Writing Task: Telephone calls in the United Kingdom

Okay. Here’s another actual IELTS academic question from Cambridge.

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Without looking at the actual bar chart, note down the FACTS. Years (1995-2002), minutes (billion), 3 types of calls, United Kingdom. Now, use your English language skills to weave this information into a beautiful introduction.

“The given vertical bar chart presents information on Britain’s number of billion minutes of calls made on three different communication mediums – local fixed line, national and international fixed line, and mobile – from 1995 to 2002.” Just one sentence.

Mistakes students often make: minutes (billion), quantity of calls (Calls can’t be expressed in quantity, but only as numbers). These are WRONG and must be avoided.

Remember, in correct grammar usage, the object of TIME (from 1995 to 2002) comes at the end of the sentence. First we write direct object (number of calls) followed by indirect object (made on three different communication mediums) and finally object of time.

Let us discuss body paragraphs:

Since there are only 3 categories of calls, I suggest students to write ONE PARAGRAPH on each category.

Body Para 1: Local fixed line. Clearly the trend is that it increases gradually from 1995 to 1999 and decreases there after.

Body Para 2: National and International fixed line. These type of calls gradually increase from 1995 to 2002.

Body Para 3: Mobile calls. Gradual increase from 1995 to 2002 followed by a rapid (exponential) increase.

Plain and simple. Right? Get on with the job and feel free to share it with me. And do not forget to sprinkle some numbers like icing on the cake.

Good Luck!

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