Academic IELTS Writing task 1 Sample 3 - Leisure time enjoyed by men and women of different employment status

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

» You should write at least 150 words.
» You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The chart below shows the amount of leisure time enjoyed by men and women of different employment status.

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

     Leisure time in a typical week in hour- by sex and employment status, 1998-99.

Leisure time enjoyed by men & women of different employment status

Model Answer 1:
The provided chart shows the number of leisure hours enjoyed by men and women in a typical week in 1998-99, according to gender and employment status. As is observed from the graph, the unemployed and retired men and women had more leisure time than the other type of people.

Among the full-time employed people, men had about 45 hours of leisure time on an average per week compared to the 38 hours of leisure time for women. No data is given for the part-time employed men and women from this category enjoyed 40 hours of leisure time in a week. This figure is slightly more than the employed women perhaps because of their employment nature.

Unemployed and retired people had the longest period for leisure activity both for men and women and men had a bit more hours than the women. As expected the retired and unemployed people enjoyed about 78 to 82 hours per week which is longer than people from other employment statuses. Lastly, housewives enjoyed approximately 50 hours of leisure time which is more than the employed women but less than the unemployed and retired women. The graph reflects that men had more leisure time from all employment statuses than women which indicates that women spent more time working at home than their male counterparts.

The graph summarises that the male enjoyed more leisure time than women and employed people had less time for leisure activities than retired and unemployed people. 

(Approximately 244 words)

 

Sample Answer 2
The graph compares the amount of leisure time enjoyed by people of different employment levels in a typical week in the year 1998-1999.

In the given column graph, no data has been provided for the part-time employed and house-staying men. For rest of the cases, Men have more leisure time than women of the same category.  The highest amount of leisure hours is enjoyed by those, who are unemployed. Unemployed men had approximately 85 hours of spare time and women from the same category had about 83 hours. The retired people also enjoyed the same amount of leisure activities as did the unemployed men and women.  On the contrary, full-time employed men had a total of 40 hours leisure time compared to about 37 hours of women from the same status. Finally, women with part-time jobs had 40 hours to spend for their leisure activities and housewives had 50 hours leisure time per week.

In conclusion, unemployed and retired people, both men and women enjoyed more leisure time than employed people and men compared to women had more time for leisure activities. 

(Approximately 181 words)

Tips for writing the answer for this Academic Writing Task 1:

1. The given bar graph compares the data for the year 1998 and 1999. So your answer should be in past tense. For instance: Full time employed men enjoyed about 44 hours of leisure time while the female of this category had approximately 38 hours of leisure time. 

2. Notice that no data for the home staying husbands and part-time employed men are given in the graph. So mention that fact as well. Example: No data for the part-time employed men and house-staying men are given in the illustration....

3. Observe that men and women of retired and unemployed categories had more free times than the employed people. This is an important fact of the graph. So mention this fact in your writing.

4. Female had less leisure time than the men in the given categories. As this is an important factor of the graph, mention this and also give a hint that this might have happened because of the females’ engagement of household works, child rearing etc.

Summary of the graph:
Unemployed and retired people had more leisure time than the part-time and full-time employed men and women. Also, women enjoyed less leisure time than men as they have more involvement in household works. No data was given for the part-time job holding and house-staying male.

 

Graph Answer 3:
The given graph gives information on the number of leisure hours enjoyed by male and female with different employment status in an average week of the year 1998 and 1999. As is observed from the graph, the male had more free times than the female and employed people enjoyed less free hours than the unemployed or retired persons on an average.

The line graph compares the amount of leisure time enjoyed by people with different employment statuses and also compares the leisure hours between men and women. In a typical week of 1998 - 1999, full-time employed men had more than 40 hours of leisure time compared to the 38 hours leisure time of women. Females with part-time jobs had 40 hours of free time which is 2 hours more than the full time employed woman which is natural considering the job natures. No data for part-time employed and house staying men were given in the illustration. On the other hand, unemployed and retired males had more than 80 hours of leisure time in a week while females of these 2 categories had around 78 hours of free time in a week. The amount of leisure time enjoyed by housewives was 50 hours which is less than the unemployed and retired females but higher that employed females.

