Exercise 1 | Understanding the Graph
True or False?
- The two pie charts show the statistics in two years only. It is not possible to say what happened between 1981 and 1999, only what the statistics were in those two particular years. Therefore, the vocabulary you use to talk about changes over time in a line graph (rise, fall, fluctuate, peak etc.) cannot be used.
- Candidates often forget to give important details, such as the overall number of visitors in each year. Make sure you mention this information.
- In the introduction, make sure you provide an overview of the main features of the two pie charts. Concentrate on highlighting the categories with the highest/lowest percentages. Don’t include any actual statistics in your overview, save these for the body paragraphs.
Exercise 2 | Writing about Data
Add the data
We can see that the details of these pie charts have been separated into 1) the two most popular and 2) the two least popular tourist attractions. An alternative way to structure this task is to divide the details into 1) year 1981 and 2) year 1999.
When you write, you must decide how you want to separate your detail paragraphs.
Exercise 3 | Important Vocabulary
We often find that students find it difficult knowing what prepositions (in/on/at/by etc) to use when referring to data. Luckily we have a class to help you with that:
Prepositions to go with statistics and data