The key to describing tables is to look at the row and column in general. Biggest and smallest numbers must be included in the report, and other numbers, if not remarkable, can be ignored.


Introduction: paraphrase the rubric


  • Compare numbers in rows (lunch and dinner): Sales from dinner were always higher than lunch.
  • Compare numbers in columns (Monday to Sunday): Sales on weekdays (Mon – Fri) were much higher than the weekend (Sat – Sun)

Detail paragraph 1:

Report numbers from Mon to Fri:


Detail paragraph 2:32

Report numbers on the weekend:

There are only 4 numbers in this table, so you can include all of them in your paragraph.

Sample answer

The table gives data about the profit that a restaurant in a business area made from 2 main meals during the second week of October in the year of 2010. It can be seen that the sales from dinner were much higher than those from lunch during the examined period.

From Monday to Friday, the profit was the lowest on Thursday, at only 2375$ in comparison with the highest figure on Wednesday, at nearly 2600$. Meanwhile, customers spent the least amount of 3445$ on dinner on Wednesday compared to the other days of the week and 4350$ on Friday, which was the highest number in the category.

At the weekend, the difference in the sales between lunch and dinner was almost 1000$. While the money gain from lunch on Saturday was only 1950$, the figure for dinner was 2900$. Dinners coming to the restaurant on Sunday spent 1550$ and lunch and dinner respectively.