IELTS Table Gap Fill Exercise
Lesson 12

The aim of this lesson is to use an IELTS table gap fill exercise to improve your vocabulary knowledge and flexibility when you are describing a table.

However, although the information is presented here as a table, this is the same language were it to be presented as another type of graph such as a bar chart or pie chart.

So it provides you with practice generally for writing about graphs that are not over time.

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

IELTS Table Gap Fill Exercise

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The table illustrates the proportion of monthly household income five European countries spend on food and drink, housing, clothing and entertainment.

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

Write at least 150 words.

Proportion of household income five European countries spend on food and drink, housing, clothing and entertainment.

  Food and drink Housing Clothing Entertainment
























Word choices:

it is evident that However shows a quarter on the largest
the remaining ranging between respectively while much less on


The table 1. the amount of household income that five countries in Europe spend per month on four items. Overall, 2. all five countries spend the majority of their income on food and drink and housing, but 3. clothing and entertainment.

Housing is 4. expenditure item for France, Germany and the UK, with all of them spending around one 5. third of their income on this, at 30%, 33% and 37%, . In contrast, they spend around 6. food and drink. 7. , this pattern is reversed for Turkey and Spain, who spend around a fifth of their income on housing, but approximately one third on food and drink.

All five countries spend much less on 8. two items. Regarding clothes, France and Spain spend the least, at less than 10%, 9. the other three countries spend around the same amount, 10. 12% and 15%. At 19%, Germany spends the most on entertainment, whereas UK and Turkey spend approximately half this amount, with France and Spain between the two.

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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

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Lesson 1:
Opening and Closing a Letter

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