Mathematical Calculations for Task 1?

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edited April 2019 in IELTS Test
Consider the following IELTS Task 1 question:

Now, read part of a student's response:

On the other hand, Asia which consumes 26.21% of oil resources contributes only about one ninth of this total.

What's wrong here?  

The problem is the mathematical calculation used.  If you make complicated mathematical calculations in your IELTS Task 1 answer, you'll scare the examiner away  ;) .

Avoid (complicated) mathematical calculations.  In general, the following words are suitable for making comparisons:

  • double
  • twofold
  • twice
  • three/four/five times
  • half
  • much more
  • dramatically more/less
Write some sentences using the comparison language above about the Task 1 horizontal bar chart in the box below

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