ACADEMIC ENGLISH

DESCRIBE A GRAPH 1
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DESCRIBE A GRAPH

ESSAY QUESTION

Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information below. Write at least 150 words.

The graph below shows the number of people who died in car accidents in Australia in 2003.


Look at the essay question in the box above. It is the kind of task you will find on some English tests. When you see this kind of question, the important things to remember are:

1. 1st paragraph - Write an introduction about the kind of information the graph shows. DON'T copy the information that is given with the graph or the question. Use your own words.

2. Your other paragraphs should each describe the data or information. Give details of the most important information.

3. DON'T include your opinion. DON'T give possible reasons.

4.Write the appropriate number of words.


Look at the graph and the instructions and chooose the best answers.
1. You should write 150 words

2. In your first paragraph you should describe the graph briefly by using

3. You should

4. You should have an introduction

5. It is important

6. In this essay it is important why more young men are dying.


CHOOSE THE BEST SENTENCE.

You can see three ideas; 1, 2 & 3.
For each sentences say which one is best; A, B or C.

 
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B
C
1. The graph uses pink for girls and blue for boys to show how many died. The graph shows the number of people who died in car accidents in Australia in 2003. The graph provides information about the number of males and females who died as a result of car accidents in 2003.
2. The death rate for males is higher than for females in all age groups. In total more than twice as many males died in car accidents as females. Over 300 17-25 year old males died. This is probably because they are young and are less experienced. Over 300 17-25 year old males died, but less than 100 females in the same age group died. This is probably because young men drive more often and there are more young males than females with licences.
3. We can see that 60-69 year old men and women are the best drivers because the death rate is much lower. The safest male drivers are in the 0-16 year old and the 60-69 year old age groups. Not many 0-16 year old drive though. I think that in some states they can start driving when they are 16. The highest number of deaths for males was in the 17-59 year old age group. Before this age and after this age the death rate is significantly less. This compares to the death rate for females which is fairly consistent across the age groups but significantly less in the 60-69 year old age group.
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SAMPLE ANSWER

The graph provides details of the number of people who died in car accidents in Australia in 2003.

The number of male deaths in each age bracket is higher than the number of female deaths. Male deaths in the 17 to 59 year age bracket ranged between 250 and 325 while female deaths in the same age groups ranged from 75 to 100. Deaths for both genders was lowest in the 60 to 69 year age group with around 60 male deaths and 30 female deaths. The numbers rose again in the 70 plus age group with over 100 male deaths and almost as many female deaths.

Female deaths were lowest in the 60 to 69 year age group at around 40 and highest at around 100 in both the 40 to 59 and the 70 plus group. For males they peaked in the 17 to 25 age group at over around 325 and were lowest in the 0 - 16 and 60 to 69 groups at around 75 in each.

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