WRITING TASK 1：
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
* The charts below show US spending patterns from 1966 to 1996.
* Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
You should write at least 150 words.
The piecharts show changes in American spending patterns between 1966 and 1996.
Food and cars made up the two biggest items of expenditure in both years. Together they comprised over half of household spending. Foodaccounted for 44% of spending in 1966, but this dropped by two thirdsto 14% in 1996. However, the outlay on cars doubled, rising from 23% in 1966 to 45% in 1996.
Other areas changed significantly. Spending on eating out doubled, climbing from 7% to 14%. The proportion of salary spent on computersincreased dramatically, up from 1% in 1996 to 10% in 1996. However, as computer expenditure rose, the percentage of outlay on books plunged from 6% to 1%.
Some areas remained relatively unchanged. Americans spentapproximately the same amount of salary on petrol and furniture in both years.
In conclusion, increased amounts spent on cars, computers, and eating out were made up for by drops in expenditure on food and books.
account for, hold, make up, take up, constitute, comprise, represent
percentage，proportion, share, 某些情况下可以用rate ，如literacy rate
the majority of, most of, a considerable number of, a minority of , just over…, slightly more than…/less than…, nearly half… 等
分数与百分比的转化：one third, two fifths，one tenth
常见表达：a quarter, a half…………