IELTS Single Time TASK
The IELTS static task is designed to test your ability to compare and contrast information shown in a line graph, bar graph, pie chart, table,process diagram, or map (the last two tasks will be covered in a separate section). You must present the information in your own words as complete sentences within paragraphs. You are required to write over 150 words, and the task should be completed in 20 minutes (both part 1 and 2 must be finished in 1 hour).
1) comparison vocabulary to describe differences and similarities of data
2) describing numbers and percentages
3) past or present tense
The table shows the percentages of consumer expenditure for three categories of products and services, in five nations, in 2002. Overall, the largest proportion of consumer spending in each nation was for foodstuffs, beverages, and tobacco; and the lowest was for recreation and learning.
With regard to food, beverages, and tobacco the nation that spent the highest share was Turkey, at 32.14%, followed by Ireland, at nearly 29%. Spain, Italy and Sweden all spent the lowest at a little over 15%.
Turning to clothes and shoes the Italians had the highest figure at exactly 9%. The next highest proportions were by the Irish, Spaniards, and Turks at around 6.5%. The Swedes spent the least at 5.40%
Finally, looking at expenditure on recreation and learning, the highest level of spending was by the Turks at 4.35%. The next highest was in Sweden and Italy with about 3.2% each, followed by the Irish at 2.21%, and Spain, which had the lowest proportion at 1.98%.
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