Academic IELTS Writing Task 1 – Pie Charts & Band 8.5 Model Answers

Academic IELTS Writing Task 1
Academic IELTS Writing Task 1

Below we have provided an informative chart which you can analyse and write a paragraph which will help to get a good band score in IELTS Writing Task 1. Here it is important for you to study the chart and understand as quickly as possible which will help you to write a descriptive answer.

In Writing task 1 (academic paper) you will have 20 min to write a full report:

  • Bar chart
  • Diagram or process
  • Line graph
  • Pie chart
  • Table
  • Map
  • Combination of above-mentioned topics

Use the sample practice material to develop your IELTS Writing Task 1.

IELTS Writing Task 1

  • The chart shows the main methods of transportation for people travelling to one university for work or study in 2004 and 2009.
  • Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons where relevant.


The two pie charts compare the percentages of travellers using five traffic methods to commute to one university for work and study in 2004 and 2009. In general, after ten years’ time, buses overtook cars to be commuters’ top preference for transport mediums. It is also obvious to see that while the proportion of people travelling by cars decreased significantly from 1994 to 2004, the popularity of other methods observed an upward trend.

In 1994, over half of people (51%) travelling to the university used cars as their main method of transport, making automobiles the most preferred one, followed by bus with 33%. However, the figure for can users experienced a nearly twofold decrease to only 28% in 2004.  Witnessing a reverse trend, after a 10-year period, the percentage of bus-based travellers rose by 11%. The trend of preferring buses to cars could be attributed to the installation of a new bus stop in 2006 and alterations to the car park at the university in 2008.

An upward pattern was observed in the proportions of pedestrians, train passengers and bike riders. Marginally mare people chose to travel by train or walked to the university from 2004 to 2009, accounting for insignificant percentages of less than 6% between 1994 and 2004. These means are the least favoured by travellers. However, a more substantial rise, from 9% to 16%, was seen in the bicycle share. 

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