In summary, the graph depicts that the male had more leisure time to enjoy than the female possibly because of the females involvement in household works and people without jobs had almost double leisure times than the employed population.

(Approximately 257 words)
 

Sample Answer 4:
The bar chart compares the leisure hours enjoyed by male and female based on the employment status during the year 1998 to 1999.

 It is clearly evident from the graph that female in all respective of employment status enjoys time killing when compared to male. Men and women, who are unemployed and retired, spent more leisure hours when compared to employed people. Unemployed males (85 hours per week) and females (78 hours per week) only show a slight difference in hours spent for leisure time. Similarly, retired employees (male75 hours per week, female 82 hours per week) spent almost same leisure hour irrespective of gender.

In contrast, the number of leisure hour spent by employed males is 42 hour weekly and by female employees, this was around 40 hours per week. Housewives spent almost 10 hours more than employed females (50 hours per week).

Overall, the bar chart shows the number of leisure hours spent during retirement and unemployment is high when compared to employment period. In addition, males enjoy more leisure hours per week when compared to females.

(Approximately 174 words)

[written by - Rija Varghese ]

 

Model Answer 5:
The given bar graph depicts the hours of leisure time enjoyed by men and women in a typical week in different employment sectors in the year 1998-99. The first point to note is that, only mild variations between both sexes of free time enjoyment in the given year.

Interestingly, almost equal hours are spent for relaxation by both men and women in unemployed and retired sections. It occupied around 85 and 75 hours by men and women respectively. Whereas, only around half of this figure engaged with free time in employment section with 42 and 38 hours by men and women respectively. Part-time employed women and housewives are engaged 40 and 50 hours respectively in leisure time activities and the figure for these sectors for men is not mentioned in the graph.

To conclude, it is clear from the graph that, unemployed and retired people are spent more time for enjoyment and males are dominant than females irrespective of employment status.

(Approximately 162 words)

[written by - Jayesh Joseph ]

 

Model Answer 6:
The bar graph illustrates the amount of time that was spent for leisure activities per week by male and female from various employment statuses between 1998 to 1999 period. It is clear that that unemployed and retired man and women had the highest leisure time among the other groups.
 
Total time spent on leisure activities by the unemployed and retired male and female groups were the highest among the other groups. Times spent by the unemployed and retired men were approximately 85 and 84 hours per week, while the women's were the same at around 79 hours. As for the full time employed male and female, their weekly figures were accounted at an average of 45 and 38 hours respectively.  

It is noticed that in the part-time employed group, the amount of leisure time for the men was zero, while the women spent around 40 hours per week. And lastly, the number of leisure time that was spent by housewives on a weekly basis was accounted at approximately 50 hours.

(Approximately 169 words)

[written by - Darwin Lesmana ]

 

Model Answer 7:
The provided graph presents data on the amount of spare time both Males and Females from different employment status had enjoyed. The data available represents samples from the year 1998- 1999 and number of hours each gender spent on leisure.

Firstly, it is seen that both genders from ‘Unemployed’ and ‘Retired’ status enjoyed more leisure time (75-85 hours) than all other employment nature. This is perhaps due to the ample time they had to spend on leisure instead of work hours.

Secondly, it is observed that data for men employed part-time and men who stayed at home is not provided in the chart. Also, part-time employed females enjoyed fewer leisure hours (40 hours) than housewives (50hours) but slightly more than females with full-time jobs (35-39 hours).

In conclusion, unemployed and retired categories of both genders enjoyed more leisure hours. However, in all the categories, males enjoyed more free weekly hours than females. No data was given for leisure time enjoyed by men who stayed home and men who worked part-time.

(Approximately 170 words)

[Written by - Menu Anju ]

 

Model Answer 8:
The bar chart compares the duration of time that men and women with different occupation statuses dedicated to leisure activities in a usual week based on an average between 1998 and 1999. A glance at the graph reveals that unemployed and retired people had more spare time to enjoy than that of others.

