IELTS TASK 1 WRITING: SIMPLIFYING COMPLEX DATA

We have looked at some quite difficult questions over the past few days and here is one more although after yesterday , it may not look so difficult!

The table gives information about energy generation in a number of different countries:

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The problem again is the amount of data that is here. What is the BIG PICTURE?

  1. The first thing we should notice is that there is NO TREND in this data so we will look at the differences in magnitude.

Looking at the total energy production in the last column we see that we can group the data like this:

HIGHEST PRODUCTION: (around 500 KwH)
Germany
France

MEDIUM PRODUCTION: (around 300 KwH)
UK

LOWEST PRODUCTION: (around 150 KwH)
Spain
Norway

Note that the countries have been listed in order of magnitude within each of these groups.

2. We should also comment on the major sources of electricity with about equal amounts coming from Thermal and Nuclear with much lower levels from Hydro and very little from Geothermal.

The BIG PICTURE overview might look like this:

“Overall, Germany and France generated the highest amount of electricity while the UK generated a significantly lower amount and the smallest levels of electric were produced in Spain and Norway. The data also shows that the five nations produce about equal amounts of electricity from Thermal and Nuclear energy whereas a much lower proportion of is generated from Hydro with only a minor contribution from Geothermal.”

This is a quite an extensive overview that covers both major aspects shown by the data.

Note that the details about where each country got their energy would be covered in the ‘details’ part of the essay but that this should be mentioned because there are some very significant differences:

Germany (Thermal 60%; Nuclear 30%)
UK (Thermal 60%; Nuclear 25%)
Spain (Thermal 50%; Nuclear 25%)

France (Nuclear – around 75%)

Norway (Hydro about 99%)

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(Data source: Based on Test 4, IELTS Practice Tests 2 Express Publishing)