IELTS Writing Tip
Write a brief introduction in your own words using information from the question and the headings or text. For example, include an overview statement about what the data shows. After that, you should focus on key trends, main features and details. Every main feature should be supported by figures from the data. The report should finish with a short summary.
Do not speculate or offer an opinion that is outside the given data. Also, you do not need to describe every single change shown in the data, but describe the overall trends. General observations must be supported with specific examples from the data.
Use a variety of language to describe trends – for example, verbs with adverbs and nouns with adjectives. The examiner will want to see whether you can deal with the task with flexibility and precision. Showing your ability to use a wide range of vocabulary accurately and appropriately will help you get a higher score for your writing.
Do not copy the wording in the exam question. If you do, these words will be deducted from the total number of words and will not be assessed.
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
The pie charts below show the most common advantages and disadvantages of Bowen Island, according to a survey of visitors.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
Write at least 150 words.
The two pie charts show the aspects of Bowen Island that tourists enjoy the most and the least.
Bowen Island has many features that attract tourists but the most popular of these are the scenery and the people, with more than two thirds of the visitors to the island listing these as the greatest advantages. The standard of accommodation on the island appears to be more than adequate, with 11% of respondents listing this as an advantage. 12% of visitors cite the culture of the island as a major attraction.
However, the island seems far from being a perfect tourist destination. When it comes to the negative aspects of the island, the high cost of living, poor weather and the quality or lack of entertainment are seen as the worst of these. Together, these three categories make up 90% of the total disadvantages. In spite of the high costs on the island, 10% of the visitors complain of poor food quality.
Overall, it seems that most people like Bowen Island because of the scenery and people. However, it is possible that the unspoilt nature of the island means there is little in the way of entertainment and this, combined with the high cost of living, makes it unlikely to appeal to everyone.