The total time spent for leisure activities by jobless and retired men were very similar, 84 and 83 hours per week respectively, while women spent about 78 hours per week on both statuses. Full time employed men had about 44 hours free time weekly and women in this category had approximately 38 hours per week. Women who had a part-time job enjoyed 40 hours per week spending on pleasure pursuits. Housewives had  10 hours more, totalizing 50 hours a week for their recreational activities. No information is given about part-time employed men and those men who took care of home.

To sum up, it is clear that unemployed and retired people enjoyed far more time for their recreational activities than the other. In addition, an important fact to mention is that men had more available time to enjoy than women did.

[written by -  Bianca]

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0 # Dilraj Dhillon 2017-05-31 08:31
Please tell me about blunders in the flow chart.
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+1 # IELTS Mentor 2017-06-10 18:38
It's tough to answer. Giving tips on flow chart is much easier than answering this one. Some blunders include:
1. Not describing the flow of the process in the right order.
2. Writing less than 150 words.
3. Using the exact words and sentences hat have already ben used in the flow chart.
4. Misinterpretation of the flow chart.
5. Not writing what the flow chart is about. and so on.
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+1 # Daniel 2017-05-03 16:50
Please feel free to criticize my work and give your comment:

The bar chart shows the duration of leisure time enjoyed by men and women of different employment status between 1998 and 1999. As can be seen, unemployed men and women had more time for enjoyable activities and jobless women spent almost twice as much time as employed women did in a week.

Now getting back to details, there was a significant difference in the amount of leisure time spent by employed, unemployed and retired men in 1998 and 1999, according to the given statistics. Men, who worked full-time, spent over 40 hours of free time per week. On the contrary, unemployed men had almost 50% more leisure time per week for their activities which was marginally higher than 80 hours per week. Retired men, however, showed no significant difference than the jobless men with above 80 hours or free time in a week.

There was also a significant difference among the leisure time enjoyed by women (employed, unemployed, and housewives). Women with full-time or part-time jobs spent the least time for enjoyable activities with more than 30 hours and 40 hours, respectively. Women, who did not have any job, spent more time in leisure activities. Unemployed and retired women similarly enjoyed slightly below 80 hours of free time per week. Housewives, on the other hand, enjoyed 10 hours more than the employed females with 50 hours of leisure hours per week.

On the whole, even with the absence of data of men with part-time jobs, gender barely made a significant difference in the amount of leisure time enjoyed in a typical week. However, the employment status determined the duration of leisure hours for these people.
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0 # Joe 2017-08-19 13:48
In my opinion, I would like to remove the phrase "now getting back to details", - it seems odd to me in writing. And there are so many details. I think so, I'm just a student who is studying IELTS.
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+2 # Prasanth Aryabhat 2017-03-31 11:24
The given bar graph elucidates the duration of weekly free hours for both women and men accordingly to their employment status from 1998 to 1999. It is obvious from the illustration that unemployed and retired people had more weekly leisure hours to enjoy than that of employed persons.

Now turning back to the details, unemployed men, in general, had nearly 82 hours per week to spare, while jobless women had roughly 78 hours per week to enjoy their free time. Retired males and females in these two years had almost an equal number of hours per week for leisure activities as had the unemployed males and females. However, full-time employed women and men could manage only nearly the half of the free time per week as could the retired and jobless people. No data was given for the part-time employed and home staying males. Women, who were housewives, had exactly 50 hours leisure time in a week and it was ten hours less for the part-time employed females. In is noticeable that men, in general, had slightly more leisure hours than that of women.
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+1 # Habib 2017-03-24 02:27
Nice.
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+1 # Sukhdeep Kaur 2017-03-20 14:05
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+1 # Santosh Sai Sharan 2016-12-19 15:03
Someone please read my report and comment your suggestions in the comment box. Thank you.
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+3 # Santosh Sai Sharan 2016-12-19 15:01
The given bar graph depicts the leisure time enjoyed by both men and women of different employment status in a typical week in 1998 and 1999. From the given bar graph we can depict that the leisure time enjoyed by men was higher than that of women.

