Academic IELTS Writing task 1 Sample 180 - Research students studying six science-related subjects

» You are advised to spend about  20 minutes on this task.

The chart below shows the numbers of male and female research students studying six science-related subjects at a UK university in 2009.

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

» You should write at least 150 words.

research students studying at a UK university in 2009

Sample Answer 1:
The column graph compares the male and female research students in a UK university in six science-major subjects in the year 2009. As a general trend, biology and medicine were preferred by both sexes while physics and astronomy were picked by male research students in this university.

As is obvious from the given illustration, physics, astronomy and geology were mostly picked by the male research pupils while veterinary medicine as a subject was mostly preferred by females. While more than 200 male took physics, only about 40 female did so and a similar trend could be observed in the case of astronomy and geology. The highest number of students took biology as the number of students in this subject exceeded 400. Medicine was the second preferred subjects by the students of this university with exactly 200 male and about 175 female students. The only subject which got more female students than male was veterinary medicine in which more than 100 female enrolled compared to the just about 90 male students. The number of male research students in this UK university was approximately one thousand while it was about 550 for female. 

[Written by - Eva]

Sample Answer 2:
The proportions of research students, both male and female, who were studying in six different science courses at a UK university in 2009 are revealed in the form of bar chart. All in all, the proportions of male research students in Physics, Astronomy and Geology were much higher than the female research students while more female were engaged in Veterinary Medicine than that of males.     

Looking at the detail it is clear that the number of male students was always more than the women, except in the research class of Veterinary Medicine. The gap between the number of male and female students is most visible in Physics subject in which there were more than 200 male students against the only 40 female students. Interestingly, the numbers of women students who took Veterinary Medicine was higher than the men, nonetheless. In this faculty, the proportion of men scholars was nearly a hundred, just a couple of tens less than the women. The Highest number of research students were in Biology while the lowest number of that students could be observed in Veterinary Medicine.  

In summary, female research students in the UK in 2009 preferred Biology, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine while male research students mostly preferred Biology, Physics, and Medicine.

[Written by - Nur Fadhilah]

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-3 # Byte 2016-06-20 06:32
The given bar chart compares the number of male and female researchers, focusing on various science-subjects in a university in the United Kingdom in 2009. The survey has been conducted in six separate research areas such as Physics, Astronomy, Geology, Biology, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.

Among the research subjects, Physics had more than 200 male researchers with a big gap compared to the number of female students, which was below 50. Biology and Medicine students had the most contribution among the other areas, in both cases the number of male students has been slightly higher than females.

Among these six research topics, only Veterinary Medicine had more female students with more than 100 researchers whereas this number was below 100 for males. Lastly, Astronomy and Geology students were exactly 150 for males, however the number of females were not equal in both cases and woman tend to focus slightly more in Geology which was around 75 compared to contribution of slightly higher than 50 in Astronomy.
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