Academic IELTS Writing task 1 Sample 72 - Marriage and Divorce Statistics for eight countries

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1/ Graph Writing - Column Graphs:

» You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The bar charts below show the Marriage and Divorce Statistics for eight countries in 1981 and 1994.

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

» Write at least 150 words.

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Sample Answer:
The given bar graphs show information on marriage and divorce in eight countries for the years 1981 and 1994. As is observed from the presentation, the marriage rate in all the countries except Denmark decreased over time while divorce rate has increased in five out of eight countries.

As is presented in the bar graph, the marriage rate in 1981 in the USA was the highest among the given countries and that was more than 10 per thousand. In other European countries, namely United Kingdom, Finland, France, Italy, Denmark, the marriage rate was around 6 per thousand. Denmark had the lowest rate of marriage in 1981 which was around 5/ thousand. After 15 years the marriage rate decreased in all of the given countries except in Denmark, where the rate increased by almost 2/thousand. The only Asian country Japan had very little changes of their marriage rate.

From the divorce statistics, we can see that the highest rate of divorce was in the USA which was more than 4 per thousand. The divorce rate increased in 1994 compared to the rate in 1981 in all the countries except in the USA and Denmark. Italy had the lowest divorce rate among the given countries and there was no change of this rate for the given 2 years in Germany.   

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0 # Mohsen 2016-05-25 07:28
The given bar charts provide statistical information on the number of marriage and divorce per thousand in eight developed countries in 1981 and 1994. By looking at the column charts it can be said that the number of marriages decreased in almost all counties except for Denmark and the divorce rate increased in all countries except for the USA, Germany and Denmark.

As is seen in the given illustrations, the USA had the highest marriage and divorce rate among other countries. The USA experienced more than 12 per thousand marriages and just above 5/thousand divorce rate in 1981. Both of these two rates slipped by 1 percent after 15 years. The rate of marriage increased highest in Denmark.

It is interesting to notice that Italy by far had the least percentage of divorce rate. Germany was the only country where divorce rate remained unchanged. Divorce rates in Japan, France, Finland, Germany and Italy were comparatively less than that of the USA and UK.
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