IELTS Writing Task: 9 (Bar Chart)

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. 

The chart below gives information on the percentage of British people giving money to charity by age range for the years 1990 and 2010. Summerise the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words.


The chart examines the level of donation among people of different ages in Britain.

Overall, a greater percentage of British people gave money to charity in 1990 than in 2010. However, across the two years, the pattern differs before and after the age of 50.

In 1990, 42% of the 36-50 age-group made charitable donations and this figure is the highest on the chart. The 18-25s contributed the least at only 17%. By 2010, these figures had fallen significantly to 35% to 7% respectively. The level of donations from the 26-35 age-group also experienced a decrease in 2010 from 31% to 24%.

While donations up to the age of 50 declined across the two years, they rose among the 51-65 age-group from 35% to nearly 40%, which was the highest percentage for 2010. The figure for the over 65s was lower than this, at 35%, but it was still a little higher than the 1990 figure of 32%.

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  1. This bar chart indicates a donation rate of citizens in England by a range of age in both 1990 and 2010.
    Overall, the people of 36 – 50 and 51 – 65 age-group donated the most money to charity in 1990 and 2010 respectively. In contrast, the people in the age between 18 – 25 made a donation the least in both years. However, the contribution of Britisher aged above 51 years had increased in opposed to other groups accross the years.
    In 1990, the group of 36 – 50 had the highest rate around 42% and it had decreased to 35% by 2010. While the percentage of the age-group of 51 – 65 was 35%, and had risen to just under 40% over the years. On the other hand, young people aged 18 – 25 years had the least donation rate at about 17% and dramatically dropped to 7% in 2010.
    The British residents at age 51 and above tend to donate more from 1990 until 2010, with the percentage at least 30%. In the contrary, in 2010, the people at age 50 and below donated noticeably less than in 1990, especially among the young adult (18 – 25 years old).

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