Friday, 26 July 2013

Academic Writing - Model Answer (Task 1)

The bar charts show how far commuters travel per year using different means of transport and how long their journey takes. The data relates to several European countries.
The EU average for traveling by car per person is 10,000 kilometers with Spain and Germany having less than this figure and the United Kingdom having almost the same as the EU average. The kilometers travelled using this mode of transport in Italy, France and Denmark is 11,000, 12,000 and 13,000 per year respectively.
The EU average for public transport and bikes is about 1,200 kilometers per person yearly, with Spain and Germany being at the same level. France and the United Kingdom stand at roughly 1,000 kilometers and Italy at almost double this amount. In Denmark travel by person with these methods is much greater reaching a little more than 3,000 kilometers per year.
Commuting time in France and Denmark is at the same level as the EU average of around 39 minutes per day. Commuters in Germany and the United Kingdom travel for 45 minutes daily using all modes while Italians commute for 21 minutes.
Europeans travel the furthest by car yearly than with other means of transport and Danes travel the furthest, while Germans and the British spend the most time commuting.
Question taken from Focus on IELTS, Longman p.150

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