The Chart Below Shows What Anthropology

Lilie King
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Scored a 7 twice in the writing test

March 26, 2021

The chart below shows what Anthropology graduates from one university did after finishing their undergraduate degree course. The table shows the salaries of the anthropologists in work after five years.

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

This essay question is from Cambridge IELTS 15 Test 4 Writing Task 1.

Destination of Anthropology graduates (from one university)

The chart below shows what Anthropology

Salaries of Anthropology graduates (after 5 years’ work)

salaries of anthropology graduates

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Sample Essay

The pie chart shows what one university’s graduating Anthropology students went on to do after completing their undergraduate degree, while the table illustrates how much the anthropologists who found jobs earned after 5 years.

Overall, the majority of the graduates had full-time jobs. In terms of salaries, while a significant proportion of the freelance consultants and government employees earned at least $75,000, only roughly half of the private sector employees did.

Just over half of the graduates went on to work full-time, compared with only 15% working part-time and 12% unemployed. Those who did full-time postgraduate study and those who did postgraduate study while working part-time each only made up a small minority of the graduates, at 8% and 5% respectively.

Moving on to their salaries, 80% of the freelance consultants earned at least $75,000, half of whom were in the highest salary range of more than $100,000. Although there were also 80% of the government employees making no less than $75,000, a relatively high proportion of the government employees, at 50%, earned at least $100,000. In comparison, only 55% of those working for private companies made a minimum of $75,000. The proportions of the freelance consultants and government employees who were in the lowest salary bracket of $25,000 to $49,999 both stood at only 5%, versus 10% for those employed in the private sector.

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How to Vary Your Language

full-time work -> to work full-time

52 percent of the graduates worked full-time.

part-time work -> to work part-time

15 percent of the graduates worked part-time.

part-time work+postgrad study

Those who did postgraduate study while working part-time only accounted for 5% of the graduates.

Those who did postgraduate study and also worked part-time only accounted for 5% of the graduates.

Those who did postgraduate study and at the same time had part-time jobs only accounted for 5% of the graduates.

government sector -> government employees

80% of the government employees earned at least $75,000.

private companies -> private sector employees

55% of the private sector employees earned at least $75,000.


5% of the government employees were in the lowest salary range of $25,000 to $49,999.

5% of the government employees earned between $25,000 and $49,999 after 5 years’ work.

$100,000+ -> a minimum of $100,000 /at least $100,000 /no less than $100,000

50% of the government employees made a minimum of $100,000.

How to Group Data

Pie Chart

For the pie chart, I grouped “full-time work”, “part-time work”, and “unemployed” together because they are all about “work”.

I also grouped “full-time postgrad study” and “part-time work+postgrad study” together because they are all about “study”.

I didn’t write about “not known” because this category isn’t important at all.


The table has a lot of data. The key here is to include all three types of employment.

Each type of employment has 4 pieces of data. You can only include 2-3 pieces of data for each type of employment.

23 CommentsLeave A Comment

  1. Dear Lilie,
    I would like to know why you used past tense without the exact year in the pie chart. Could you explain me, please?

  2. Dear lilie, Hi, I hope you are well. In the second paragraph, where the table’s information is outlined, as there are two groups after “proportion of”, so can it be concluded that we must put “s” for “proportion” ?
    Best regards,

  3. Hi Lilie, can have your feedback on my essay?
    The pie chart delineates what Anthropology graduates went to do after graduating from university. Also, the table reveals the earning of them after 5 years of employment in freelance consultants, government sector, and private companies.
    Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that only half of Anthropology graduates worked full-time and the majority of graduates in this field recieved salaries more than 75000 dollor after five years.
    To begin with, the pie chart depicts that just 52 percent of anthropology graduates worked full-time, and 15 percent of them worked part-time. Also, almost 12 percent of these graduates are unemployed. It must mention that 8 percent of Anthropology graduates studied full-time postgrad, meanwhile, 5 percent stufy postgrad, while worked part-time.
    Focusing on Anthropology graduates’ earnings, 80 percent of who worked as a freelance consultants have more than 75 thousand dollars of incomes, while the percentages of government employers which recieve this amount of salaries is 70 percent, and this number for private companies is just 55 percent. The percentage of Anthropology graduates who worked for these three types of employment and have incomes between 25 and 50 thousand dollars is only 6 percent.

