Academic IELTS Writing task 1 Sample 12 - Consumer durables owned in Britain from 1972 to 1983

» You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The table below shows the consumer durables (telephone, refrigerator, etc.) owned in Britain from 1972 to 1983.

Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information shown below.

» You should write at least 150 words.

Consumer durables

1972

1974

1976

1978

1979

1981

1982

1983

Percentage of households:

 -

-

 -

 -

-

-

 -

 -

Central heating

33

43

48

52

55

59

60

64

Television

93

95

96

96

97

97

97

98

Video

-

-

-

-

-

-

 -

18

Vacuum cleaner

87

89

92

92

93

94

95

 -

Refrigerator

73

81

88

91

92

93

93

94

Washing machine

73

81

88

91

92

93

93

94

Dishwasher

 -

-

-

3

3

4

4

5

Telephone

42

50

54

60

67

75

76

77


Sample Answer 1:
The given presentation shows data on the number of different consumer durables owned by British people from 1972 to 1983 and compares the percent of people use those devices during the years.

As is observed from the given data, 33% households had central heating machines initially in 1972 and the percentage increased each year and reached to 64% in 1983, which shows that the central heating machine users almost doubled in 12 years. Again, Television was the most common household equipment with 93% households had them. This ration reached to 98 percent with slight increase year by year. However, Video was introduced a later time as no data is given for this equipment except 1983 when only 18% houses had them. Then Vacuum cleaner, refrigerator and washing machines were three most popular household appliances after TV which was owned by 70% house owners in 1972 and the percentages increased to over 90 after 10 years. Interestingly, dishwashers were very less popular as only 3% houses had them initially in 1978 and their user's percentages reached to only 5 in 1983. Finally, the percentage of houses that had telephones was only 42% but with their popularity, this percentage reached to 77 after 12 years.

In conclusion, the television was the most popular consumer durable while the dishwasher was the least common type of durables the British people had during the years 1972 to 1983. Vacuum cleaner, refrigerator and washing machine were three other popular consumers’ durables for the given period in Britain.

Sample Answer 2:
The given table compares eight different consumer products possessed by the British between 1972 and 1983. As a whole, television was the most common item they were using during this period, while dishwasher, which was introduced in 1978, was the least popular durable product in the UK.

It can be seen that television and vacuum cleaner were those two devices consumed more than the other ones, from 1972 to 1983. About the former, it ranged from 93% to 98% and the latter from 87% to 95% ownership in Britain. Furthermore, the figures of both groups gradually rose.

In contrast, dishwasher and video were the least favourable durable during 1972 to 1983. 3% of British citizens began using the dishwasher in 1978, reaching the maximum of 5% in 1983. In addition, the video became a durable electronic device since 1983, and only 18% of these people used it. On the other side, usage of all of the other products, including washing machine, refrigerator, telephone or central heating steadily grew. In this case, the percentage for central heating had the greatest growth, rising from 33% in 1972 to almost twice in 1983. 

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0 # Fariha Nasir 2016-09-10 20:18
I hate this table description. The values are so confusing and easily can get mixed with.
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0 # Donato 2016-06-10 08:20
The data displays information regarding the consumer durables ownership in Britain from 1972 to 1983. It is clear that almost all of the households owned a television throughout the study period and the dishwasher was owned by the least percentages of British households.

Initially, television ownership recorded 93% in 1972 and this increased by 5% after 11 years. Meanwhile, Vacuum cleaner possession in Britain was 87% at the start of the period and it went up by 8% in 1982. However, no data was recorded for the following year, i.e. 1983. Furthermore, central heating was used by 33% British houses at the start of the period. This is almost one-third of the ownership of the television. Nonetheless, it increased steadily to 64% in 1983. Refrigirator and washing machines, on the other hand, had recorded identical figures on their ownership in every year of the entire study period. They both had 73% possessions in 1972 and it went up to 94% after 11 years.

Finally, Video did not have information recorded until 1982 and so as the dishwasher from 1972 to 1976. The latter, however, remained the lowest throughout the 11 year period. Telephone owned household's percentage was 42% initially and it ended up with 77% ownership in 1983.
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+7 # Kesikan 2015-04-28 14:18
The table given compares the use of various household electrical consumables over a period of 11 years in Britain. Overall, the use of these consumables has increased except the vacuum cleaners.

In 1972, the most used electronic item was television, which rose gradually to reach 98 per cent by 1983. Vacuum cleaner was the second popular consumable in 1972 (87%) which had a fluctuating pattern of use in the following years; however the use of it got wiped out in 1983. The use of refrigerator and washing machine followed the identical trend of use since 1972 to 1983 which was 73 and 94 respectively.
Likewise, the least used consumer durables in 1972 were telephone (42%) and central heating (33%) grew up constantly throughout the consecutive years ending up 64% and 77% respectively. By 1983, the video players came into use around 18% of the houses had it and only 5% of the households had dishwasher.

To summarize, it is evident that televisions, refrigerators and washing machines were the most used consumer durables among Britain throughout the 11 years.
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