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IELTS Writing Task 1 - Sample Table Essay

When describing tables in IELTS Writing Task 1, you should keep in mind that you can not give estimated figures such as approximately 12 thousand students. The examiner expects you to show the correct and exact figures as stated in tables such as 11,918 students.

Below is a sample table for Writing Task 1:

Sample essay describing the table above:

The table describes changes in percentage of the use of various mobile phone features from 2006 to 2010.

In general, over the period shown, making calls was the only feature that recorded a downward trend, although its decline was not significant: by only 1% from 100% in 2006 to 99% in 2010.

Taking photos and text messages were the two most used features among mobile phone users from 2006 to 2010. Whereas the proportion of text messages increased by 6% from 73% to 79%, that of taking photos rose by a greater amount of 10% from 66% to 76%.

In 2006, 12% and 17% of mobile phone users saw their devices as a tool to play music and play games, respectively. The popularity of these two features jumped by more than twice to 26% and 41%, respectively in 2010.

No data of the features of searching the Internet and recording video were available in 2006. Although the former feature had higher figures, the later feature witnessed a faster growth by nearly 4 times from 9% in 2008 to 35% in 2010.

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