Task 1 vocabulary: Pie charts

Many IELTS exam takers complain that they have problems when describe pie charts, bar graphs and tables. T-shirts had 7%. Bags were 29%. “Had” and “to be” are not enough to deal with a Task 1 answer. Take a look at some possible verbs you can use to demonstrate your vocabulary.

Task 1 vocabulary pie charts, bar charts, tables

*Account for (accounted for)

Example: Sunglasses accounted for 44 per cent in 2015.

*Make up (made up)

Example: Bags made up 29 percent of the total.

*Stand at (stood at)

Example: Sales of jeans stood at 20 %.

*Represent (represented)

Example: In 2015, T-shirts represented 7 per cent.

*Take up (took up)

Example:  Sunglasses took up 44% of the share.

Task 1 pie charts *Comprise (comprised) (compose)

Example: Canada comprises (composes) 37%.


Example: USA contributes 18% of the total.

*To be responsible

Example: China is responsible for 22%.

*To be represented equally

Example: China and the EU are represented equally, with each accounting for 22%.

An example of how you can use these verbs in a pie chart answer.

The three pie charts show the changes in spending by a UK kindergarten in 2000, 2005 and 2010.

pie charts task 1 vocabulary

Task 1 pie charts model answer:

The charts compare changes in the shares of five different categories that comprised the yearly expenses of a kindergarten in the United Kingdom between 2000 and 2010.

It is clear that food made up the largest proportion, the least percentage of kindergarten budget was spent on toys.

Regarding food supplies, they accounted for the most significant proportion of expenditure in 2000 (40%) and had increased to 50% by 2005 before it declined slightly, reaching 45% in the end of the period. In comparison, furniture was initially as high as that of educational supplies, sitting at 15%, but while the former decreased by 10% before rising considerably to 23%, the latter witnessed a rise of 5% after which it almost halved, with 9% in 2010.

Decorations were responsible for less than a third of all expenses in 2000, but their share fell by 13% over the whole period. Lastly, toys contributed only 2%, remaining relatively constant in 2005 when it rose fourfold.

From an overall perspective, two categories experienced declines, whereas there were rises in the remaining three.

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