IELTS Writing Task: How to Describe a Bar Chart

IELTS Writing Task: How to Describe a Bar ChartIELTS Writing Task consists of writing a 150-word report on a bar chart, pie chart, table or a diagram given to you in the test. If you are not sure on your ability to comprehend either of the above, we recommend that you enroll yourself in the best IELTS coaching institute that offers training for IELTS tests.Tips to understand bar charts for IELTSGurgaon tests

We begin with understanding a bar chart: A bar chart or bar graph would have either horizontal or vertical bars. These are used to show a comparison. Where one axis represents the specific categories being compared, the other one represents a separate value.

Figure 1: Comparison in Gross Earnings of Fiction Books between Different Categories


Fiction Books Sales


The above chart shows a comparison in gross earning of fiction books between different age groups/categories. Note the title given to the X and Y axes.

Writing Your Report

  1. Read the title. Do not forget to check on the time frame Is it only to do with the current year or is the comparison between the previous and foresight for the years to come? If that is the case, you will have to change the tense in your report based on the year you are talking about.
  2. Begin with an introduction explaining what the chart is about, followed by a This is imperative as your IELTS examiner will figure out your understanding of the chart from this.
  3. Focus on similarities and differences. In your body paragraph use numbers. If you do not, your IELTS band score automatically comes down.
  4. Use as many linking devices as you can. Such as, compared to’, ‘opposed to’, ‘while’, ‘whereas’, etc.
  5. Write a summary and conclusion. A two-line conclusion will add weight to your report and help you score better in your IELTS Writing test.

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