Step 1 – Paraphrase the general statement in your first paragraph Step 2 – Write an overview: Pick out 3 or 4 of the main features and write about them generally, without any data Step 3 – Support the main features you included in your overview with detail. This should be a separate paragraph using accurate data from the graph Step 4 – Check your work. Make sure that you have no grammar or spelling mistakes, accurate data and a wide range of vocabulary.
Example of an answer: The graph shows oil production capacity for several Gulf countries between 1990 and 2010. The graph compares shifts in the oil production capacity in millions of barrels per day in six countries from 1990 to 2010. Overall, it is clear that oil production capacity increased in all countries over the period shown. However, the most dramatic rise was seen in Saudi Arabia, which rose more than any of the other countries. In 1990, Saudi Arabia produced well above 8 million barrels per day, and this rose significantly to a little above 12 million barrels per day in 2005 before soaring to just above 14 million barrels per day by the year 2010. In contrast, the lowest oil producing nation was Qatar at under 1 million barrels per day throughout the given years although there was a modest increase in 2000. Oil production capacity in Iran increased gradually from about 3 million barrels per day to well above 4 million barrels per day in 2010. Although the production of oil in UAE, Kuwait and Iraq tended to rise between 1990 and 2010, their production capacities reached under 4 million barrels per day by the year 2010. (181 words)