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Template for IELTS writing task 1: Line graphs

Updated: Oct 11, 2022

Contents :

  • Graphs – Line

  • Graphs – Pie

  • Graphs – Bar

  • Image comparison

  • Image process

  • Table

Structures of report writing:

Both of these structures are equally good and students can pick any one of these to practice report writing.

It is recommended that you pick one format and follow that throughout the practice.

*The ideal length is 170 words.

  1. Graphs – Line

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The line graph shows thefts per thousand vehicles in four countries between 1990 and 1999.

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

Write at least 150 words.

Line Graph Examples - Comparisons of Car Theft

The given line graph shows the information about car theft in four different countries, namely Great Britain, Sweden, France, and Canada, for the years 1990 to 1999. The thefts are given per thousand vehicles.

Overall, the maximum number of vehicle theft took place in Great Britain throughout the given period, and the trend that these thefts follow is seen to be fluctuating, while, in Canada, the thefts were recorded to be the least among the given four countries from 1990 to 1999.

Initially, in Great Britain thefts per thousand were 17 vehicles but as we moved on the thefts kept on fluctuating between 15 to 20. Moving on to Sweden, the thefts per thousand vehicles were found to be 9 and it reached up to _____ by the year 1999.

Furthermore, the thefts were found to be almost equal in terms of number and trend for France and Canada.


The line graph compares the [name of the objects given in one axis] in accordance with the [name the parameters of the other axis].

Overall, it can be seen that [describe the highest reading of the graph] whereas/while [describe the lowest reading]

To begin, [write about the pattern followed by the lines (you can also write combinely about the lines that follow similar pattern)] [follow by the relevant information of the other axis and the readings of the same axis]. The general trend though for [x] and [y] was a decline/increment [write about the average trend of the parameters] over the period, with both at around [average common reading for x and y for the given period]. In contrast, [z] experienced an increment/decline, starting with ___ and ending with ____.

Interestingly, [write about remaining categories with highest/lowest readings overall]. It fluctuated for the ____ to ___ years(given parameter), reaching a peak/the lowest with[write the highest/lowest reading], and ending with higher/lower than where it began at [far-right reading for this category]

Vocab Trend- Increasing, decreasing, stagnant, rapidly, massively hugely, tremendous, plateau, stable

Model Answer

The line graph compares the number of cars stolen for every 1000 vehicles in four countries from 1990 to 1999.

Overall, it can be seen that car thefts were far higher in Great Britain than in the other three counties throughout the whole time frame.

To begin, car thefts in Sweden, France, and Canada followed a fairly similar pattern over the first five years, all remaining at between 5 and 10 per thousand. The general trend though for France and Canada was a decline in the number of vehicles stolen over the period, with both at around 6 in 1999. In contrast, Sweden experienced an upward trend, starting the period at approximately 8, and finishing at just under 15.

Interestingly, car thefts in Great Britain started at 18 per thousand, which far exceeded that of the other countries. It then fluctuated over the next nine years, reaching a peak of 20 thefts per 1000 in 1996, and ending the period slightly lower than where it began, at approximately 17 per thousand.

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