The overview is one of the most important parts of your answer. Without an overview you will be unable to achieve
a higher band.
The instructions for task 1 state:
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant
The overview should provide a summary
of the data.
Read the following statements and decide if they are correct or incorrect.
Read the following overviews. Which are acceptable and which are unacceptable?
There are numerous problems with overview 1.
Although it starts with the appropriate signal word, details are presented and opinions are given which make it a bad overview.
It also only contains information about one set of data – car use – and so doesn’t give us an overview of the other important data.
This is a good overview.
It starts with the appropriate signal word, it provides an overview of the most to the least popular forms of transportation, and it doesn’t give any specific details.
Overview 3 starts well but finishes poorly as the writer writes about his city. Do not write about anything that is not shown in the data.
The table below provides data from one time. It does not show any change over time. In mathematics and academic research this is known as discrete data. It is like a photo providing an image of one specific time.
The table below gives information about the average percentage of money per month spent by consumers on fashion/clothing, entertainment/leisure and transport in 5 different countries.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
*These statistics are fabricated for use as learning materials
To write an overview of this data you need to summarise the most important features.
You should look for…
- the highest and lowest values.
- the most common/popular category.
- similarities in the data.
- major differences/exceptions in the data.
However, do not write about all of these things as it will make your overview too long. You must be selective so only summarise the most important features.
Which of the following overviews are acceptable and which are unacceptable?
This is unacceptable as the overview provides too much information, including details of the data.
This is a good overview, as it contains the main feature of the table (high spending on entertainment/leisure) and briefly mentions the exception.
Overview 3 contains too much detail so is overly long.
This is a strong overview until it mentions the price of transport in Singapore. This should not be included as this information is not displayed in the table.