IELTS 9 Writing Model Essay (Free sample)

Test 2 Task 1 Question

The chart below shows the total number of minutes (in billions) of telephone calls in the UK, divided into three categories, from 1995-2002.

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

Write at least 150 words.

Test 2 Task 1 Model Essay by an Expert 

The graph shows the number of telephone calls made using different devices over an eight-year period. As a general overview, we can see that whilst local fixed line calls maintain their position as the most popular way to make contact, mobiles and national/international calls have been increasing in popularity.

From 1995 to 1998, all call types increased in concert with each other. Local calls went up from 70 to 90 billion in this period, whilst national and international calls rose from 40 to 50 billion; in other words, national calls were about half as popular as local calls in the mid-nineties. Although enjoying a much smaller share of the market, the figures for mobiles increased more dramatically proportionately, experiencing a fourfold increase from about 2 billion calls in 1995 to about 8 billion in 1998.   

However, the increase in local calls stopped in 1998, and in the new millennium these calls became less and less popular. By the end of the period, the same number of calls were being made on local fixed lines as there were at the start of the period (70 billion). By contrast, the steady increase of national and international calls continued without interruption, and by 2002 there were only 10 billion fewer calls on a national level than on a local level (the difference was about 30 billion in 1995).

The most rapid rise in call types can be seen on the mobile networks. The use of mobiles increases by about 50% each year in 1999, 2000 and 2001. In 2002, although mobiles are still the least popular method of phone communication, they nevertheless are more than half as popular as local phone calls, with around 40 billion calls being made in this year.

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