  4. The pie chart below illustrates what Anthropology graduates studied in one university did after completing their undergraduate degree course. The amounts of income paid to them who fund a job after passing five years are indicated in the table.
    As depicted, although more than half of Anthropologists had a full-time job, eight percent decided to just keep up studding postgrad degree. Fifteen and only five presents worked part-time and both continue their study plus had a part-time job, respectively. However, twelve percent of them have not been hired yet.
    The table demonstrates eighty percent of the freelance consultants were paid more than 75000 dollars, half of whom earned at least 100000 dollars. The government sectors made money as the same as freelance consultants except the income of fifty percent of them was not less than 100000 dollars. The fifty five percent of those taken on private companies earned above 75000 dollars. In comparison, the ten percent of Anthropologies working for private companies made money in the lowest salary bracket of 25000 to 49999 dollars, only five percent of freelance consultants on government sectors did.
    Overall, the majority of Anthropology graduates had a full-time work. The government sectors made money more than the others and half of them earned above 100000 dollars.

  5. Can You review my answer. How much band score will I achieve with this explanation?
    The chart shows the work routine preferred by the anthropology graduates after attending the university. And the Table gives out the information of salaries taken by anthropologists after five years.
    Almost 52% Anthropology graduates choose full time working job as their career. While remaining percentage is divided among different categories. As of salaries are concerned more than 30% graduates earned more $100K after five years.
    It is clear from chart that more than half percentage of graduates prefer full time work. While 15% graduates stuck with part-time job and 5% go for postgrad study along-with part time job. 12% graduates remained unemployed. And almost 8% graduates choose to stick with studies and go for full time postgrad study. While status of 8% graduates is unknown.
    Moving on to the salaries in consideration, around 50% graduates working as government employees earned more than $100000. In comparison the percentage of Freelance Consultant and Private Employees is 40% and 30% respectively. Only 5% graduates earned $25000 to 50000$ working as freelancers or Government employees whereas the percentage for private sector employees is 10%. Remaining percentage earned more than 50000$ whether they are working as freelancers, government employees or private employees.

  6. The pie chart illustrates that what type of job Anthropology students pursued after graduating from the university. The other chart show the income earned by these graduates in three different employment sectors namely (Freelance, Government and, private companies)
    Overall, large number decided to work as full time however, only least continued to study for postgraduate along with the part-time job. Talking about salary graduate who worked alone or in government sector earned good livelihood.
    About half of graduates (52%) opted to work as full time moving on to second type part time work, that makes about 15 % of the graduates which, is slightly greater than the combined of those who enrolled for maters and those whose career is unknown. Whereas, only 12 % work as part-time.
    Initially graduates who worked in private sectors earned double compared to the other two career path which is 10% earning between $25,000 – 49,999 and 35% among ($50,000 – 74,999) other hand reverse can be seen for those who make more than $100,000 were greater for freelancer and government sector (40% and 50% respectively).

  7. Hi Lillie,
    Please review this writing task and score my writing skill.

    The given chart displays the information about what one university graduates do after their graduate study. And the table shows the salaries earned by the involvement in different sectors.
    Overall, 52% of the total were in a full-time job while only 15% worked part-time. 5% were doing post grad study along with part time job, while 8% of total were doing full- time post-grad study and 12% were unemployed. That means most of the graduates were involved in full-time jobs.
    Analyzing the salary of anthropology graduates after five years, the salary range was based on different sectors of employment – freelance consultants, government sectors and private sectors. of the total, 80% of freelance consultants earned at least 80,000 dollars, of which half earned 100,000 15% earned at least 50,000 and 5% earned a least of 25,000 dollars. In the government sector, half of the employees earned 100,000 dollars in minimum. In private companies, most of the employees earned a salary of the range between 50,000-74,999 dollars. 30 % of the total employees earned over 100,000 dollars.
    Thus, the table represents the work and salary earned by one University graduates.

    1. Hi, we are required to write AT LEAST 150 words so it’s okay to write more than 150 words. As you can see, 99.8% of task 1 essays on this site are under 200 words. However, these two charts, especially the table, really have a lot of data. It’s really hard to make the essay shorter than 200 words and at the same time report all the main features.

    2. You DON’T lose score because of extra words. The only drawback of writing too many words is that it may take extra time that you could spend on your task 2.

  8. Hi Lilie! It would be nice if you can comment on my work.

    The pie graph illustrates what Anthropology students did after the conclusion of their university classes. The table chart compares the amount of money earned by the anthropologists after a working-period of five years in different sectors.

    It’s clear from the pie chart that the biggest proportion of graduates had a full-time job, around one student out of two. According to the table, the government sector provided the highest salary : half of the government employers had an income of at least 100,000 dollars.

    Overall, it’s noticeable that just under three quarter of the anthropology students found a work post-graduation. Most of them had a full time work (52%). One fifth of them had a part-time job : among these people a tiny percentage of 5% continued the studies. Less then one tenth of the group did a full time postgraduation study without a job. However a relevant percentage of 20% of the graduated students didn’t find an occupation.

    As the table shows, there were different incomes according to different types of employment. Although in the government sector the 50% of the employers earned a high salary, in the private companies sector money were distributed more equally.

