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IELTS Report, topic: Pie charts describing the main reasons why students chose a particular university

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 Model Answer Band 8

This is a model answer for an Academic Writing Task 1 from the IELTS exam in Croatia, shared recently. This response is likely to get Band 8 or 8.5 in IELTS.

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task

The charts below show the main reasons why students chose a particular university in the UK, in 1997 and 2007. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words

IELTS Writing Task 1 Pie Charts Main Reasons Why Students Chose a Particular University

Band 8.5 Model Answer

The chart compares the primary reasons why students chose specific universities in the United Kingdom in two years, 1997 and 2007.

A general overview of the data suggests that the suitability of degree courses remained the main consideration throughout the period. However, there was a notable shift towards considering proximity to the parental home as a deciding factor, while interest in universities’ social and sports facilities experienced a sharp decline.

A more detailed examination reveals that the proportion of students seeking proximity to parental homes doubled from 10 to 22%. In contrast, the importance given to good sports and social activities fell from 19 to just 6%.

Meanwhile, the emphasis on quality of teaching and resources showed marginal increases that ranged between 15 and 21% for both categories, suggesting a steady but not pivotal interest among students. The most popular reason, the suitability of degree courses, remained relatively stable with a slight increase from 35 to 37%.

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