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.

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 |