It is obvious that the maximum vacation time experienced in a typical week by men and women were either unemployed or retired. It seems from the graph that both the unemployed and retired male and female had a similar hour of free time per week- around 80 hours. Minimum leisure hours were available for men and women who fell under the full-time employed category - around 45 hours and 38 hours. On the other hand, it is clearly pictured that the part-time employed female had only 40 hours free time in a week while no data was given for men of this category. Housewives, however, had only 50 weekly hours to enjoy freely.

Therefore, the graph concludes that most of the unemployed and retired persons had a lot of leisure time for enjoyment. But the full-time employed men and women had less time to enjoy.
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+4 # Nadeem 2016-12-15 08:18
Thank you so much, IELTS Mentor. With the help of your site, I have got lots of good materials. Wish me luck. I have my exam on 12 January 2017.
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+6 # Maddie Creer 2016-12-02 04:17
I know I badly need corrections, so please help me.

The supplied bar graph demonstrates the weekly leisure time spent by male and female employees of various employment conditions based on a survey result in 1998-99. It is obvious that unemployed and retired people had more free time to enjoy than people of other employment states.

Full-time working male and female generally had the least amount of weekly recreation hours in 1998 and 1999. The male employees had more time to spare than that of the female. The full-time employed male had approximately 45 hours of leisure hours while females in this category had 37.5 hours to spare weekly. For the part-time employed male, no data was given and female of this category enjoyed exactly 40 leisure hours in a week. Besides, housewives enjoyed 50 hours in a week for their recreation activities.

Unemployed men had the highest free hours in a week which was about 85 hours in a week while this leisure hour for unemployed women was about 78. The retired people enjoyed the second highest weekly leisure time with men having almost 83 hours to spare and women, on the other hand, had approximately 77 hours.
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+2 # Mariyana 2016-11-28 18:15
My question is actually a procedural one: Are the people taking IELTS allowed to use additional sheets for writing drafts or they are supposed to write directly on the Answer sheets?
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+1 # Velat Yildirim 2016-09-09 04:52
Please feel free to correct my mistakes:

The provided bar chart shows the result of a research about the spare time enjoyed by male and female per week based on their employment status is 1998 to 1999. As we can see from the graph, all given comparisons indicate that males had more free time to spend than that of females.

First of all, the given chart illustrates that while the full-time employed males had more than 40 hours of free time in a week, the females who had the same status could spend lesser than 40 hours per week. When it comes to unemployed males, they also had about the same amount of time to spend but that was not true for the females. Moreover, the retired males also had more time to enjoy than the retired females. Despite unemployed females and retired females had the same time to spare, retired males had more to get relaxed.

The given data do not indicate anything about the part-time employed males and home staying males. We can evaluate that, the housewives had about 10 hours per week to spend freely than the part-time employed females. It is noticeable that, unemployed and retied male and female had more weekly free time than others.
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0 # Mohammad 2016-08-21 20:44
The bar graph consisted of information related to available weekly free time for men and women of different employment status; blue colour indicates the leisure time for men while green is for women. The row refers to the employment status and leisure time in a typical week presented in hours while the column refers to the proportional average and hours of leisure time used by people of various employment status.

Interestingly, men had more free time per week to enjoy than that of female, regardless of their job types. The highest proportion of leisure times were enjoyed by unemployed and retired people, around 80 hours per week while employed people had half of that leisure time weekly. No data was given or home staying and part-time employed males while women of these two categories had 50 and 40 weekly free times respectively.
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+1 # Muhammad Adil 2016-08-07 17:49
Indeed a great work has been done by the administrator... Very helpful for IELTS preparation (Y)
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+1 # Tahera 2016-05-16 02:43
I have a question regarding IELTS writing task 1 and 2. Is it okay to use points or bullets? But we can make 3 paragraphs like an introduction than a description and finally the conclusion. So are 3 paragraphs allowed?
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+3 # Amna Niazi 2016-05-16 04:38
It is perfectly okay to use 2-4 paragraphs in academic writing task 1 while 4-6 paragraphs are quite common in IELTS Essay writing. However, bullet points and numbering should be avoided in such academic writing.
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+1 # Albert 2016-05-15 14:40
The chart compares weekly free times for men and women with different employment status in 1998 and 1999. Overall, it is evident that men enjoyed more leisure hours than women on an average and unemployed people had more free time to enjoy than employed individuals.

