IELTS Academic Task 1: Fish Imported To The United States.

The pie charts and table give information about the total value and source of fish imported to the United States between 1988 and 2000.

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


20 minutes, 150 words at least.


Before attempting a task 1 response a student should identify the main features and comparisons. Instead of merely repeating numbers, the student must mention the trends. In the above charts, you will notice that:

  1. The imports have increased by 4 billion dollars. We cannot comment on the nature of increase since no comparisons are available.
  2. Canada: Dramatic decrease followed by a marginal fall.
  3. China: Consistent increase.
  4. Others: Tremendous increase followed by a slight decrease.

That’s it. The job is done. Now, just put these trends in proper, formal English and sprinkle a few numbers like icing on the cake. Let me show you.

The given table furnishes information on the dollar value of fish imports in the United States during three years and the pie-charts reveal the percentage share of exporting countries during these years.

The monetary value of fish imports swelled by two billion dollars from 1988 to 1992 and then increased relatively slowly during the next eight years.

The Canadian fish exports contributed the highest to the U.S imports in 1988. However, this number dropped drastically in the next four years to 34 percent and then marginally fell by another 6 percent by 2000.

The Chinese fish exports, which were the least in 1988, gained share consistently during the period from 13 percent in 1988 to 30 percent in 2000. The American imports from all other countries were just 27 percent in 1988 and they increased tremendously by 19 percent in just four years. These, however, then decreased marginally from 1992 to 2000.

Total Words = 153.

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