Do the preparation task first. Then read the text and tips and do the exercises.
- If you are doing an exam task, read the instructions and make sure you write according to the word and time limits.
- Start by saying what the charts show. In an exam, change the words in the question to write the first sentence of your answer, e.g. These charts show = These charts illustrate.
- The second paragraph should provide an overview of the key features of the information.
- The other paragraphs should describe the patterns or trends in more detail. However, only select the most important ones to write about, and don't write about your own ideas.
- Use linking words and a range of vocabulary to describe what you see in the charts. (You can write % or per cent, but be consistent.)
- Be careful to use the correct tenses to describe the time periods shown.