Several people have asked me for help with the following task from Cambridge IELTS book 12 (test 5).
The bar chart below shows the percentage of Australian men and women in different age groups who did regular physical activity in 2010.
Before we describe the chart, let’s get one important thing right: ‘the big picture’. In other words, I want you to think about the information that you would put in your overview / summary paragraph.
Try to answer the following questions:
- What was the overall percentage (i.e. average or range) of all Australian men and women who did regular physical activity in 2010?
- Are there any differences between the figures for men and women, looking at all age groups?
- Were any age groups noticeably more (or less) active than the others?
Remember: Most IELTS candidates fail to write a good overview of the information in writing task 1. We need to practise looking at the ‘big picture’.