IELTS Report, topic: Double bar graph describing investment in stocks and bonds (from Target Band 7 book)

This report was written on a topic from “Target Band 7” book (page 42, reprinted with permission).

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task

The graph below shows the way people of Somecountry invested their money during the years 2001 – 2006.

Write a report for a university tutor describing the information shown.

Write at least 150 words

Double bar graph describing investment in stocks and bonds from Target Band 7 book

The bar graph illustrates the amounts of investment in bonds and stocks in Somecountry from 2001 to 2006. It is noticeable that the money used to buy bonds and stocks showed an upward trend throughout the entire period.

In 2001, stock investments started at 210 billion, which was almost double the amount of bonds, at 100 billion. The stock figures slightly rose by 6 billion in 2002, and in the following year continued to increase to 227 billion. Similarly, the amounts of money that were invested in bonds went up gradually in the two following years to 123 and 157 billion respectively.

There was a surge of investment stocks in 2004 (289 billion) before it continued to climb further and peaked at 311 billion in 2006. In contrast, only a small increase in money used to buy bonds was seen in 2004 (162 billion). The flow of funds to bonds then grew to 179 billion in 2005 before peaking at 188 billion in the last year of the period.

To sum up, stocks have been the most popular investment from 2001 to 2006.

This response includes a complete description of the amounts invested in stocks and bonds, as well as the comparison of their trends. The report is easy to follow and cohesion is well-maintained. The writer uses complex sentence structures and good range of vocabulary. The occasional errors in word choice don’t affect communication. Overall, this report seems worthy of Band 8.

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‘they’ is the right word to use here
‘in’ is the right preposition to use here
‘steadily’ is the right adverb to use here

IELTS Report, topic: Double line graph showing average house prices (from Target Band 7 book)

This report was written on a topic from “Target Band 7” book (page 41, reprinted with permission).

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task

The graph describes average house prices in Sometown in 2005.

Write a report for a university tutor describing the information shown.

Write at least 150 words

Double Line Graph Average House Prices from Target Band 7 book

The line graph shows the average cost of housing in Sometown in the second half of the year 2005. It is clear that the prices of both sold and unsold houses had fluctuated over the period.

According to the graph, the asking price of unsold properties peaked in July at around $335,000 dollars and then the figure decreased to its lowest level of nearly $319,000, which was reached in September. A slight fluctuation occurred in the following months the average prices of homes for sale increased by 10 thousand dollars in October and declined to just above 320,000 dollars in December.

Similarly, the average price of sold properties had varied widely over the period, except the values were lower. The months of July and August recorded average prices of around $300,000 and $303,000 dollars respectively. Then, prices reached the bottom at 290,000 in the next two months before rose significantly and registered highest value in December at almost $308,000.

In conclusion, there was a significant difference between the asking and selling price and the gap narrowed towards the end of 2005 as sellers’ expectations moved closer to achievable prices.

This response handles well the description of both asking and selling average prices, as well as comparison of their trends. The use of cohesive devices is varied and the message is easy to follow. The writer uses complex sentence structures and wide range of vocabulary. The errors in word choice are minor and don’t affect communication. Overall, this looks like a Band 8 report.

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‘when’ is the right word to use here
‘they’ is the right word because we are referring to ‘prices’
‘their’ is the right word because we are referring to ‘prices’
 

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