Graph Writing # 16 - Estimated world illiteracy rates by region and by gender

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

»You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

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.

Estimated World illiteracy rates, by region and gender, 2000.

Estimated world illiteracy rates by region and by gender - 2000


Model Answer 1:
The bar chart compares the ratio of uneducated population, divided by sex, in six regions of the world in 2000. Overall, illiteracy rates were the highest in Sub-Saharan Africa, Arab countries and South Asia and close to zero in developed nations. However, there were more illiterate women than men in all regions.

Men and women, unable to read or write, made up only 1% and 2% in developed countries. In comparison, the proportions of illiterate citizens in Latin America and the Caribbean were higher, 10% and 11%. In East Asia and Oceania, however, the gap was enormous; there were 20% illiterate females compared to 8% males.

As regards the other regions, Sub-Saharan Africa had much greater proportions of the unschooled population, 48% women and 30% men. A similar proportion was seen in Arab states, where illiteracy rates were 53% and 28% respectively for females and males. It is noticeable that more than half of their females and one-quarter males never received any formal education. However, South Asia stood out as having the worst illiteracy figures for both sexes; 55% females versus 34% males.

[Writtne by - Eynar Hajizadeh]


Sample Answer 2:
The column graph compares the illiteracy rates between both sexes in six regions of the world in 2000. A quick glance at the diagram reveals that more women were unlettered globally than that of men and the percentages of uneducated people in South Asia, Arab states and Sub-Saharan Africa parts were considerably higher than other parts of the world.

As is observed from the illustration, more percentages of women in different regions in the world were illiterate than that of men. Almost all of the citizens in the developed countries were literate in 2000 as the illiteracy rate in these countries was almost nill, 1-2 % to be more precise. The highest rate of illiteracy could be found in South Asia where more than half of women were not educated at all while more than one in every three males was also unschooled. Similar percentages of uneducated males and females could be found in the Arab and Sub-Saharan African regions and in all these regions the percentages of illiterate females were significantly higher than the uneducated males. On the contrary, the percentage of East Asian population who were literate was far higher than that of the South Asian population and yet the percentage of female illiteracy was more than double than that of males. Finally, the Latin America had around 10% unenlightened males and females and the gap between the unlettered males and females in this region was remarkably lower, similar to the developed countries.

[Written by Scott]


Sample Answer 3:
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 cases, 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, the South Asian population were far more illiterate than any other country.    

(Approximately 163 words) 


Sample Answer 4:
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% males 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) 

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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.The bar graph delineates the proportion of uneducated males and females across a range of continents around the world in 2000.Overall, significant differences in gender gap, in which female individuals predominate men in terms of illiteracy were apparent in 2000.Specifically, the developed countries, the illiteracy rate was considerably low (about 1-2 per cent in both gender) whereas Latin America/Caribbean and East Asia/Oceania were closely equal that fell to 9 per cent to 20 per cent respectively among both sexes.On the other hand, the last three remaining regions (Sub-Saharan/Africa, Arab and South Asia) had the highest share of illiterate women; roughly 48 per cent, 52 per cent and 55 per cent respectively.The ratio of uneducated men were closely the same in the last three regions (Sub-Saharan/Africa, Arab and South Asia) that went to close and over 30 per cent which was approximately two-third of the rate of female illiterates in South Asia.
Efaz Mahmud Azhar
The bar chart compares male and female illiteracy rates in different regions of the world in the year 2000. Overall, the percentages of educated people in developed, American and Oceanian countries were significantly higher than that of Africa, Arab and South Asian countries.According to the graph, developed countries had an ignorable percentage of uneducated people which was less than 1 percentage in 2000. This rate was slightly higher in Latin American and Caribbean countries where one out of ten people was not educated. Illiteracy ratio in South Asia, Africa and Arab states were remarkably higher than that of developed, Latin American and East Asian countries. More than half of the Arab and South Asian women was unschooled while almost one out of three men in these two areas did not get school education as well. The highest illiteracy rates could be observed in South Asia which showed a very contrasting scenario than that of developed countries.
The column chart compares the estimated uneducated males and females rates in six regions in the year of 2000. Overall, what stands out from the diagram is that the illiterate females’ numbers in all regions were higher than their male counterparts. Additionally, South Asia appeared to be the most backward area in terms of education and literacy rates.In 2000, approximately 10% of Latin America and Caribbean populations were unable to either read or write. In East Asian and Oceanian illiteracy rate among men was just below 10% and that was almost half of the illiteracy rates of women in this region. In Sub-Saharan Africa 3 men out of 10 and roughly half of the total females were illiterates. Illiteracy rates in Arab countries were almost the same. Furthermore, a massive proportion of 55% South Asian females could not read or write (highest out of six regions), whereas approximately one-third male population were also illiterate in South Asia. Developed nations, on the other hand, had ignorable illiteracy rates in this year.
I think there should be ignorable literacy rate, not illiteracy.
This website is very helpful for IELTS preparation.
The given chart presents the illiteracy rates of different areas, both for man and women, around the world for the year 2000. As could be clearly seen from the chart that the illiteracy rate among women was higher than that of men in the given regions and more people in the Arabian, South Asian and African regions were illiterate. According to the given illustration, South Asian region had the highest illiteracy rate (more than 40%). On the contrary, the illiteracy rate in developed countries was the lowest (only 2%). The illiteracy rate in developed countries among men was only 2% and among women, it was 3-4%. This rate in the Latin American and Caribbean was 10% for men and 12% for women. On the other hand, the illiteracy rate among men and women in East Asia and Oceania was 8% and 20%. The higher illiteracy rate could be observed in Sub-Saharan Africa, Arab States and South Asia where more 48-55% women were illiterate and around 30% men were illiterate.
I.H. Robi
I am from South Asia and I am proud of my sub-continent.
Shahadat Hossain
This is a very good website for all IELTS students in the world.
Did a girl or a boy make this bar graph?