Do the preparation task first. Then read the text and tips and do the exercises.
- Start by saying what information is shown. If you are writing in an exam, try to avoid repeating the same wording as the question, e.g. The table illustrates some interesting facts about some of the world's most popular languages to learn.
- In the second paragraph give an overview of the most important features of the information.
- Be selective and choose the key observations and trends. You don't have to write about every single detail.
- Divide your observations into paragraphs about different aspects of the data. A concluding paragraph is not always necessary.
- Don't use your own general knowledge to give reasons for the data or to add more information than is shown. The question only requires you to summarise and report the data in the table.
- Use a variety of structures for:
- making comparisons, e.g. slightly more than, by far the highest, as … as, compared to, double the number of, correlation between
- approximating, e.g. nearly, roughly, almost
- stating what you are referring to, e.g. in terms of … , as for … , of those given.