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Task 1 Report: Internet Use & Online Shopping

Question: The charts above give information about the use of the Internet in five countries in Europe in 2000. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons where relevant. (Test Date: 21/5/20)

Band 8+ Sample Answer:

(Intro and Overview) The bar chart compares 5 different countries in terms of the proportion of people having access to the internet, while the pie chart details these 5 nations’ expenditure per capita on online shopping in 2000. It is clear that Sweden had the highest percentage of internet users among the five, whereas the UK and Germany had moderate figures, and France and Sweden displayed the lowest proportions. It is also noticeable that Sweden and the UK were the two biggest online spenders respectively; however, Spanish spending on online items was relatively insignificant.

(Detail 1) Looking first at the percentage of internet users, Sweden led the way with a figure of 35%, followed by the UK (20%) and Germany (15%). By contrast, internet usage in France and Spain was lower, with the former accounting for 10% and the latter occupying 5%.

(Detail 2) With regards to (the) average expenditure on online products, people in the UK and Sweden paid out €87 and €76 respectively for these items, ahead of France (€57) and Germany (€46). By comparison, the lowest figure was a mere €10 belonging to Spain. (180 words)

Words: Student Report, fully corrected and upgraded by Nick Kemp, former IELTS Examiner.

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