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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