The Graph Below Shows the Number of Tourists Visiting a Particular Caribbean Island

Lilie King

Lilie King

Scored a 7 on the Writing Test Twice

The graph below shows the number of tourists visiting a particular Caribbean island between 2010 and 2017.

This essay question is from Cambridge IELTS 15 Test 2 Writing Task 1.

Number of tourists visiting a Caribbean island (2010-2017)

the graph below shows the number of tourists visiting a particular Caribbean island

Sample Essay

The line graph displays how many tourists visited a certain Caribbean island between 2010 and 2017.

Overall, the island’s total visitor count rose steadily almost every year over the 7 years. Starting in 2016, more visitors stayed on cruise ships than on the island; before that, the reverse was true.

The total number of arrivals on the island went up gradually from 1 million in 2010 to roughly 2.75 million in 2015. It then stayed at this level in 2016 until it rocketed to 3.5 million in 2017.

The volume of visitors who stayed on the island stood at about 0.75 million in 2010 and 2011. It then increased consistently before reaching a plateau of 1.5 million which lasted from 2013 to 2017 except for a small dip in 2016.

There were far fewer tourists staying on cruise ships in 2010, at only around 0.25 million. After some fluctuations over the following 2 years, the number started climbing steadily, overtaking the number of those staying on the island in 2016 and reaching 2 million in 2017.

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How to Vary Your Language

When writing your essay, you will definitely use ‘number of tourists’ multiple times.  Pay attention to how I used ‘visitor count’, ‘number of arrivals’, and ‘volume of visitors’ to avoid repetition.

How to Write the Overview

To score a 7, You must summarise at least two key features.
For a line graph, of course, we need to summarise general trends: all three lines showed an overall upward trend.

But, this is not enough. We need another key feature. Remember, the question asks us to make comparisons. So we can compare the second line with the third line, and say whose figures were bigger: before 2016, the second line got bigger figures; however, starting in 2016, the third line got bigger ones.

How to Avoid Giving Too Much Detail

When writing about the second line, don’t say its figures first remained stable, then increased, then remained stable again, then decreased, then increased again. This is too detailed. The question only asks us to report the main features. So, for the trends from 2013 to 2017, we can simply say the figures remained stable, and then point out the small drop in 2016.

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6 Responses

  1. The line graph provides infprmation about the amount of tourits is in the millions who stayed two different places in the Caribean island from 2010 to 2017. It reveals significant similarities and differnces. Overall, it is indicated that the total visitor count had gradually inclined the thruogh out of the time period.
    According the graph, in 2010 visitors who stayed on island had started jus 0.75 millions and it remained stable to 2011. On the other hand visitors who stayed on cruise ships had slightly climbed up to 0.5 millions.
    As well as, the graph gives the figure from 2011 to 2013 the number of tourists stayed on island had gradually went up 1.5 millions and then it remained constantly end of the year 2015. While, that period number of visitors stayed on cruise ships rose distinctively near 1.5 millions except 2011-2012.
    In addition, number of passangers reached to peak at 2 millionin 2017 and other volume of visitors indicated fluctuation following 2 years.

  2. The line chart compares the number of vacationers visiting a particular Caribbean island from 2010 to 2017.

    It is clear that the total number of visitors to this island increased steadily over the period shown. Furthermore, more visitors preferred to stay on the island compared to sailing before the middle of 2015,after that, the reverse was true.

    In 2010, the total number of holidaymakers was about 1 million. Look at the figure in detail, there were around 0.75 million people stay the island, while only 0.25 million travellers chose to stay on cruise ships. Over the following 5 years, the number of vacationers staying on the cruise ships increased steadily, except for a small drop of 0.25 million between 2011 and 2012, whereas the figure for island staying people stay stable, except for a jump of 0.75 million from 2011 to 2013, to 1.5 million at the early time of 2013, followed by a level off over the next two years before 2015.
    After the beginning of 2015, the number of visitors on the visiting ships still went up, to 2 million at the early of 2017 compared to a fluctuate of 0.25 million in the volume of land visitors between 2015 and 2017, finally to 1.5 million again at the beginning of 2017. The total visitor count soared after 2016, to 3.5 million in 2017.

  3. I want to ask what are a type of tenses I should use? I know that we need to use a variety of verbs what could you help me to know which ones to use as a rule of thumb so that I start try inserting them in my writings

    1. You should use the simple past tense to answer this line graph question. I don’t recommend memorizing a list of verbs and inserting them in your essays because every essay task is different.

  4. Thanks, I learned new things from this essay and the tips under it. (especially about varying the words we use)

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