The report template! Structure your report

Here I will give you a great structure you can apply to almost any report! Please note, I think the report is more difficult than the other types of activity in your first exam. I think you can see more clearly here how it is difficult:

Example structure:

  • Introduction
  • The purpose of this report is to give an overview of
  • To prepare for this report, I conducted interviews with… / I visited / I discussed the issue with…

Reporting your results (paragraphs 2, 3, …)

  • All those who were interviewed were concerned that…
  • It was commented upon by a number of people we talked to that…
  • A cause of dissatisfaction was…
  • It was reported that
  • All things considered, without hesitation, I would recommend…

Please note, I have also included headings in bold. A report must have headings.

Your English teacher has asked you to write a report on where people can eat out in your area.

You should include the views of visitors and local people, comment on any recent trends and dissatisfaction and make a recommendation.

Write your report

Report 1 – Model answer

Local eating places

The main purpose of this report is to give an overview of the town’s eating facilities. As part of the survey, I conducted interviews with both tourists and local residents were asked their views.

Cafés, pubs and restaurants

It was commented upon by a number of people we talked to that there are good quality restaurants in the area, which cater for most tastes. It was stated that they are also fortunate to have several cafés and sandwich bars, popular in the mornings with young parents and children and with office workers at lunchtime.

Recent trends/Dissatisfaction

It was reported that in recent years most of the fast food restaurants had extended their hours, with most open until midnight. 

A cause of dissatisfaction was that prices had gone up dramatically in some of the better restaurants and, as a consequence, people are going out less than they used to or eating at cheaper restaurants.

Room for improvement/Recommendations

The main area of concern among a number of people interviewed was the lack of vegetarian or vegan meals available in many of the restaurants and it is recommended that restaurants are made aware of this view.