This is just a quick lesson giving you a summary statement exercise for task 1. The main idea is that the statement should:
summarise the main points of the graph – the really big and obvious things
not contain too much detail – it is only there to summarise and that means being fairly brief
cover the whole graph so far as possible – the idea is to show the reader the big picture and help them see the graph without looking at it
One or two quick tips
A top tip is to look at the chart as a whole and try to see the big picture. This means with a time based chart you should often look at
the starting point and the end point – that will tell you whether the underlying/overall trend is up or down
the high point and the low point – these are often key features
the nature and rate of change – there is a big difference between something that falls rapidly and something that falls slowly
Test yourself a little first
This graph is simpler than you will find in the test. Don’t worry. The idea is just to focus on the skill of writing a summary statement. To test yourself: look at this line graph and write your own summary of it.
only write one sentence
the reader must understand what the graph is about – so include information from the heading and x and y axes
Then try the super simple exercise below.
Now try the exercise
Note that the first question asks you whether this is a time based chart or not. You need slightly different skills for different types of charts. Note too that I get the information for writing my summary statement by asking myself a few easy questions.