How to Talk about an IELTS Line Graph – Part 1

By | April 15, 2015

An IELTS Task 1 chart tells about only one of two things:

A – What is happening at one moment OR

B – What is happening over a period of time

One chart will NOT tell about both things above, but only one thing above

A graph that tells what is happening at one moment is different from a graph that tells what is happening over time. Since the two are different, you use different language to tell about each kind of graph.

After you read this article AND try the exercise, you will know how to tell what is happening on a line graph over a period of time.

A line graph tells what is happening over time. Below is the language you need to talk about the changes that happen on a line graph over time.

1             increased

2             decreased

3             remained steady

4             went up and down

5             levelled off

6             plateaued

7             dipped

Look at the graphs below and try to tell what is happening. Use the words above. Then check your answers at the end of the article.

 

ielts blog - graph - increased

 

ielts blog - graph - remained steady

 

ielts blog - graph - decreased

ielts blog - graph - dipped 

 ielts blog - graph - went up and down

 ielts blog - graph - levelled off

G  

 ielts blog - graph - plateaued

ANSWERS

A – increased

B – remained steady

C – decreased

D – dipped

E – went up and down

F – levelled off

G  plateaued

Hopefully, now you know how to tell about the changes that happen on a line graph over time. If you have any questions, please feel free to post them in the comments!

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