IELTS Listening – Ted Ed No.10

Here’s another video which could loosely be categorized under any of the IELTS sections on this site. It doesn’t talk about any one particular topic but it’s greatest strength lies in the fact that it is full of data – tables, charts, and graphs – similar to ones you would expect to find in IELTS Writing Task 1. For that reason, I’m going to categorize this video as a must-watch. 🙂 Don’t just watch the video, get the most out of ted-ed – develop your listening skills, note down some useful vocabulary, and answer the questions along with the video.


The good news of the decade?

Hans Rosling displays 10 years of UN data in visually delicious charts and graphs, showing front-page worthy, mostly unreported good news.


Which piece of information did you find the most important? Share your ideas in the comments below.

IELTS Writing Task 1: Understanding charts and graphs (Part 7)

Here are the answers to the questions about the Writing Task 1 table a couple of days ago.

In case you missed it, here is the link to the post with the questions. You can see the table there too. Answering these questions will really help you in understanding how to analyze the data in the chart correctly. And you know that analyzing data is crucial to writing a good, meaningful description.


  1. T / F / NG
  2. The table shows the percentage of people in USA who use the Internet between January 2012 and March 2013 .
    T / F / NG
  3. The table shows change over time (dynamic).
    T / F / NG
  4. The use of the iPhone as a way to access the internet fluctuated somewhat during this period.
    T / F / NG
  5. Generally speaking, the use of smartphones and tablets to surf the web nearly doubled in this period.
    T / F / NG
  6. Windows smartphones were not very popular among US citizens in 2012-2013
    T / F / NG
  7. Android smartphones were more popular than tablets using the same operating system as a means of accessing the internet.
    T / F / NG
  8. The use of traditional devices to browse the internet saw a steep decline in this period.
    T / F / NG

What was your score? Which sentences were difficult for you? Ask your questions in the comments below.