Academic IELTS Writing Task 1 Topic : hours worked and stress levels amongst professionals in eight groups – Graph

IELTS Material Resources – Writing Task 1 Topic 24:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The graphs show figures relating to hours worked and stress levels amongst professionals in eight groups.

Describe the information shown to a university or collage lecturer.

Write at least 150 words

Academic IELTS Writing Task 1 Topic 24
Academic IELTS Writing Task 1 Topic 24

Model answer:

Two graphs give different information related to eight professional groups. The bar chart indicates the number of weekly work hours done by the groups while the pie graph illustrates the percentages of people suffering from stress related illness in the different professions given.

In general, business men work the longest among the eight groups while the smallest amount of time is normally worked by lecturers. According to the pie chart, lecturers struggle the most with work-related stress. Although their average working hours is smaller than any other group in the chart, lecturers suffer from the highest level of stress caused by their job.

The bar graph shows that business men and movie producers work the most at about 70 hours and 62 hours per week respectively. At the opposite end of the scale, lecturers work only around 25 hours. Working hours of other professionals varied with doctors, writers, programmers, lawyers and chefs working approximately 52, 46, 35 and 32 hours per week in the name ordered.

The pie graph shows that the professional who has the highest incidence of stress related illnesses is lecturers at 25%. Movie producers and doctors also have high rates with 18% and 15% each. The figures for business men, lawyers, chefs and writers can be grouped into percentages between 11 and 8%. The lowest rate of stress illness is attributed to programmers at only 5%, which is only a fifth the figure for lecturers.

(239 words)

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  • HI,im having troubles with my writing task 1.can you help me to correct my mistakes in my writing. this is my writing on test 1 of Cambridge IELTS 10 book…its about the 2 pie charts given.. please correct my mistakes. thank you

    the above given charts shows the household energy consumption and the house hold green house gas emissions in Australia.
    main components given in the charts are Water heating, Heating, Refrigeration, Cooling, Lighting and other appliances.
    from these components highest energy use is found in Heating (42%) whereas lowest is found in Cooling(2%)
    however the emission of greenhouse gases is highest for Water heating (32%) and lowest for Cooling (3%)
    the energy consumption for Water heating is also considerably higher with 32% when comparing with the energy consumption of other components except for heating which have consumption less than 20%
    nevertheless the emission of green house gases for other appliances is also higher with 28% considering the other components which have emission less than 20%( except Water Heating)
    however these charts depicts that the energy usage of each component is more or less connected to the emission of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere

    thank you

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