Academic IELTS Writing task 1 Sample 35 – Rail transport in four countries in 2007


The table below gives information about rail transport in four countries in 2007.

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

» Write at least 150 words.

IELTS Table 70: Rail transport in four countries, 2007

Sample Answer 1:
The given table data shows the railway route, passenger number and cargo goods carried in Malaysia, Canada, China and UAE in the year 2007. As is observed from the data, Chinese people used the railway system more than the people of other countries but the cargoes carried more goods in Canada among the given countries.

According to the data, 27 million people used rail transports (excluding metro) in China compared to the just 5-6 million railway users in UAE and Malaysia. Only 0.3 million Canadian people used railway transportations in 2007, which was least among the given four countries. The distance passed by passengers who used railway in these four countries was similar to the data provided for the railway passengers in these four countries for the year 2007. Around two thousand km were passed by Chinese people compared to the less than eight hundred km in UAE and Malaysia. As only 0.3 million Canadian people used railway in 2007, the distance passed by each passenger was only 80 km which was the least among the figure given for four countries. Interestingly, the cargos that transported goods carried the highest amount in Canada (over 28 tonnes) though the passengers used railway system lesser than other countries. On an average, all of the given four countries had an average of 21- 28 billion tonnes goods carried through the railway system.

In summary, Chinese people used the railway more than the people of other country and cargo carried more goods in Canada among the given countries.


Sample Answer 2:
The table compares the data of railway networks in four countries, namely- Malaysia, Canada, China and the UAE in the year of 2007. Overall, it is clear that railway was more widely used by Chinese passengers, whereas in Canada, it was used primarily for freighting goods.

Now getting back to the details, a large number of people in China travelled by train, which accounted for 27 million in 2007, dominating that of the other countries. The highest out of four, the average travelling distance of Chinese was approximately three times higher than the corresponding number of Malaysian (770 kilometres). By contrast, rail in Canada carried a vast amount of loads (28.20 tonnes) but a mere 0.3 million travellers. It is also noticeable that railway in Malaysia and UAE shared nearly the same patterns in all three categories. The former served 5.9 million customers in 2007, while that figure for the latter was slightly lower, 5.5 million. Likewise, there was hardly any difference between the amount of freight carried by train in both countries, accounted for 22.2 tonnes and 21.9 tonnes respectively.

[Written by – Valen]