Academic Writing Task 1 #15 Bar Charts – Post-School

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The chart below shows the different levels of post-school qualifications in Australia and the proportion of men and women who held them in 1999.

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

Write at least 150 words.


The bar shows the difference between the percentage of females and males in different post- school qualifications in Australia in 1999.

Overall, women had the highest share in two qualifications, while men ranked first in three. The highest figures for women and men were reported in undergraduate diploma and skilled vocational diploma, respectively.

There was a significant difference between the proportions of males and females in skilled vocational diploma, with the former standing first with 90%.

The disparity between the two figures was almost the same in undergraduate diploma and postgraduate diploma. However, while in the former women had the highest share with 70%, men accounted for the largest percentage in the latter with 70%.

Women also ranked first in bachelor’s degree, whereas the share of men was lower by a narrow margin (55% and 45%, respectively). In contrast, in master’s degree, the contribution of females was 2/3 as high as that of males, as the latter was responsible for the largest share with 60%.

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