Model Answer For Describing Image (Table) – PTE Academic Speaking

Describe Image (Table) – You are required to study the Table for 25 seconds and record your answer in 40 seconds.

This is a long answer item type that assesses speaking skills and requires test takers to describe an image from an academic source such as a graph, map, chart, table or picture.

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1. Look at the table below and describe it in 40 seconds.


The table shows the portion of national expenditure of 5 countries in three different categories – food, clothing & education in 2002. In terms of food/drinks/tobacco, & education/leisure Turkey spent the most, while in terms of clothing/footwear, Italy spent the most. Overall, all countries – Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Italy, Ireland spent most on food/drinks/tobacco & lowest expenditure was on leisure/ education.


2. Look at the table below and describe it in 40 seconds.

The given table shows data on underground railway system in six metropolitan cities namely: London, Paris, Tokyo, Washington DC, Kyoto and Los Angeles. Tokyo railway has the largest passenger using the system & Kyoto railway has the smallest passenger base. Overall, it can be inferred from the presentation that most of the early built and longest rail routes have significantly higher number of passengers, compared to modern and short length transit systems.

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3. Look at the table below and describe it in 40 seconds.

The table shows the number of children born to women aged 40–44 years in Australia in 1981, 1986, 1996 and 2006. Overall, by age 40-44 years, the proportion of women who have had three or more children has fallen considerably since the 1980s, while the proportions who have had no children, or only one or two children has increased. To conclude, we say that women in Australia are preferring one child or two children at most.

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  • The given table illustrate children born to women age 40-44 in Australia since 1981.The portion of women who had three or more children have fallen significantly since 1980s. Whereas the portion of women who had only one or two children has gradually increasing. Here as we can say that women in Australia prefer to one or two children.

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