Unemployed and retired male and female had more leisure time than the others, while full-time employed males and females spent far less spare time per week. Interestingly, no data for men who were doing part-time jobs or staying at home during the period. The amount of time enjoyed by men and women who were either unemployed or retired was at quite the similar level, with the figure for male (approximately 85 hours per week) being slightly higher than that of females (just under 70 hours). On the other hand, people who worked full-time enjoyed the least leisure hours, around 45 hours (men) and 38 hours (women), while the figures for the female who were working part-time or housewives were higher. As many as 50 hours were enjoyed by housewives in comparison to only 40 hours for part-time employed women.
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+6 # Bett 2016-05-08 20:25
Please comment on my reply. I would be happy to get your comments on my writing:

The bar graph illustrates the ratio of leisure hours enjoyed by men and women of different employment statutes between 1998 and 1999. Several key trends are revealed by the graph showing that the male enjoyed more free times weekly compared to their female counterparts.

Full-time employment men had weekly around 45 hours to spare while women had lesser time for recreation - 38 hours in a week. As for the part-time employed women and house wives, it shows that women had more leisure time in an average week than employed females, whereas no data was given for part-time employed males and house husbands. Most noticeably, it can be seen that the unemployed and retired people had the longest leisure time to enjoy. The results for the unemployed and retired sectors, however, revealed a markedly different trend compared to the other sectors of employments where it recorded the highest leisure time than the employed men and women. The most important thing is men enjoyed more leisure time in a typical week compared to that of women. A similar trend could be observed among the unemployed and retired men and women who had more leisure time.
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+2 # Mit Patel 2016-07-09 23:22
Very good writing sample but word count is 218, which is far more than enough, I guess.
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+6 # Laleh 2016-05-06 09:59
Please feel free to comment on my work.

Task 1- Leisure time in a typical week in hours by sex and employment status, 1998-99.

Answer: The bar chart represents the leisure time spent by men and women of different employment status between 1998 and 1999. The employment status is divided into 5 categories and the leisure time is measured weekly.

As could be seen, the unemployed and retired groups, spent the highest leisure time, which was about 80 hours, and this figure is a bit less for females of the same category. This is almost twice the amount of leisure time enjoyed by all the other groups, even housewives, which only spent a little more time on having fun than the employed groups, 50 hours per week.

Employed groups, both men and women, spent the less free time, as rational as it sounds, and that was around 40 hours per week. Surprisingly, this was not different for full-time and part-time employees, although 40 hours of weekly free time had been represented in the bar, only for part-time employed women. Women in general, absorbed less leisure time in all groups comparing to men. It can also be anticipated that being a housewife did not let a female have much free time as an unemployed or retired woman had.
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+3 # IELTS Mentor 2016-05-08 12:24
Hi Laleh,
You should have used past tense as the data were given for the years 1998-99. This was a big mistake you have made. However, before publishing your answer as a comment, we have corrected it.
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-2 # Roube 2016-06-11 10:22
Hey, can I send you some essays on email to correct me and give me a score? Thank you.
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+3 # Sami Satti 2016-04-27 03:30
The vertical slabs of the given bar graph illustrate the time spent by both genders with different employment status in a typical week during 1998 to 1999. In general, men had more leisure hours compared to women of the same job status. No data is given for part- time employed and for home-staying males.

