IELTS Writing Task1: Pie Chart Band 9 Model Answer

This model Pie chart IELTS band 9 model answer shows you how to compare two pie charts in IELTS Writing Task 1. This sample answer demonstrates how you organize the report and also shows you useful language and sentence structures you can use to get a band 9 score in your IELTS Exam.

IELTS Pie Charts

The Pie Charts Below Show the comparison of different kinds of energy production in France in 2 years

ielts pie chart
IELTS pie chart


The two pie charts illustrate the proportion of five types of energy production in France in 1995 and 2005. 

Overall, in both years, the most significant sources of energy were gas and coal, which together accounted for over half the production of energy, while nuclear and other kinds of energy sources generated the least amount of energy in France. In all types of energy production, there was only minimal change over the 10 year period.

The energy produced by coal comprised of 29.80% in the first year and this showed only a very slight increase of about a mere 1 % to 30.9% in 2005. Likewise, in 1995, gas generated 29.63% which rose marginally to 30.1% 10 years later.

With regards to the remaining methods of producing energy, there was an approximate 5% growth in production from both nuclear power and other sources to 10.10% and 9.10% respectively. Petrol, on the other hand, was the only source of energy which decreased in production from 29.27% in 1995 to around a fifth (19.55%) in 2005.


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Tips When answering pie chart questions.

  • Always take note of the largest and smallest sections
  • If two pie charts are given in different time periods, then you should bring out the key changes and trends.
  • The language you use should be pie chart language. You should use words like: comprises of, accounts for, represents.
  • You should use the Phrase “Units are measured in…” especially if it is not stated in the previous sentence.


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