It’s important to vary the language you use to describe numbers and percentages in academic task 1 and it’s also important of course to get the numbers right. This lesson gives you two practice exercises for percentage vocabulary to test your knowledge and skills.
Why you need this language – it’s a language test
Take a quick look at these two bits of writing. Which do you prefer?
While 23% of people in South Asia have $1.25 a day to live on, 8% of people in East Asia have this amount.
While almost a quarter of the population in South Asia have $1.25 a day to live on, less than a tenth of people in East Asia have this amount.
I hope you see immediately that the second works better if only because it has more language in it and IELTS is a language test. You will also find that the more you use this language, the easier it will be to summarise and compare.
Why you need this language – you often can’t see any numbers
You also need this language because very often (there’s an example below) you get a chart where you can’t see the numbers. This means you need to be able to describe numbers in words. If you want to do this well you need variation and accuracy.
Variation – different ways to write about percentages
This first exercise gives you a little practice in identifying the different ways to write about numbers. You may also want to check out this lesson on numbers first.
Accuracy – getting your number right
It can be easy to make mistakes with this language. Here is a quick exercise to test your skills. It is a true/false exercise based on the chart below. Your job is simply to look at the chart and decide whether the statements are true or not.