Leisure hours spent by full-time employed men (about 44 hours /week) was slightly higher than that of full-time employed female (38 hours/week). Unemployed and retired people of both genders enjoyed the longest hours of free time which was around 80 hours each week. Their free time was approximately twice than that of employed people. Part-time employed females had 40 hours of free time weekly when it was 50 hours for housewives.

In summary, unemployed and retired people had more leisure time to enjoy than that of employed people. Men had comparatively more free times than females regardless of their employment status.
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+1 # Treasa 2016-04-20 00:23
Very specific answer and description. A useful website for those who would do IELTS. Great work guys.
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+1 # Sajawal Khan 2016-03-30 04:05
Will it not affect our essay if we use the word 'leisure' over and over again?
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+2 # Priyanka 2016-04-17 07:29
I was wondering the same thing.
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+1 # Jenny 2016-03-17 02:23
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+1 # Lester 2016-03-01 12:17
The bar graph compares the duration of weekly free time enjoyed by men and women from 1998 to 1999 based on their employment status. Time is measured in hours and classified by employment status for both genders.

The most significant fact emerged from the figure is that males had more leisure time than females and unemployed men enjoyed more leisures in contrast to those with jobs.

Males without jobs had more free times which was around 85 hours per week. People who were retired had around 83 hours to spare in a week whereas women with these two job nature only had roughly 78 hours vacation hours. Full-time working men had extensive breaks than females with 44 hours and 38 hours respectively per week. Furthermore, housewives enjoyed 50 hours of free activities in comparison to that in the working class (part time) with only 40 hours free time in a week. No data was provided for house staying and part-time employed men.
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+1 # Jimmy Sellasi 2016-03-01 05:38
Thank you for the great work you are doing. I wish to mention that in my other readings, there is a strong advice against stating ones' opinions, speculations, conjecturing and or drawing of inferences in writing the task 1 questions.
You have made some personal inferences in your sample answers. I will wish you reconcile and advice me on that. Here you have the particular inference I am referring to: "This figure is slightly more than the employed woman perhaps because of their employment nature".
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+2 # Sohan Lal 2015-12-01 11:20
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+3 # Vidhi 2015-09-23 16:41
What can be some more attractive words used instead of leisure?
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+1 # Catherine 2016-05-08 12:18
You can use - spare time, time off, free time for enjoyment, recreational time, leisure pursuits, spare moment, idle hours, time to spare, spare hours, time on one's hands instead of using 'Leisure time' while describing data for this graph.
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+1 # Zithendra 2015-09-23 08:58
The bar graph shows the ratio of leisure time enjoyed by both men and women divided into different employment groups such as full-time employed, part-time employed, unemployed, retired and housewives, as indicated on the x-axis. The y-axis indicates the weekly leisure hours enjoyed by both men and women, who had different employment status.

Employed men and women had less free time which was roughly around 42 and 38 hours respectively and these were almost half the amount of free time enjoyed by the unemployed group. On the other hand, housewives enjoyed around 50 weekly hours as free time whereas the part-time employed women had less time to spare, approximately 40 hours in a week. However, the retired male and female enjoyed more free times when compared to all other employment groups except unemployed people and they had 80 weekly hours to enjoy as free time. It is clearly evident that from the bar graph, the unemployed group and retired group enjoyed more leisure hours when compared to other groups. Interestingly, housewives enjoyed more leisure hours than the employed group.
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0 # IELTS Mentor 2015-07-21 04:45
Dear Angeline, It is, in fact, a good idea to denote what the X and Y axis of the graph are representing. You can also use horizontal and vertical axis as well.
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+3 # Angeline 2015-07-20 19:31
Should we describe the graph? For instance, the X-axis represents the categories of employment and the Y-axis represents the number of leisure hours.
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0 # Sangita 2015-07-11 05:02
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+3 # Nima 2015-07-04 04:15
The given bar chart shows the amount of leisure time enjoyed by men and women of different employment position including employed full and part time, unemployed, retired and housewives from 1998 until 1999. As is presented in this chart, male spare time in all kinds of work statuses were more than that of women and these amount in unemployed and retired statuses were more than other section.

