Model Answer – IELTS (Task 1)

The graph below shows the number of complaints made about noise to Environmental Health authorities in the city of Newtown between 1980 and 1996.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

The Environmental Health authorities in Newton received a number of complaints in relation to domestic, factory, traffic and road work noise over a sixteen year period.

To begin with, just over 600 complaints were received in 1980 relating to the noise from road works. Complaints from this category fell sharply to less than 100 in 1996. Protests over domestic/household noise were steady from 1980 to 1984 at approximately 500 and between 1986 and 1990 at 400. There was a dramatic upward trend over a 6 year period ending at 1200 complaints in 1996 which represents the highest figure. Factories accounted for 400 complaints in 1980 with the figure increasing by about 200 over the sixteen year period. Finally, the fewest complaints were made about traffic noise in 1980. 300 complaints were recorded during the first four years and 200 between 1986 and 1988. Following a rise in traffic noise complaints, the 1996 figure stood at 600.

Overall, the numbers of complaints received for domestic/household, factory and traffic noise were on the rise whilst noise from road works noted a drop. In 1996, domestic/household noise was complained about the most and road works the least.

Question taken from Official IELTS Practice Materials (2009) p.35
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