Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Today you’ll learn how to describe a Task 1 bar chart that has two different years.

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Now, there are two types of information presented in graph form in Academic Writing Task 1Change Over Time, and Static.

So, where does a question with just two years fit in? Is it COT or Static?

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It is Static, because there is not enough actually changing to approach it like a COT essay.

In the 3 Keys IELTS course, you get specific sentence structures and vocabulary for both types of Task 1, and they are very different!

3 Tips for Bar Charts with 2 Years

  • Of course, use the correct vocabulary for Static graphs, about comparisons, and not increase/decrease vocabulary.
  • Split the two years into separate paragraphs. For example, if the graph is showing numbers for 1990 and 2000, put the most important numbers for 1990 in paragraph 2, and those for 2000 in paragraph 3.
  • Your overall trend for Static graphs should tell the examiner overall what is the highest, but also, here, say overall if numbers increased and decreased.

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