Academic IELTS Writing task 1 Sample 19 - Amount spent on six consumer goods in four European countries

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

» You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The chart below shows the amount spent on six consumer goods in four European countries.

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

» You should write at least 150 words.

Spending in Thousand Pound Sterling

Amount spent on six consumer goods in four European countries

Sample Answer 1:
The bar chart compares the expenditure on different consumer goods by the people of four European countries; namely Britain, France, Italy and Germany. At the first glance, British spent more money on consumer goods while Germans spent the least.

It is worth noticing that, British spent more than 170 thousand pound sterling for photographic films which is the highest amount spent on any consumer goods. British also spent more than 160 thousand for purchasing Toys and CDs, which is higher than that of by any other nation. For perfumes, tennis racquets and personal stereos, they spent more than other nations as well. On the other hand, French people spent around 165 thousand for purchasing photographic films, which makes it the highest amount they spent on consumer goods.    

French citizens spent about 158 thousand on toys which is a tie with Italians. For photographic films, toys and CDs, their spending totalled second highest among the given four nations. Finally, they spent less than 150 thousand on remaining consumer goods.

Italian citizens spent around 150 thousand on personal stereos, tennis racquets and CDs while they spent about 5 thousand more on photographic films and toys. Finally, Germans spent the fewer amount in all consumer items than any other nation and their average spending was 145 thousand.

( 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.)

Model Answer 2:
The chart gives information regarding the money spent on consumer goods namely photographic film, toys, CDs, perfumes, tennis racquets and personal stereos by 4 countries in Europe (Britain, France, Italy and Germany). The units are in Pound Sterling.

Overall, British, among the four countries, spent most of their money in all the 6 consumer goods in contrast with Germany spending the least amount for those products. British also spent the highest amount to purchase photographic films while France spent the least amount on tennis racquets. In terms of photographic film, Britain spent well above 170 thousand pounds. This is the highest money spent on any consumer goods. France came in the second position in terms of their spending which was more or less 165 thousand. Italians and Germans compared to the two latter countries, spent around 150,000 and 145,000 respectively. Toys and CDs are the second and third most purchased by the 4 countries.

Furthermore, Britain and France purchased tennis racquets the least with only around 155000 and 145000 respectively. Italy spent the least of their money in buying personal stereos with exactly 150000 same as well in Germany spending around 3000 pounds fewer than that of Italy.

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Sample Answer 3:
The bar graph compares the spending on six consumer products by citizens in four European countries. Overall, British spent more on these products than the citizens in other three countries did and their highest amount went on purchasing photographic films, toys and CDs.

As is observed, English spent 155 thousand pound sterling for purchasing personal stereos and the same amount for tennis racquets. French and German paid around 147 thousand for stereos and Italians a few thousand more. Italians spent the same amount as English did for tennis bats, which was more than the amount spent by Germans and French.

British disbursed the highest amount for obtaining photographic films and toys and these amounts stood at 170 and 167 thousand pounds. French people spent 5-6 thousand less on these two items but their spending was higher than the amount paid by Italians and Germans for these two items.

Spending on CDs by English was slightly lower than that of toys, 165 thousand and Germans spent the least amount on this product. Finally, British people spent 160 thousand for buying perfumes and it was 155, 150 and around 146 thousand by Italian, German and French respectively.

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0 # Kani 2018-07-26 20:55
Hi! Thank You for the samples, I am learning a lot from them. Although, in such scenarios, is it safe to assume that the amount spent will be in thousand pounds and not in something else maybe Euros or any other trade unit? I did not see it was mentioned anywhere in the question.
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0 # Sanat Singha 2018-05-03 13:55
Should I mention the names of all products and countries?
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0 # Gurjeet Singh 2018-03-14 13:13
The horizontal bar chart outlines how much money citizens in four countries spent on six consumer goods. Overall, it can be seen Brits spent more on these goods compared to their counterparts.

According to the graph, it is obvious that photographic film was accounted for 170 thousand pound investment which was higher than each of the remaining nations. This was the biggest spending on any consumer goods by a nation as well. French citizens spent 5 thousand less and Italians purchased 155 thousand pounds of this item.

Concerning over toys, the spending of Germans could be seen at 145 thousand pounds, the lowest, which was around 22 thousand less than the spending of British on this item. In addition to this, for Cds, Germans spent the same amount as they did for toys. Brits, as usual, spent the highest, about 167 thousand to but toys.

Moving further, on perfumes and tennis racquets purchase amount in these European countries except Britain remained between 145 and 155 thousand pounds. Proceeding further, personal stereos was reported for 147 thousand in France and Germany.
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+1 # Sayda 2017-02-26 04:43
Hi, why is it written in the past tense?
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0 # Cheer 2017-05-05 08:28
Infographic always represents things that already happened.
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+3 # Nahid 2017-01-05 03:13
Dear Mentor, if I write the same as you did, can I get band 9 in writing task?
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0 # Nazanin Al 2016-11-13 10:28
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+2 # Sachin 2016-08-17 16:41
Dear IELTS mentor,
Kindly correct the France spelling in the given chart which is in the coloured form.
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+2 # IELTS Mentor 2016-11-24 07:27
Dear Sachin,

Thanks a lot for pointing it out. We have corrected the spelling.
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+6 # Dorji 2016-08-08 17:40
This chart shows how much money (in pound sterling) was spent on six consumer products in four European countries. It is very clear that Britain is the leading nation amongst other five European countries that spent the highest amount of money in these six consumer products, followed by France, Italy and Germany.

Interestingly, from these six countries, Germany is the only nation that spent nearly equal amount of money on these products, ranging from 145,000 to 150,000 sterling pounds. Regarding photographic film and CDs, Britain spent the highest amount of money followed by France, Italy and Germany in descending order. As for toys, France and Italy both spent 189,000 pounds. Regarding the money spent on photographic films, there has been a huge variation amongst these four countries; Britain spent 171,000 pounds, France 168,000 pounds, Italy 156,000 pounds and Germany 145,000 pounds. But there could be seen a slight variation in expenditure on stereo production by these countries.

Overall, according to this data source, British lavished in these products, while German were a bit more moderate consumers of these products.
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+4 # Marinda 2016-03-26 11:46
Dear mentor, thanks for your great effort, but excuse me, both answers are not accurate because Germany is not the least country in spending money. Germany is the least on only 3 categories photographic films, toys and CDs. On the other hand, France is the least country in spending in perfumes and tennis rackets. While in terms of personal stereo Germany and France are equal. Best regards.
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+3 # Houda 2015-10-16 10:41
Thanks for this website. I learnt a lot from it. My question is why are you using the past tense while the date is not mentioned?
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+8 # IELTS Mentor 2015-10-17 12:05
Dear Houda, if you look at the question you will notice that it says 'the amount spent on six consumer goods'. The word 'Spent' indicates that the expenses listed here are from the past and that's why we used past tense. Hope that clarifies your doubt.
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-1 # Jörn Matzen 2017-08-14 21:18
In my opinion, the expression "money spent on consumer goods" is the passive form of 'to be spent' and necessarily does not indicate the past tense. For instance, the book given to me lies on the table.
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+3 # Talvinder 2015-01-12 10:58
You add British end of one para but it is Britain.
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+3 # Javad 2015-04-19 14:02
Actually, it is a good Idea for paraphrasing.
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