Loading please wait

The smart way to improve grades

Comprehensive & curriculum aligned

Try an activity or get started for free

Understand Bar Charts

In this worksheet, students will practise reading bar charts.

'Understand Bar Charts' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Year:  GCSE

GCSE Subjects:   Maths

GCSE Boards:   AQA, Eduqas, Pearson Edexcel, OCR,

Curriculum topic:   Statistics

Curriculum subtopic:   Statistics Interpreting and Representing Data

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

What is a bar chart?

Bar charts are a method of displaying data where the height of the bar tells you how much each category is worth.


The significant points on a bar graph.

There are four things that a examiner will look for when a bar graph is drawn:


1) The width of each bar must be the same.

2) There must be a gap between each bar and it must be the same size gap each time.

3) With the scales  - frequency (how often something occurs) must go up the side, and the other category along the bottom. The categories for the bottom scale must be written under the middle of each bar.

4) Each axis must have a label.



The scores for a class in a maths test are shown below:


A bar chart


How many pupils are in the class?

All we have to do for this one is work out what each bar on the chart is worth. This is given by reading off the height on the side.

2 + 3 + 5 + 8 + 6 = 24


Let's move on to some questions now.

What is EdPlace?

We're your National Curriculum aligned online education content provider helping each child succeed in English, maths and science from year 1 to GCSE. With an EdPlace account you’ll be able to track and measure progress, helping each child achieve their best. We build confidence and attainment by personalising each child’s learning at a level that suits them.

Get started

Try an activity or get started for free

  • National Tutoring Awards 2023 Shortlisted / Parents
    National Tutoring Awards 2023 Shortlisted
  • Private-Tutoring-WINNER-EducationInvestor-Awards / Parents
    Winner - Private Tutoring
  • Bett Awards Finalist / Parents
  • Winner - Best for Home Learning / Parents
    Winner - Best for Home Learning / Parents