Academic IELTS Task 1 model answer 8 – Kilometres travelled per month

Academic IELTS Task 1 model answer 8 – Kilometres travelled per month. This is a Band 9.0 (top score) model answer.

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Academic IELTS Task 1 model answer 8 - Kilometres travelled per month

The charts show information about the number of kilometres travelled in an average month and the distribution of vehicle types in Britain.

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

Write at least 150 words.


Data is given for the distance travelled for three different reasons, as well as charts indicating the percentage of vehicle types in the UK in 1990 and 2010.

The most significant trend is that the most kilometres were travelled for transporting and delivery reasons. In 1990, this figure was approximately 6500 kilometres, rising to almost 8000 kilometres by 1995 and 2000 but falling to 6,000 by 2010.

Personal travel accounted for about 1,200 kilometres a month more than commuting for 1990 to 2000, but commuting distances increased from 2000 to be within approximately 700 kilometres of personal driving, with the former being on 3,000 and the latter being around 2,300.

The pie charts indicate that in the twenty year difference, the percentage of cars fell by 4% while the number of trucks increased by 5%. Over the same period, buses and motorcycles both fell by 1% while the category labelled ‘other’ increased by 1%.

Overall, it is clear that there were a number of changes in the distance travelled and type of vehicles from 1990 to 2010.

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