Overviews for IELTS Writing Task 1 – Global literacy

Overviews for IELTS Writing Task 1 – Global literacy


In Writing Task 1, identifying the main trends, differences, or stages is a key skill.  
Practise with the question below, and then write an overview.  
Click on the tabs to see mine.
Write down the main differences

The chart below shows the proportion of adults able to read and write in different regions of the world.

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


IELTS Writing Task 1 Literacy

Now write down the main differences before proceeding to the next tab    
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  1. Minh Le on 13th February 2016 at 10:21 am

    Hi Tony,
    I am afraid that you don t realize me as ur old student. I am gonna take the test next March so appreciate your little comments for my following answer: ) . Thanks in advance Tony.

    What illustrated in the bar chart is the variations in the percentage of literate adults categorized by gender in seven different regions all over the world according to a research in 2010.
    From an overall perspective, it can be seen clearly that adult literacy is more popular among males than females in average with 87% for the former and 77% for the latter.
    In particular, Eastern Europe, Western Europe together with two sides of America ( Latin and North) were the regions which accounted for the highest rates of people having capabilities in reading and writing with the figures being over 95 %. In contrast, the least common regarding the ability to read and write belonged to Africa, making up 65% for men and 52% for women.
    In addition, It is interesting to note that there was a biggest gap in the level of literacy between male ( 65%) and female (52%) in Arab Nation while the Western of Europe saw an equal percentage in two gender (99%) .

    • Tony on 13th February 2016 at 11:34 am

      Hi Minh Le

      You’re right – I don’t recognise you 🙁

      The organisation of your answer is good, and you’ve selected and highlighted information correctly.

      There are some problems with your grammar.

      I’ll just mention a few, but there are others. Can you fix them?

      > What illustrated in the bar chart
      > adult literacy is more popular
      > two gender

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