Writing Task 1: The change in average temperatures for four cities in any given year.

Band 8 Scored

IELTS Task 1 Writing

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The following chart compares the change in average temperatures for four cities in any given year. Report the main features and make comparisons where relevant.

You should write at least 150 words.


This line graph shows a comparison of the change of average temperatures from January to December, as measured in degrees Celsius, from -10 to +30 with an interval of 10 degrees, for Tokyo, London, New York (NY), and Berlin.


Immediately, it is clear that all four of these cities have a parabolic pattern in regards to changes in temperatures with an increase in temperature for the first half of the year and then a decrease in the second half. 


Firstly, in January, these four cities’ temperatures range from zero to 8 degrees, with NY and Berlin close to the freezing point. On average, Tokyo has the highest temperatures throughout the year among these cities starting at 8 degrees in January and climbing to 28 degrees in August then dropping to 10 degrees by the end of the year. Secondly, NY has the greatest change in average temperatures in the year, beginning with 0 degrees in January and getting as hot as Tokyo in July, at 25 degrees, before dropping back down to just 4 degrees in December. Finally, both Berlin and London show relatively similar temperatures throughout the year with only a few degrees of variance in any given month. From April to Sept. Berlin is slightly warmer than London, conversely, it is slightly cooler in the other months. 

Overview (for band 8 and band 9 strongly consider writing a summary)

In summary, looking at these average temperatures it is clear that all four of these cities experience four seasons, spring, summer, winter, and fall, and are located in the northern hemisphere. 

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