  9. Hi Lilie! It would be nice if you can comment on my work.

    The destination of graduates who finished their Anthropology undergraduate degree course in a university and the salary statistics of Anthropologists after 5 years of their graduation are illustrated.

    Generally, most of the graduates were employed in a full-time job. Most of the Anthropologists who worked as a freelance consultant and employed in the government sector earn more than $75,000 after their 5 years of work. Employees in the private sector generally paid less.

    Most Anthropology graduates, at 52%, are employed in a full-time job , while 15% of them work part time. Some graduates choose to study postgraduate in both full time and part time manner, each accounted for 8% and 5% respectively. Remarkably, 12% of graduates are unemployed after their graduation.

    After working for 5 years after their graduation, a total of 80% of freelance consultants earn at least $75,000, in which half of them earn more than $100,000. Although the same portion of graduates who worked in the government sector earn no less than $75,000, more of them earn more than $100,000, which account for 50% of all Anthropologists who are employed by the government. Anthropologists who work in private companies, however, are paid less. Only 55% of them earn a minimum of $75,000. Only 20% of both freelance and civil workers, while 45% for those employed in the private sectors, received $25,000 to $74,999.


    1. I’m very sorry for the late reply.

      Introduction: no native speaker would write such a long subject like the one in your introduction.

      Tense: You need to use the past simple, not the present simple.

      ✖”were employed in a full-time job”
      Please read the blog post to see how to say it correctly

      ✖”Most Anthropology graduates, at 52%, are employed in a full-time job, while 15% of them work part time.”
      “15% of them” means 15% of the 52%, not 15% of Anthropology graduates. Just say “15% of graduates”. Your last paragraph contains this kind of mistake as well.

      ✖”Some graduates choose to study postgraduate in both full time and part time manner, each accounted for 8% and 5% respectively.”
      Two complete sentences can’t be linked by a comma.

      ✖”Only 20% of both freelance and civil workers, while 45% for those employed in the private sectors, received $25,000 to $74,999.”
      “While” is used to link two complete sentences. Change “while” to “and”.

      I think you can get a 5.5 at the most.

  10. Did undergraduates of a particular university upon completing their course of degree is described in the pie chart while the tabular graph provides data on their income after having worked for 5 years.

    Overall, what is readily apparent is that full-time work is preferred by most of the subjects whereas greater amount of salary is offered by government sectors.

    As for the destinations opted for over a half of the graduates chose full-time job through graduating which for bigger than the proportion of part-time workers standing at 15% . However, 12 percent of them still have not found jobs according to their fields. Continuing postgraduates study accounts for eight percent and this ratio also belongs to the undergraduates about whom the information is limited in the survey “unknown”. Only of the anthropologists are carrying simultaneously both part time work and post graduate course.

    Moving to the salaries paid in three sectors, although some of them have similarities, they differentiates concerning the percentage. Half the workers at the sectors of the government earn more than $100K+. Yet in private companies and freelance consultants, 30 and 40% respectively receive this money as a payment. Five percent of freelance consultants as well as undergraduates working for the government are paid less than $50.000 but private companies’ at least a ten workers are satisfied with that amount.

    1. Sorry for the late reply. Have you read my comments on your last essay? Why did you still write your introduction and overview like this?

      Don’t use words like ‘prefer’ and ‘opt for’. You can’t know from the chart if it’s graduates their own preference or choice. Maybe their parents forced them to choose that path. I suggest you use simpler language and focus on accuracy.

      Also, you omitted way too many data in the table.

  11. Hello, I want to ask about the tenses you used in this writing. Why do you use past tense while the charts do not provide any specific time?
    Kindly wait for your answer. Thank you 🙏

    1. Hi, Riri. The question uses the past tense “did”. It says “the chart below shows what Anthropology graduates from one university DID after…”

    2. Hi Lilie, can I have your comments on my essay, please?
      The chart provided illustrates the type of works anthropology students from one university did right after their bachelor’s degree course. The given table displays the distribution of the graduates in terms of the range of incomes by the type of employment after the five years after finishing the university.
      It is clear that more than half of the graduates were attracted to full-time work, and the salary earned for those who worked in the government sector was the highest.
      Full-time workers accounted for 52% of all graduates, whereas those who employed part-time made up 20% of them. 13% of graduates decided to continue their education, while less than half of them worked part-time. Unfortunately, 12% of graduates could not find a job in any sector, and there is still no information for 8% of studied people.
      Looking more precisely at the table reveals that 80% of graduates who were freelance consultants or worked in the government sector after five years have a salary of more than 75000 dollars annually. However, half of those who worked in the government sector earned more than $100000 a year, which was 10% more than freelance consultants. 45% of those who had jobs in private companies earned less than $74,999, nearly twice the percentage of two other employments in this income range.

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