Friday, 17 May 2013

Academic Writing - Model Answer (Task 1)

The line graphs show how many children and young people there are in Australia and this figure in percentages, beginning from 1958 until 2038.

To begin with, there were 3 million children aged 0-14 in Australia in 1958. This number rose steadily and is expected to reach 5 million in 2038. A little over 1 million 15-24 years olds resided in Australia in 1958. This figure is predicted to increase to 3.5 million in 2038.

The 0-14 year olds represented 30% of the population in 1958 with the percentage showing a gradual downward trend. A 10% drop is predicted for 2038. The percentage of 15-24 year olds is more or less the same, fluctuating between 14 and 17%. The 2038 percentage is likely to be the same as that of 1958 at 14%.

In conclusion, there are more 0-14 year olds in Australia than 15-24 year olds and there is likely to be more of both groups in 2038. However the percentage of children will drop and that of young people will remain relatively stable.

Question taken from Focusing on IELTS Academic Practice Tests p.88

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