5 Jul 2019

Cambridge IELTS 14 writing test task 1 academic report model answer

IELTS writing task 1 academic reports band 9 model answer from Cambridge book 14. [book 15 model answers here] I will show you how to analyse the task, plan it, and write it to a band nine level. I’ll go into detail about the task achievement, cohesion and coherence, lexical resource, and grammar.

The charts below show the average percentages in typical meals, of three types of nutrients, all of which may be unhealthy if eaten too much.

The charts below show the average percentages in typical meals, of three types of nutrients, all of which may be unhealthy if eaten too much.

The pie charts give nutritional information regarding three types of potentially unhealthy ingredients for different meals. Overall, dinner accounted for the highest levels of salt and saturated fat, whereas snacks accounted for the highest levels of sugar that was added.

Salt and saturated fat consumption followed similar patterns. Dinner accounted for 43% and 37%, respectively. This was followed by lunch with 29% sodium and 26% fat. Levels of sodium were the same for breakfast and snacks at 14%. Fat was significantly higher for snacks at 21% than it was for breakfast (16%).

Added sugar had roughly opposite consumption patterns. Forty-two percent of the sugar was consumed from snacks. The next highest was dinner at 23% and lunch at 19%. Breakfast accounted for the lowest percentage at only 16%.

Overall, dinner accounted for the highest levels of salt and saturated fat, whereas snacks accounted for the highest levels of sugar that was added.

As can be seen from the information above, most sodium and saturated fats were consumed for dinner, while for sugar it was snacks.


[Note that added this last paragraph on because the response was under 150 words. Essentially I have just paraphrased the overall summary in the introduction. This is to show you what to do if you find yourself in this situation in the test.]

The chart below shows the value of one countries exports in various categories during 2015 in 2016. The table shows the percentage change in each category of exports in 2016 compared with 2015.

The bar chart illustrates a nation’s exports, by category, in 2015 and 2016; and the table gives the changes and exports for each category, on a percentage basis during the same period. Overall, all categories increased except for precious stones and jewellery.

The top two exports, which were oil-based goods and engineered products, had similar sales volumes. Petroleum products increased slightly by 3% from $60 billion in 2015 to about $62 billion in 2016. Engineered goods increased at a faster rate of 8.5% from roughly $58 billion in 2015 to approximately $61 billion in 2016.

The other three categories had much lower export values. Gems and jewellery recorded the only decline in sales of about $42 billion in 2015 declining by about 5 per cent in 2016. Farming products were $30 billion in 2015 and had only a slight increase of .81%. The greatest increase, of over 15%, was for textiles, which increased from approximately $25 billion to over $30 billion.

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rephrasing of given vocabulary

country = nation

export earnings = earnings from exports, exports, sales abroad

petroleum products = oil, crude oil, oil based products

engineered goods goods = manufactured products

gems and jewellery = precious stones and jewels

agricultural products = farm produce

textiles = cloth materials

% /percentages = per cent, proportion

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The diagram below shows how electricity is generated in a hydroelectric power station.

The illustration shows how a hydroelectric electricity plant generates power. Overall, power is generated during the day when water is released from a dam, and then at night, the water is pumped back to the dam.

Looking first at the daytime operation, this begins when water flows down a river to a high-level water storage facility with a dam. Next, the water passes through an intake of the dam and to a hydropower station. Subsequently, the water turns turbines which feeds power to the National Grid. At the end of the daytime, the water ends up in a low-level reservoir.

The nighttime operation starts with the turbines being reversed and water being pumped from the low-level reservoir. This water is then pumped up to the dam and into the high-level reservoir. All the water stays in the high-level reservoir because the intake to the dam is closed.

The plans below show a public park when it first opened in 1920 and the same park today.

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The two pictures illustrate a park when it opened in 1920 and today. Overall, every feature of the park has been changed except for the entrances and one of the three rose gardens.

Looking first at the far left side of the image, the seats and music stage have been converted into a large amphitheatre with stadium-like seating. In the centre of the park, the two entrances remain the same, but the water fountain has been transformed into a rectangular-shaped rose garden with seating around each side.

Turning to the far-right side of the plans, the pond has become a play area for children and the glasshouse is now a water feature. Below the water feature, an underground parking area has been built and this can be accessed by turning left off Eldon Street. Next to the entrance on Arnold Avenue, the rose garden has been replaced with a café.  

[150 words]

IELTS academic task 1 map cambridge 14 grange park
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4 Responses

  1. Here are some questions I would like you to check upon,

    ‘a nations exports’ – shouldn’t that be *nations’s
    ‘oil based’ – isn’t that one *oil-based
    ‘only decline with sales’ – shouldn’t that be decline *in sales

    please update

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