Academic IELTS Writing task 1 Sample 134 - Proportion of monthly household income five European countries

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1/ Graph Writing - Table:

» You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The table illustrates the proportion of monthly household income spend on food and drink, housing, clothing and entertainment in five European countries.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main feature and make comparisons where relevant.

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Proportion of household income five European countries spend on food and drink, housing, clothing and entertainment.

Academic IELTS Writing task 1 Sample 134

Sample Answer 1:
The table compares the allocation of monthly earning in five different European countries (France, Germany, UK, Turkey And Spain). According to the statistic, in general, it is clearly seen that most countries spend heavily of their income on housing compared to other household aspects.

To begin with, the largest allocation of income in terms of food and drink is experienced by Turkey. This figure stands at 36%, but other aspects, such as housing, clothing, and entertainment, are just under 30% of the proportion of monthly household income. In contrast, even though Germany’s citizens allocate just 22% of their earning in food and drink, but in other household aspects, they spend heavily than other countries. This figure is considered as the biggest expenditure.

Three countries, namely France, the UK, and Spain, have smaller proportions of household income in clothing. These stand at 7%, 11%, and 8%, but the largest expenditure in France is in housing, this figure is the same with the UK, at only 37%. However, the biggest allocation of monthly income in Spain is experienced in food and drink, at 31%.
In entertainment aspect, most countries allocate just under 20% of their earning monthly.

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+1 # Kesikan 2015-04-29 15:42
The provided table compares the money paid by the citizens in five different countries on housing, clothing, entertainment, food and drink. Overall, most of these countries spend a major share of their income on housing.

To begin with, mass people in France, Germany, and the UK spend more than 30% of their income on housing, with the UK spending 37% is the highest. Food and drink expenditure of Turkey and Spain are 36% and 31%, which stand the highest among the other nations.

On clothing, Spanish and French allocate the least amount, i.e. 8% and 7% respectively, which is 15% in Germany, 11% in the UK and 12% in Turkey. All the people in these countries spend more than 10% of their income on entertainment with German being the highest spender - 19% towards it. Surprisingly they spend only 22% on food and drinks. Though Germans have a low expense on food and drink, they spend heavily on other household activities.

To sum up, all the given five countries show a variety of expenditure trend, whereas Germans spend more in all aspects except for the food and drinks.
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