choices:

was lower was very different at approximately the remaining compare
the proportion of was far higher accounted for one fifth whereas

IELTS pie chart gap fill exercise

The four pie charts 1. the electricity generated between Germany and France during 2009, and it is measured in billions kWh. Overall, it can be seen that conventional thermal was the main source of electricity in Germany, 2. nuclear was the main source in France.

The bulk of electricity in Germany, whose total output was 560 billion kWh, came from conventional thermal, at 59.6%. In France, the total output 3. , at 510 billion kWh, and in contrast to Germany, conventional thermal 4. just 10.3%, with most electricity coming from nuclear power (76%). In Germany, 5. nuclear power generated electricity was only 6. of the total.

Moving on to renewables, this accounted for quite similar proportions for both countries, 7. 15% of the total electricity generated. In detail, in Germany, most of the renewables consisted of wind and biomass, totaling around 75%, which 8. than for hydroelectric (17.7%) and solar (6.1%). The situation 9. in France, where hydroelectric made up 80.5% of renewable electricity, with biomass, wind and solar making up10. 20%.


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Correct answers:


You can check out a full answer on our Model Graphs pages

Here are some more quizzes to practice phrases common to pie and other charts:

Quiz 1

Quiz 2


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Writing Task 1 (Academic)

Intro Lesson:
How to Write an IELTS Writing Task 1

Lesson 1:
Describing a Graph Over Time

Lesson 2:
Describing an IELTS Pie Chart

Lesson 3:
Describing an IELTS Process

Lesson 4:
Describing two graphs together

Lesson 5:
Common Language of Change

Lesson 6:
Gap Fill - Bar Chart

Lesson 7:
Gap Fill - Line Graph

Lesson 8:
Common Language to Compare and Contrast

Lesson 9:
A Common Mistake

Lesson 10:
Describing Tables

Lesson 11:
Organizing your answer

Lesson 12:
Gap Fill - Table

Lesson 13:
Using Prepositions

Lesson 14:
Describing the future

Lesson 15:
Gap Fill - Pie Chart

Lesson 16:
Gap Fill - Process Diagram

Lesson 17:
Organising an IELTS Line Graph

Writing Task 1 (GT)

Lesson 1:
Opening and Closing a Letter

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