The graph below shows the average class size in six countries

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1

The graph below shows the average class size in six countries and compares it with the world average class size in 2006.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main points and give comparisons where relevant.

Things you should know about Academic Writing Task 1:

  • You are asked to describe information presented in graph/ table/ chart/ diagram.
  • You have 20 minutes to finish the task and you have to write at least 150 words.
  • If you are asked to use the information presented in the graph you must be careful not to copy it.

In Academic Writing task 1, candidates are assessed on their ability to:

  • Organise, present and possibly compare data.
  • Describe the stages of a process or procedure.
  • Describe an object or event or sequence of events.
  • Explain how something works.

Model Answer :

The given column graph illustrates the average class size in primary school and lower secondary school in six nations in 2006 and compares it with the world average. On the whole, the class size of primary school in the UK and Denmark was larger than the class size of lower secondary school, whereas in the other given countries it was smaller.

It is clear that the UK and Denmark had a higher number of students in primary school (23 and 21 respectively) than those in secondary school (22 and 19 respectively). A similar trend was seen in the world average, with 26 and 24 students in primary and secondary classes, respectively. South Korea had the highest number of students in both primary and secondary classes (nearly 35 in each class). Japan had an average primary class of 26 students, whereas the second class size was slightly bigger with 31 average students. The biggest discrepancy in primary and secondary class size was seen in Mexico, where the primary class strength was only about 20 students, but the secondary class had a little over 30 students. Iceland had the smallest primary and secondary classroom size of 15 and 17 students on an average, respectively.

Overall, the teacher-taught ratio was the best in Iceland with the smallest classroom size.

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