IELTS Writing Task 1 question with Sample Answer 21

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The table below gives information about changes in modes of travel in the Netherlands between 2001 and 2006.

Describe the information in the table and make comparisons where appropriate.

Write at least 150 words.

Average distance in miles travelled per person per year, by mode of travel

Local bus429274
Local distance bus54124
All modes47406475

model answer:

The chart illustrates the average distance travelled by various modes of transport in the Netherlands in 2001 and 2006. The figures are given in miles and to show how people’s preference changed over time.

In general, people in the Netherlands travelled more in the year 2006 than in 2001. Cars showed unparalleled figures among the given categories. Except walking, using bicycles and taking local buses, most of the categories showed overall increases in the distance travelled.

In detail, a person driving his own car travelled 3,199 miles on average in 2001, and the average distance showed a moderate rise to 4,806 miles in 2006. Apart from cars, taking trains, using long-distance buses and taxis also experienced an overall growth in their figures from 289 miles to 366, from 54 miles to 124, and from 13 miles to 42 respectively in the order named.

On the other hand, walking and riding bicycles were not more favoured by Dutch people. Both categories showed a moderate decline in their figures. Meanwhile, the number of people who used local buses must have dropped significantly as the average distance experienced a dramatic fall from 429 miles in 2001 to 274 miles in 2006.