Academic IELTS Task 1 model answer 25 – Participation in leisure activities

Academic IELTS Task 1 model answer 25 – Participation in leisure activities. This is a Band 9.0 (top score) model answer.

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You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The table below shows information on participation in various leisure activities in the U.K.

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

Write at least 150 words.


The table shows the percentages of people taking part in 8 different categories of leisure pursuits, in three selected age brackets.

According to the figures, the single most popular leisure activity in the UK is watching television and video, which has a 99% participation rate across all given sections of the population. Visiting friends and relations is almost as popular with 95% or more of all age ranges socializing on a regular basis.

Next, listening to music is most popular with the two younger age groups, at 98% and 93%, while the figure is approximately one third lower for older people, at 65%. In contrast, gardening is more popular with 60-69 year-olds. Almost twice as many older people enjoy gardening compared with 25-29 year-olds at 35%, and even lower for the youngest age range. Finally, it is evident that DIY appeals most to people in their twenties.

Overall, it can be seen that the figures for the most popular activities are fairly similar across the age groups. However, there are considerable differences when looking at the minority interests.

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