Writing practice test 4 possible answer

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Task 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The table shows the amount of coal used by different sectors in the UK.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words.


The table given has data concerning the use of coal in Britain from 1975 to 2000, divided into 5 different categories.

The most striking feature is that despite a general rate of decline over the 25 years given, power stations used substantially more coal than all of the other sectors combined. However, this figure fell by almost half from 1980, with nearly 90 million tonnes, down to less than 50 million tonnes by 2000.


A declining rate can also be seen for the use of coal for both domestic and industrial purposes, with the largest drop being from 1975 to 1980. The widest variation between these two sectors was in 1990, when industry accounted for 4.5 million tonnes whereas domestic use stood at only 2.7 million tonnes.

The services sector consumed approximately 1 per cent of the total use in all years except 1975, when the figure was over 3 per cent.

Overall, the use of coal fell by over half in the period given, with power stations being the highest consumer throughout.

(173 words)


Task 2

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Internet access for minors can be dangerous.

Do you agree or disagree?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

You should write at least 250 words.


There is rising concern that being able to surf the World Wide Web poses significant risks to the younger generation, although there are a vast number of positive aspects, as will now be discussed.

In defence of unrestricted internet access, the use of technology as an education tool is undeniable. Through computers, children can be presented with interactive and dynamic learning environments in which play and education can coexist. There are many websites which cater for the younger surfer yet still have a strong educational focus.

In addition, in an age of increasing information technology, the ability to navigate methods of communication as found on the internet is now almost essential for future growth and professional development.

There are, of course, legitimate concerns about what children could potentially be exposed to on the internet. Certain sites show content not suitable for such viewers, and some material is too often freely available even accidentally. There are also more predatory dangers for younger children in chat rooms on online communication.

Not only this, but there are concerns that the sedentary nature of the internet does not motivate children to seek more traditional, healthier pastimes, and may also be adversely affecting their ability to socialise in face to face situation.

In sum, therefore, it is clear that there are advantages and concerns with regards internet access for younger users. The best course of action would seem to be allowing internet access to minors, but under controlled, supervised conditions and with a strict limit to the amount of time given.

(256 words)


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