Leisure time enjoyed by men and women

The chart below shows the amount of leisure time enjoyed by men and women of different employment status.

Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information shownbelow.

You should write at least 150 words.


IELTS Writing Task 1: fill the gaps

The following sentences describe the bar chart on page 51 of Cambridge IELTS book 2. What words would you use to fill the gaps?

  1. The chart compares the _____ of hours of free time that men and women had between 1998 and 1999.
  2. It is _____ that men enjoyed more leisure time than women.
  3. Unemployed males had just _____ 80 hours of leisure time per week.
  4. The figures for retired men and women were exactly the same as _____ for the unemployed.
  5. Housewives enjoyed the next highest _____ of spare time.
  6. Part-time working women enjoyed only 3 extra hours of leisure _____ to those who worked full-time.


  1. number
  2. clear
  3. over / under (it depends whether you have seen the chart or not)
  4. THOSE
  5. amount

*Look carefully at numbers 4 and 6!