IELTS Bar Chart/Graph – Samples, Tips to Describe Bar Graphs

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IELTS Bar Chart/Graph – Samples, Tips to Describe Bar Graphs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a bar chart?

A bar chart uses either horizontal or vertical bars to show comparisons among two or more entities. One axis of the chart shows the entities being compared, and the other axis represents a given value

What is the structure of a bar graph?

The structure of a bar graph is: Introduction Overview Body paragraph 1 Body paragraph 2

What is the difference between introduction and overview? Can I skip the overview because I feel introduction is enough?

In the introduction part, you have to paraphrase the question. In the overview statement, you highlight the key features. If you skip the overview, you will end up with poor scores for task achievement.

Can I have just one body paragraph where I give almost all the information?

No. You cannot. You must have a minimum of 2 body paragraphs. You are evaluated based on the organisation of your paragraphs. It carries 25% of marks.

What is the expected word count for describing a bar chart?

A minimum of 150 words.

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