Academic IELTS Writing task 1 Sample 15 - Music albums purchased by people in Britain according to sex and age

The graphs below show the types of music albums purchased by people in Britain according to sex and age.

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

» You should write at least 150 words.
» You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

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Sample Answer 1
The three provided graphs represent data on the type of music albums purchased by the different age group and sex in England. As is observed, Rock music is most popular among the three music types mentioned here and people purchasing classical music album are mostly over 45 years.

In all cases, men purchase more music album than women. Rock and pop music are most popular among young people while classical among the people over 45 years. The market of  rock music is mainly dominated by men with a purchase record of 30% compared to 17% purchase done by women. From the first graph, it is obvious that interest in pop music seems steady among the population who aged from 16 to 44 with 20% and after getting 45 years old people continue to buy pop type music albums.

Among the population of 25 to 34 years old, the rock music is most revered and it reaches its pick. Opposite to the classic music graph, the interest in rock music keeps falling after the 35 years age and a sharp fall after the age 45.

( This model answer can be followed  as an example of a very good answer. However, please note that this is just one example out of many possible approaches.)


Sample Answer 2:
The given charts present data on rock and classic music albums purchased by different age groups of British male and female. As is observed from the given illustration, rock music is more popular among the young people while classic music is preferred by the people over 45 years old.

According to the two bar graphs, more than 25% British male purchased rock music albums while less than 10% preferred classic music albums. Similarly 8% British female purchased rock music albums while 6% from this same category purchased classic music albums. This data depicts that more British men purchased music albums than women.

According to age group, rock music is most preferred by the 25 to 34 age group who purchased around 31% rock music while they purchased only 16% classic music. British people from 16 to 24 years old purchased 30% rock music while their percentage for buying classic music is significantly less amounting only 1%. Rock music is also popular than classic  music among the 35 to 44 years age group who bought 26% rock music albums compared to the only 3% classic music albums. But a completely different trend can be observed among the people over 45 years old who prefer classic music over the rock music. People from this age group purchased 20% classic music albums while the rock music albums they purchased amount only 8%.

In summary, young British males purchased comparatively more music albums that show that they are more interested in music than females of same age groups or male over 45 years old. Besides, rock music is more popular among young British while aged people like classic music.  

(Approximately 275 words) 


Sample Answer 3:
The given charts enumerate the percentage of pop, rock and classical music album purchasers based on their sex and age group in Britain. As a general trend, men were dominant music album purchasers in every kind of music genre.

In pop music, buyers from 16-35 years old were well ahead than other age groups. 16-25 years old pop album purchasers stood close to 25-34 years old and they combinedly purchased more than 60% pop albums solds in Britain. Almost 28% pop albums were purchased by male while this was  early 20% by female. People over 45 years old were less enthusiastic with pop music while their main interest was classical music.With regards to rock music album purchase, a striking similarity between the purchasing trends of pop and rock music albums could be observed. Nevertheless, rock music was the most popular music genre for both male and female and people from most of the age groups.

On the other, classical music was most preferred by the people who were over 45 years old and they purchased over 20% music albums of this music type. However, young people were quite less enthusiastic with classical music with their 1-2 percent purchase of the album of this genre. Interestingly, British people from 25-34 age group preferred classical music while British citizens from 35-44 did not.

[Written by – Jeff]

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+3 # Ki 2016-09-04 15:15
The given graphs display the percentages of people who have purchased Pop, Rock and Classical music albums in Britain categorised by age and gender. As indicated in the graph, men have slightly higher preference for purchasing music albums than their female counterparts. Considering the age-wise purchase, young people preferred Rock and Pop music while the Classical music is preferred by older age group.

Observing the details, it can be inferred that males have purchased more Rock and Pop music (over 25%) than classical, at about 7%. On the contrary, the purchases by female stood at less than 20% for Rock and Pop and only over 5% for classical music albums. From the age-group point of view, 16-34 years males and females purchased more Rock and Pop albums than the classical albums. Interestingly, classical music albums were popular among the age group of 25-34 and 45+. Very few youngsters and 35-44 years people purchased Classical music albums.
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+5 # Ruth Bobiles 2016-06-17 09:35
The given bar graphs present the number of British male and female patronizing albums of two different music genres which are rock and classical music.

From the given illustration it could be deduced that age significantly matters in music choices, as shown in the data by ages 16 to 24 and 45+ being on the opposite scales of the two music categories. For 16 to 24 age group, rock music is highly favored as 30% of them purchase this album types while about a percent of them choose classical music. As opposed to above presented information, ages 45+ prefers the opposite at about 20% sides to classical music as compared to only 3% to rock music.

As for gender, it could be said from the data that more males are inclined to music as in both graphs; men made more purchase as compared to women.

In general viewpoint, most males and females, and most age groups prefer rock music over classical music.
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+2 # Glady 2016-04-08 14:57
Nice one by IELTS students.
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+1 # Ali Reza 2016-02-18 07:55
The column charts give data on the percentages of people who bought three different types of music albums in Britain based on their age and sex. A glance at the graphs reveals that male purchased more music albums than that of females and 16-34 years British preferred pop and rock genres while the classical music was favoured by people over 45 years old.

As is presented in the illustration, more than one quarter British men purchased pop and rock music while less than 10 percent bought classical music. The percentages of women in Britain who bought music albums were lower than that of British males and these women's preference was rock and pop music. The column chart further classifies the percentages of British music purchasers based on their age groups. 30 percent British who were between 16 to 24 purchased pop music and a similar percentage of this age group bought rock music. Purchasers percentages for the pop and rock music between 25 to 35 were slightly over 30. These two music categories were less preferred by the people over 35-year-old. On the other hand, the highest percentage of classical music buyers fall in 45+ age group followed by 25-36 years age group. Younger people purchased very few classical music albums.
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0 # Jake 2015-06-25 16:33
The given charts provide information about music albums purchased in Britain by different age and sex, and what type of music they love to listened.

In the rock type of music according to the chart the highest buyers are in the age of 25-34 and followed by ages 16-24. The lowest is at the age of above 45 years old, and according to the graph for rock music male buyer is greater that female.

On the other chart, it shows that mostly at the age of above 45 years old buy the classical type of music it has more than 20% and followed by ages 25-34, surprisingly the ages 16-24 is very few its about 2% compared to the same age range who buy rock music. The both rock and classical type of music the male is greater than female.

In summary, male is more music lover than female no matter what age. As people getting older they change the type of music they want to listen.
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