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Task 1 Report: UK House Prices

Question: The graphs above give information about average house prices in different areas of England. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons where relevant. (Test Date: 16/1/21)

Band 8+ Sample Answer:

(Intro and Overview) The first chart compares the average house prices in England and London in 1995 and 2013, while the second chart gives information about the prices of houses in other regions in England in 2013. Overall, it is readily apparent that housing prices went up significantly in 8 years, especially in London. It is also noticeable that houses in London were more expensive than in other areas, followed by those in the south.

(Detail 1) Looking at the first chart in detail, in 1995, a house in London cost £200,000 , which was much higher than the average price of a house in England, at £125,000. At the end of the 8 year period, while property prices in London more than doubled (to around £410,000), England saw a less significant rise of £75,000 per house, to £200,000.

(Detail 2) Regarding the second chart, house values in London in 2013 were by far the highest, at £400,000 , followed by those in the South East which ranked second, at around £320 000. This compared with moderately high prices of £270,000 in the South West and £200000 in the North West. House prices in the Midlands and North east were the lowest, presenting figures of £120000 and £100000 respectively. (207 words)

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

Image: Cambridge / Vietop


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