How to write an Academic Task 1 table…

How to write a task 1 table


Hello, it’s been a while since I made anything new and I have been a bit lax recently with task 1 writings, so to begin to remedy this here is my latest video, how to write a table task. So, first of all if you read further, you will see the structure file, sentence by sentence, then the two files for the examples, and finally the video. The video explains it all, nothing more to add here except, if you have any qs or want some advice or tuition, you can contact me at, anytime. Ok, see you next time..


Task 1 writing structure

Paragraph 1(introduction)

Sentence 1: paraphrase question

Paragraph 2 (overview)

Sentence 1: overview of first main feature

Sentence 2: overview of second main feature

Sentence 3: overview of third main feature (if necessary/make comparison if appropriate)

Paragraph 3 (data/details of main feature 1)

Sentence 1: supporting details

Sentence 2: supporting details

Sentence 3: support/comparison with other features (if appropriate)

Paragraph 4 (data/details of main feature 2)

Sentence 1: supporting details

Sentence 2: supporting details

Sentence 3: support/comparison with other features (if appropriate)

Example 1

The table illustrates a range of indicators both economic and social for Canada, Japan, Peru, and Angola in 1984, according to statistics provided by the United Nations. These indicators include, annual income, life expectancy, daily calories, and the adult literacy rate.

From an overall view, it can be seen that the two most developed countries, Canada and Japan, outrank Peru and Angola in all categories, with the most significant differences coming in income and daily calorie intake. Also, Peru and Angola are very similar in all categories, with the exception being the adult literacy rate where there is a disparity of two to one.

Taking annual income as the first category, Canada and Japan top the table with incomes of 11100 and 15760 US dollars respectively, whereas, Peru and Angola manage only 160 and 130 USD each. Life expectancy for the top two nations is virtually identical, at 76 and 78 years each, however, Peru and Angola are also very similar in rank, at 51 and 47 years.

Considering daily calories, Canada and Japan are again ranked highest at 3326 calories, and 2846 calories consumed per day, and again, Peru and Angola fall below at only 1927 and 1749 respectively. The final category, that of adult literacy shows some interesting variations, as Canada and Japan have almost universal literacy at 99 per cent each, however, the discrepancy between the bottom two nations, Peru and Angola shows a disparity of double with Peru at 68 per cent and Angola half that, at only 34 per cent.

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Example 2

The table illustrates the results of several surveys from 2000 to 2010 in a single university, the figures in percentages come from the students showing how they rate the various services on offer. These cover five services ranging from Teaching quality to quality of the buildings/facilities.

From an overall perspective, the most obvious thing to note is how little the percentages vary across the period for all categories, save one, that of Electronic resources which almost doubled from the three surveys.

Taking the categories one by one, we can see that Teaching quality showed very minor fluctuations from 65, to 63, before ending on 69 percent in 2010. Similarly, Print resources varied from 87, 88, to 89 points, almost unchanging, whereas Range of modules showed a little more variation on 32, 30, and 27 percent respectively. The last category, the Buildings remained unchanged in all years surveyed at 77 points.

The only category that showed any significant variations was that of Electronic resources, which almost doubled in size from 45 in 2000, to 72 in 2005, and finally ending the period on 88 points in 2010.

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