Mock Test 8 | Academic Writing Task 1


You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.


The graph and table give information about water use worldwide and water consumption in two different countries.

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


Write at least 150 words.



Water consumption in Brazil and Congo in 2000



Irrigated land

Water consumption per person


176 million

26,500 km2


Democractic Republic of Congo

5.2 million

100 km2

8 m3



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    The graph shows how the amount of water used worldwide changed between 1900 and 2000.

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    Throughout the century, the largest quantity of water was used for agricultural purposes, and this increased dramatically from about 500 km³ to around 3,000 km³ in the year 2000. Water used in the industrial and domestic sectors also increased, but consumption was minimal until mid-century. From 1950 onwards, industrial use grew steadily to just over 1,000 km³, while domestic use rose more slowly to only 300 km³, both far below the levels of consumption by agriculture.


    The table illustrates the differences in agricultural consumption in some areas of the world by contrasting the amount of irrigated land in Brazil (26,500 km²) with that in the D. R. C (100 km²). [Crack IELTS with Rob] This means that a huge amount of water is used in agriculture  in Brazil, and this is reflected in the figures for water consumption per person: 359 m3, compared with only 8 m3 in Congo. With a population of 176 million, the figures for Brazil indicate how high agricultural water consumption can be in some countries.


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