IELTS Line and Bar Chart
This is an example of two graphs together - a line and bar chart.
Often in the IELTS academic task one you are given two graphs or charts rather than one, which means you have to select the information carefully as you may have more to write about than if you were presented with just one.
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
The line graph shows visits to and from the UK from 1979 to 1999, and the bar graph shows the most popular countries visited by UK residents in 1999.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons where relevant.
Write at least 150 words.
IELTS Line and Bar Chart
Line and Bar Chart Model Answer
The line graph illustrates the number of visitors in millions from the UK who went abroad and those that came to the UK between 1979 and 1999, while the bar chart shows which countries were the most popular for UK residents to visit in 1999. Overall, it can be seen that visits to and from the UK increased, and that France was the most popular country to go to.
To begin, the number of visits abroad by UK residents was higher than for those that came to the UK, and this remained so throughout the period. The figures started at a similar amount, around 10 million, but visits abroad increased significantly to over 50 million, whereas the number of overseas residents rose steadily to reach just under 30 million.
By far the most popular countries to visit in 1999 were France at approximately 11 million visitors, followed by Spain at 9 million. The USA, Greece, and Turkey were far less popular at around 4, 3 and 2 million visitors respectively.
This line and bar chart would get a good score as it meets the requirements of the task.
Note that the introduction mentions both the line and bar chart:
The line graph illustrates the number of visitors in millions from the UK who went abroad and those that came to the UK between 1979 and 1999, while the bar chart shows which countries were the most popular for UK residents to visit in 1999.
The overview also mentions both:
Overall, it can be seen that visits to and from the UK increased, and that France was the most popular country to go to.
The first body paragraph then goes on to explain the data from the line graph, and the second body paragraph presents the data from the bar chart.
View this lesson for further tips and advice on how to describe two graphs together, using the example from this page.
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