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Writing practice test 8 possible answer

Task 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The graph shows changes in household waste recycling in the UK.

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

Write at least 150 words.

The graph illustrates the number of kilogrammes of domestic refuse recycled annually per capita in the United Kingdom over a four year period.

In 1999, the average person produced just over 450 kilogrammes of waste per year, of which the vast majority was not recycled, leaving approximately 25 kilogrammes to be reused. The amount of recycled waste increased to about double that amount by 2000. At the same time, there was a slight decline in the amount of unrecycled waste, although waste produced increased to nearly 500 kilogrammes.

Between 2000 and 2002, the pattern of increased recycling and lowered unrecycled waste continued, although the amount of refuse produced did not increase significantly during the period.

Between 2002 and 2003, the amount of recycled waste increased on very slightly, an inverse correlation to the decline in unrecycled refuse. The amount of waste per person declined for the first time during this period.

Overall, it can be seen that despite a slight rise in the amount of waste per person, there was a general increase in the amount of recycling done.

(179 words)

Task 2

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Fewer people are reading books these days.

Therefore we should close all libraries and use the funds for something more urgent like healthcare.

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 an argument to be made that diverting essential resources to areas considered to be more important would be a better use of taxpayers money. However, there would be significant losses if this were to mean the closure of public libraries, as will now be explained.

Primarily, the availability of accessing free resources is of great value to many, especially to people in lower income brackets who may otherwise not be able to afford books. Closure of such facilities would further reduce the number of people who read, and this in turn would have a significant effect on the level of academic ability within a country.
In addition, libraries offer essential research tools to people studying in further education. It is common that in a library, academics can access research journals and other relevant paperwork to pursue their studies, perhaps in areas where their conclusions will be of great benefit to the community.

However, it could be argued that with hospital waiting lists becoming ever longer, that diverting resources to these areas would help. Whilst that is possibly true, libraries offer to many a place of peace and quiet, within which they can relax. Most libraries not only offer books, but also music, internet access and many group and club activities, thus to a large degree allowing them to maintain better health – or at very least, better mental health.

To conclude, it would be inadvisable to close libraries or even to charge for their use. It would perhaps be better to reduce spending in other areas if money is desperately needed for other public services.

(266 words)

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