Academic IELTS Writing task 1 Sample 16 - The chart below shows estimated world illiteracy rates by region and by gender
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The chart below shows estimated world illiteracy rates by region and by gender for the year 2000.
Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information below.
»You should write at least 150 words.
Sample Answer 1:
The given bar chart shows the approximate world illiteracy rates by gender and region for the year 2000. As is observed in the given column graph, in all cased, the illiteracy rate among women was higher than men. Developed countries had almost ignorable illiteracy rate. On the contrary, about half of the population in south Asia, Arab states and Africa were illiterate.
The illiteracy rate in Latin America / Caribbean and East Asia / Oceania was only 1 percent (approximately), 10 percent and 14 percent (approximately) respectively considering both male and female. Sub-Saharan Africa, the Arab States and South Asia had rates of approximately 40%, 41% and 45%. Illiterate women were higher than the illiterate men in all the given countries.
In the developed countries, the proportion of literacy among men and female was almost similar but the differences increased for Asia, Arab states and Africa. Among the given 6 countries, South Asian population were far more illiterate than any other country.
(Approximately 163 words)
( 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 bar graph shows the illiteracy rates of different regions of the world both for male and female for the year 2000. As is observed from the graph, South Asian, Arab and African countries had a very high rate of illiteracy while this percentage was very low in developed countries as well as in the Latin American countries. Besides, it is also observed that female illiteracy rate was higher than male illiteracy rate in all part of the world.
As is presented in the graph, the illiteracy rate among female was higher than male in all parts of the world. The illiteracy rate in South Asian, Arab states and in Sub-Saharan Africa was alarmingly higher than any part of the world. More than 50 female in South Asian and Arab countries were illiterate while this percentage was only 1 in developed countries. Around 30% male were illiterate in these two regions while this percentage was less than 1 in developed countries. The illiteracy rate in Sub-Saharan African countries was similar to the South Asian and Arab countries. East Asia and Oceania had less than 20% illiterate people while this rate was around 10% in Latin America/ Caribbean countries. Finally, in developed countries, most of the people were literate as they had a very small percentage of illiterate people which amounted less than 1%.
In summary, the South Asian, Arabian and Sub-Saharan countries had a severe illiteracy rate compared to any part of the world and female illiteracy rate was higher than the male illiteracy rate all over the world.
(Approximately 258 words)