IELTS Report, topic: Table describing the amount of road traffic in London (from IELTS High Scorer’s Choice series, Academic Set 4)

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 4 Academic book, Practice Test 18

Writing Task 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The table below shows the total amount of road traffic in the London borough of Enfield for the years 2008 – 2015.

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

You should write at least 150 words.

Table of road traffic in the London borough of Enfield (from IELTS High Scorer's Choice series, Academic Set 4 book)

Sample Band 9 Report

The table shows six categories of the total road traffic in the London borough of Enfield for the years 2008 to 2015. The totals are all given in thousands of vehicle miles.

Overall, it is evident that pedal cycles travelled the least and cars – the most.

The fewest road miles were completed by pedal cycles. There were 1542 miles completed in 2008 and this steadily rose to 1712 miles in 2011, before falling again to a low of 1017 miles in 2014. 2015 saw a rise again to 1360 miles. Motorcycles experienced a contrasting trend, miles dropping from 2008 to 2010 before rising again to 2014, followed by a small drop in 2015.

Light goods vehicles also showed a general trend, going down from 2008 with 110,150 miles to 87,397 miles in 2011 and then rising again to 115,311 miles in 2015.

Cars showed the highest miles completed, though there was no real trend, with numbers going up or down randomly in all years. The highest figure was 644,208 miles in 2011 and the lowest was 578,072 in 2012. Buses and coaches and heavy goods vehicle also showed no discernable trends.

The totals for all vehicles also showed no apparent trend with figures going up or down in following years. The year with the highest miles was 812,323 in 2011 and the lowest was 747,214 miles in 2012.

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