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IELTS Report, topic: Table describing the viewers’ preferences for TV programs

This is a model answer for an Academic Writing Task 1 from the IELTS exam in Canada, 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 table below shows the results of a survey conducted in 2012 in a European country, where viewers were asked about their preferences for TV programs. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words

IELTS Writing Task 1 Table of TV Program Viewer Preferences
* Note: this isn’t the actual table given in the test, it was recreated for the purpose of demonstration.

Band 8.5 Model Answer

The table summarises 2012 survey results about the favourite TV programs of people living in a European country, and the data is categorised by three different age groups, namely 11-15 years old, 16-20 years old and 21-25 years old.

Overall, it can be clearly seen that people in the oldest age groups preferred to watch either sports or the news and had the least interest in cartoons. The youngest age group, on contrary, was mostly interested in cartoons.

Looking at the table in greater detail, we can see that 29% of 11 to 15 year-olds enjoyed watching cartoons, which is more than any other age group, while the older viewers (16 to 20 and 21 to 25 year olds) were far less likely to watch such programs, at only 7% and 4% respectively.

The category of Feature films appealed to all the three age groups; 19% of the youngest viewers, 28% of the 16-20 year olds, and 20% of the oldest age group liked watching films. Sports programs have also been watched by a large proportion of viewers from all the three age groups, with the ratios ranging from 23% to 31%.

Only a small proportion of people from the youngest group watched Soap operas, just 9%, while an average of 20% of people from the other two groups watched this type of show.

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