Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The table shows the proportions of schoolchildren attending four school categories.

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

Write at least 150 words. 

Sample Answer:

The table shows data on the percentage of school pupils attending four distinct school types between 2004 and 2008.

Overall, the number of students enrolled in public schools increased over the period, while the proportion of students registered in private, language, and specialist schools dropped between the years 2004 and 2008.

In 2004, 52 percent of pupils attended specialist schools, a figure that had dropped to almost half in 2008, at 26 percent. Similarly, between 2004 and 2008, the number of children who joined language schools fell from a quarter to just 12%. Moreover, the percentage of private school students also reduced, but in a very small proportion and reached 10%, down from 12% during the four years.

In contrast to this, the proportion of schoolchildren enrolled in public schools increased throughout the given time. Beginning in 2004, only 12% of students were attending public schools. Afterwards, the percentage of pupils climbed almost thrice in 2006 and five times in 2008, reaching 35 and 60 percent, respectively.

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