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IELTS 6 Writing Model Essay (Free sample)

Test 2 Task 1 Question

The table below gives information about changes in modes of travel in England between 1985 and 2000. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons when relevant.

Write at least 150 words.

Test 2 Task 1 Model Essay by an Expert

The table compares how many miles an average English person travelled by different modes of transport in the years 1985 and 2000. In total, the average person travelled around 1,700 more miles in 2000 than in 1985. The mode of transport with the greatest difference between the two years is the car, which covered 1,607 more miles per year in 2000 than in 1985. In both years, however, the car was the mode of transport by which the average person travelled the furthest. In 1985, taxi was the mode of transport by which the average person travelled the smallest distance; in 2000, it was the bicycle, by a very small margin compared to the also unpopular taxi.

In the year 2000, people travelled less far by foot, by bike and significantly less by local bus than in 1985. Since these are modes of transport usually used to cover small distances, this is consistent with the overall trend of people travelling a further total distance on average in the year 2000. Concurrently, distances travelled by long distance bus and train increased significantly from the year 1985 to 2000.

(187 words)

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