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IELTS 10 Writing Model Essay (Free sample)

Test 3 Task 1 Question

The charts below show what UK graduate and postgraduate students who did not go into full-time work did after leaving college in 2008.

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

Write at least 150 words.

Test 3 Task 1 Model Essay by an Expert 

The graphs show what UK graduates and postgraduates did after leaving college in 2008, not including full-time work.

The graphs demonstrate that there were significantly more graduates in each of the chosen categories than postgraduates. There were almost ten times more graduates who followed routes other than full-time work than postgraduates in 2008.

For both graduates and postgraduates, further study was the most popular destination, excluding full-time work, which isn’t included in the graphs. For graduates, this was by far the most common route, whilst for postgraduates it was only slightly more popular than part-time work. Part-time work was also the second most popular destination for UK graduates, but this was just over half the number of students who went into further study. In contrast, the difference between these two destinations for postgraduates was marginal.

In the two remaining destinations, voluntary work and unemployment, the proportions of graduates and postgraduates are very similar, with the difference in total numbers for each category being proportionate to the difference in total numbers of people. In both groups, voluntary work was by far the least popular destination. Around one third of each group was unemployed after completing college in 2008.

In summary, the patterns of popularity for each destination in 2008 were similar for graduates and postgraduates, with the biggest difference being in the total number of students involved in each group.

(229 words)

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