IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 with model answer

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The three pie charts below show the changes in annual spending by a particular UK school in 1981, 1991 and 2001.

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


Write at least 150 Words.

Model Answer:

The given pie charts compare the annual expenditures of a school in UK for the years 1981, 1991, and 2001.



Teachers’ salaries remained the largest expense item during the years at 40% to 50% of total spend while insurance expenses was the smallest, accounting for less than 10% consistently. However, insurance expenses showed a sign of steady increase from the low of 2% in 1981 to the high of 8% in 2001. On the other hand, teachers’ salaries did not show a persistent uptrend; its 10% increase from 1981 to 1991 was followed by a 5% decrease in 2001.

Other workers’ salaries was the only item that demonstrated a steady declined over these years; hit its highest record of 28% in 1981, reduced to 22% in 1991 and reached its low of 15% in 2001. However, spending for resources, furniture and equipment were more volatile and unpredictable during the period studied.

Overall, the pie charts provided some useful information regarding the breakdown of annual expenditures of a school in UK.

Total Words: 175

Task Achievement: 8

Coherence & Cohesion: 8

Lexical resources: 8

Grammar: 8

Overall Score: Band 8

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