IELTS Report, topic: Bar chart describing Scotland’s exports (from IELTS High Scorer’s Choice series, Academic Set 3)

This is a model response to a Writing Task 1 topic from High Scorer’s Choice IELTS Practice Tests book series (reprinted with permission). This answer is close to IELTS Band 9.

Set 3 Academic book, Practice Test 11

Writing Task 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The bar chart below shows Scotland’s exports to the rest of the UK and the rest of the world for the year 2014.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

You should write at least 150 words.

Scotland’s Exports to the Rest of the UK and the Rest of the World – 2014

Bar Chart of Scotland's Exports to the Rest of the UK and the Rest of the World in 2014 (from IELTS High Scorer's Choice series, Academic Set 3 book)

Sample Band 9 Report

This report concerns a bar chart, which compares Scotland’s exports in different areas of industry to the rest of the UK with its exports to the rest of the world in 2014.

It is evident that exports to the rest of the world were much more significant to the Scottish economy than those to the rest of the UK.

The bar chart shows that in 2014 Scotland exported more to the rest of the world than to the rest of the UK in all the industries mentioned with one exception. The Electrical & Instrument Engineering industry exports were £4 billion to the rest of the UK compared to £2.3 billion going to the rest of the world.

In other industry sectors, the difference in exports was most significant in the Business Services & Finance, Hotels & Restaurant Services Industry, with exports to the rest of the world worth £13.8 billion and exports to the UK worth only £1.7 billion. Other notable sectors were Wholesale & Retail with roughly £7 billion of difference between exports to ROW and the rest of the UK, Chemicals & Mineral Products and Other Manufacturing where the difference between exports to the rest of the world and those to the rest of the UK was approaching £5 billion.

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