For example in employed (full time) 45 percent of time male had spare time whereas this percentage for women was below of 40. Interestingly we do not have any data from employed (part time) and house-staying husbands sections for males. Other remarkable information in this chart, the leisure time for part-time employed women was almost equal with women that had full-time job.

In contrast, unemployed and retired had most of the leisure time between other and obviously women had less time in all part compared with men due to house duties and responsibilities.
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+5 # Sakura Chan 2015-06-30 20:05
Given are a bar chart illustrating the amount of recreational time spent in a typical week in terms of gender and employment status during the period from 1989 to 1999. Overall, male spent more leisure time than female did and unemployed people have more recreational time compared to other groups.

As can be seen seemingly, recreational time spent by males are more than around 10 hours by females in the full-time employee, unemployed people and the retired group. It is apparent from the information supplied that unemployed people spent by far the most time for recreation, at approximately 85 hours in male and nearly 80 hours in females. The second group spent leisure time was retiree group, at just over 80 hours for males and under 80 for females in a week. Interestingly, other groups, including full-time employees, part-time employees and housewives, spent just about half as much recreational time as the two groups above did, at around 40 hours in both genders, 40 hours and 50 hours respectively.
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+8 # Motaz 2015-06-03 01:17
To the IELTS mentor, why did you reveal your opinion in the sample task - in ( perhaps because of their employment nature.) You mentioned that we must not include our opinion in the writing task 1. What should we do?
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+10 # Ana Petriashvili 2015-04-04 13:51
The given chart represents information on the duration men and women with different employment status spent on leisure activities during a week. As can be seen from the chart, unemployed citizens have more time for entertainment. In detail, men spent nearly 85 hours for past time activities. Likewise, women spent approximately 78 hours in a week for the task they feel interested.

A closer look at the 1998's and 1999's data reveals that both genders who have full-time occupations have less time to spare than those who are unemployed. We can see that, there was a slight difference between full-time and part-time employees in term of their free time. It is clear from the chart that female full-time workers spent less than 38 hours weekly while their female counterparts who are busy with part-time jobs found exactly 40 hours in a week for different leisure activities.

Retired citizens' figure exhibits almost the same result as unemployed dwellers, making up nearly 76 hours free time for males. It is obvious that both unemployed and retired females have more than 78 free hours in a week.

The last but not least is that housewive's leisure time was about 50 hours in 7 days. By contrast, unemployed women had one-third more time to enjoy than that of housewives.
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-2 # Bhargavi Rana 2015-03-13 09:04
What is the word limit for academic writing tasks 1 & 2? What will affect the score if words are more? Also if we write less than 250 words??
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+1 # IELTS Mentor 2015-03-13 09:30
Hello, Rana, you need to write at least 150 words for task 1 and 250 words for task 2. Writing less than that would hurt your score. On the contrary, if you write more, no penalty would be imposed. But writing a lot more is not a good idea as it would take more time and would increase the possibility of more mistakes.
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+14 # Rama Krishna 2015-02-01 05:22
The given bar graph illustrates leisure time activities in a typical week in hours by sex and number of children from 1998 to 1999. The X-axis reveals the different categories, namely- full-time employed, part-time employed, unemployed, retired and housewives. The Y-axis, which represents the number of people, quantifies from 00 to 100.

In full-time employed category, males had more than 40 hours free-time, and female had less than 40 hours for their leisure activities. In the part-time employed category, only female members had leisure time and counted exactly 40 hours. In the unemployed category, male leisure hours rose up to more than 80, and at the same time, female's time for entertainment also rose to more than 70. This category (unemployed) trend was almost equal to the next trend namely: retired category, yet male's leisure hours declined. However, the female's leisure hours were almost the same in this category. The last category was housewives and their time for different personal activities reached to exactly 40.

Finally, unemployed and retired members had far more free time to spend than the people in any other category.
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+2 # Kamal Panthi 2017-04-06 04:49
IELTS writing task 1 essay is not represented using y-axis or x-axis.
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