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IELTS Academic Writing Task 1/ Graph Writing - Table:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The table below gives data on the hour of leisure time per year for people in

Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information in the table below.

You should write at least 150 words.

Sample Answer 1:
The table shows how people in different age groups spend their leisure time in Someland over
the course of a year. It can be clearly seen that the amount of leisure time available varies
considerably across the age groups and that people of different age levels have very different
ways of spending their leisure time.

According to the figures, as people age in Someland, their social lives reduce. Teenagers and
people in their twenties spend on average 500 hours per year on socialising and 350 hours of that
time is with a group of more than 4 people. Although the total hours of socialising in their 30s,
40s, 50s and 60s are fairly constant (between 300-350), socialising with more than 4 people
drops dramatically to 50 hours in the 30s and 40s age groups and only 25 from 50 years old.
Group and individual exercise follow a similar pattern.

People of all ages spend a good part of their leisure time on entertainment such as TV/ video
viewing and cinema. In both cases, teenagers and retired people spend around twice as much
time as those who are at working age. Home entertainment ranges from just over a thousand
hours for teenagers and retired people and an average of 600 hours for everyone else. Cinema
accounts for 100 hours of the teenagers and retired peoples leisure time and 25-50 hours for the

In conclusion, we can see there is a significant trend towards solitary and smaller group activities
as people grow older and then teenagers and retired people spend a lot more time on
entertainment than those of working age do.

(Approximately 270 words)

( This model answer can be followed as an example of a very good answer. However, please
note that this is just one example out of many possible approaches.)

Model Answer 2:
The given table presents data on the leisure time activities of people from different age groups in
a year in Someland. As is seen from the given illustration, watching TV and videos is the most
preferred free time activity for people of all age groups while time spent yearly on other leisure
activities vary based on peoples age.

According to the given table data, young and older people spend more of their leisure time
watching TV programmes and other videos than the people from other age groups. TV watching
consumes 1200 hours of leisure hours for teenagers and 1100 hours for 70 plus population. This
is the most popular leisure-time activity of people as they spend more time on this activity than
others. Socialising with more people is popular among teenagers while with the increasing age,
people prefer to socialise with fewer people. Teenagers and young adults like group exercise
while it is avoided by people who are above 60 years old. People from 30 to 40 seems like spend
around 200 hours per years on individual exercises. Finally, watching movies in a cinema hall
comprises 100 leisure hours for teenagers while it kept on decreasing with the increase of their
age except for the 70 plus population who spend more time on this activity than 20 to 70 years
old people.

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