How to talk about a CAEL Pie Chart in Speaking Task 3

How to talk about a CAEL Pie Chart in Speaking Task 3

When you prepare your response to a CAEL Pie Chart, your focus should be on speaking well, expressing yourself efficiently, and ticking the examiners boxes.

Your examiner will be looking at your organization, vocabulary, phrasing, sentence variety, grammar, and tenses.

Below, you’ll find some tips on how to How to talk about a CAEL Pie Chart in Speaking Task 3, but if you need more help please talk to us about tutoring.

Read and Understand the Question

To understand How to talk about a CAEL Pie Chart in Speaking Task 3, the first thing you need to do is read and internalize the question. The question provides you with a graph and asks you to prepare a short academic presentation.

A typical Pie Chart question looks like this:

These charts show survey results of the priorities of people in two age groups.

Describe and explain the information you see depicted in the graph.

What conclusions can you draw?

How Long Should my Response Be?

As part of familiarizing yourself with How to talk about a CAEL Pie Chart in Speaking Task 3,  you need to know how long your response should be and how much time you have to talk about it. You have about 1 minute to prepare your response, and 2 minutes to talk about it.

You must finish within those two minutes, so it’s a lot easier to get everything in and get a good score if you follow a basic format.

How to Start a Pie Chart Response

When preparing for CAEL Speaking Task 3, it is important that you understand how to formulate your introduction. Your introduction should paraphrase the question so that the examiner knows what you are talking about. 

Your introduction might look like this:

The diagrams reflect the findings of a survey in which people over and under thirty were asked about their priorities.

How to Prepare your Overview

When you prepare your overview, the goal is to provide the examiner with a high-level view of the graph. Imagine that the graph is on the other side of the room, so no details are visible. NONE!

Your overview might look like this:

By describing what mattered to the participants in percentages, the pie charts show that there are both similarities and differences between the two groups.

With your introduction and overview complete, the next thing you need to do is talk about two trends. 

How to Talk about Trend 1

With this Pie Chart, it makes sense to talk about the older group as the first trend and the younger group as the second trend.

Start the paragraph by identifying the trend and then add details that support your statement.

Your presentation about your first trend might look like this:

The older group tended to focus more on achieving financial security and enjoying hobbies than the younger participants. At 25% and 21% respectively these were prioritized by almost half of the over thirties, whereas at 11% for both, less than a quarter of the under thirties thought these mattered much.

How to Talk about Trend 2

With your introduction, overview, and first trend complete, the next thing you need to do is talk about your second trend – the younger group. 

Start the paragraph by identifying the trend and then add details that support your statement.

Your presentation about your second trend might look like this:

The younger group cared more about work and travel than the older survey participants. Almost a quarter of them, 22%, considered travel to be a priority while a similar number, 21%, chose work. This younger group was also more concerned about appearance than the older group, at 18% and 11% respectively.

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How to Draw Concluding Remarks

Your concluding remark may be very much like your overview – just make sure you use different words!

Your concluding remark might look like this:

It is encouraging to see that both groups felt family was a priority. A full 17% of both groups prioritized family over the other options.

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