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Percentages in Task 1 (Academic)

When describing data in Task 1 (Academic Module), you will need to show the examiner that you can use a range of different expressions rather than just repeatedly copying percentages. Having other ways to express percentages in Task 1 will give you a much better report.

Percentages in Task 1 For example, writing this in your Task 1 report would not get a good result (NOTE: there is no graph for this – it is only an example).

In 2012, UK sales rose by 10% to 32% of the total, but by the following year this trend had reversed, with sales falling by 12% to reach a low of only 20% of all sales.


However, you could express the same information like this:

In 2012, UK sales rose by 10% to almost one third of the total, but by the following year this trend had reversed, with sales falling by over one tenth to reach a low of only one fifth of all sales.

IMPORTANT NOTE: what we are looking at here is using a RANGE of constructions. You should use SOME exact data in your description.

Use the table below to help avoid repeating the same constructions:

5%One twentieth
 8-9% Just under a tenth / slightly below one tenth
 10%One tenth / a tenth
 20%One fifth  / a fifth
 25% One quarter / a quarter
 30-32% Just under one third / slightly below a third
 33%One third/a third
 34-35%Just over one third / slightly more than a third
 40%Two fifths
48-49%Nearly half / almost a half / slightly below one half
50%One half / a half / half
51-53%Just over one half/ slightly more than a half
60%Three fifths
64-65%Almost two thirds / Just under two thirds
66%Two thirds
73-74%Nearly three quarters / almost three quarters
75%Three quarters
80%Four fifths
98-99%Nearly all
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