Model IELTS Academic Writing Task 1: Table – Percentage of People Interested in Certain Sports

Oct 20, 2021 | IELTS, IELTS Test, IELTS Vocabulary, IELTS Writing

IELTS Writing Academic Task 1 is the bread and butter of IELTS teachers because of the unique challenges it poses. 

This month’s model essay describes a table showing the percentage of Britons interested in certain sports.

The essay follows the following format:

1st paragraph: paraphrases the question as an introduction and gives an overview of the data 

2nd paragraph: reports the data contained in the pie chart

There should be no conclusion. Two paragraphs are all you need for an IELTS Task 1 – it is best to keep things simple!

The Question

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. 

The table below shows the results of surveys of people in the UK, carried out in three different decades. It shows the percentages of people who said they were interested in certain sports.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 pie chart and bar graph by Andrew Turner for

You should write at least 150 words. 

The Answer

The table illustrates the proportion of people living in the UK who followed six different sports at three points in time over the two decades to 2010. Overall, there was no discernible trend in the popularity of most sports. Rugby, however, steadily rose in popularity, while judo was the only sport that became less popular over time. 

Football was the most popular sport throughout the period shown, accounting for 50-60% of respondents. Judo was consistently the least followed sport, nominated by 9% of those surveyed in 1990, falling steadily in the years to 2000 and dropping to just 4% by 2010. In 1990, just over a tenth of the UK population chose rugby, cricket, and swimming as their favourite sport, while around a quarter of respondents reported enjoying golf the most. In 2000, rugby viewership had risen substantially, to 20% of those surveyed, compared to that of golf, cricket and swimming, which remained largely flat. By 2010, interest in rugby had increased still further to 24%, while slightly fewer people were following golf and swimming than a decade previously. There was a modest rise in the number of cricket followers, to 14%, over the same period.

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