1) Make some factual statements about the data.
Number: Five out of ten
Per cent: Fifty per cent of ….
Make sure you know how to use per cent and percentage.
- Per cent comes after a number.
- Percentage comes after words like the, a, this, that, etc. and is often preceded by an adjective, e.g. A high percentage of customers …
- Both go with the preposition of.
- Common error! Nearly 30 percentage of the book were new. X When writing numbers or percentages, use words up to the number ten, e.g. eight per cent, and then figures, e.g. 12 per cent. However, always write a number at the beginning of a sentence in words, e.g. Twelve per cent …
Fractions: A third of the
2) Make some general observations using the same data
The most… The most common mean of transport
The second most
The third most
The least … The least common method of transport
The majority of
A large number of
Most people enjoy …
3) Describe trends
a) Nouns: a rise; an increase; a surge; a growth
Verbs: to rise; to increase; to surge; to grow
Phrases: to show an upwards trend
Nouns: a fall; a drop; a decline; a dip
Verbs: to fall; to drop; to delcine; to dip