IELTS 8 - Writing Practice Test 2

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You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The three pie charts below show the changes in annual spending by a particular UK school in 1981,1991 and 2001.

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

Write at least 150 words.


You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Nowadays the way many people interact with each other has changed because of technology.

In what ways has technology affected the types of relationships people make? Has this become a positive or negative development?

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

Write at least 250 words.



The given three pie charts depict the amount spent by a school in UK annually for the years 1981, 1991 and 2001.

As is observed from the pie charts, teachers’ salaries accounted for the highest percentage for both the years and insurance had the smallest proportion of money spent by the UK school in both three selected years.

In 1981, 40% of the total school spending was used for teachers’ salaries and it has increased to 50% of the total amount in 1991. In 2001, the percentage dropped a little, which was 45% which was 5% higher than that in 1981. The money spent on other workers’ salaries decreased gradually from 1981 to 2001. It was initially 28% in 1981, declined to 22% in 1991 and eventually dropped to 15% in 2001.

The spending on furniture and equipment and resources such as books were the same in 1981, which was 15% of the total amount. Whereas in 1991, there was more money spent on resources than furniture and equipment, that were 20% and 5% respectively, but the reverse is true for the year 2001. 23% of the spending was for the purpose of buying furniture and equipment and only 9% of the amount for resources like books. Starting from the year 1981 to 2001, the amount spent on insurance increased steadily. Only a small proportion of money allocated for insurance in 1981, which was 2 %, increased to 3% in 1991 and 8% in 2001.


It is true that technology in recent years has altered the path that people communicate with each other. There are many ways that technology affects our relationships, and in my opinion, this is a beneficial development.

To begin with, the most obvious transformation in people relationships is how they communicate with each other. By this, I mean that the Internet has converted the world into a small village and nowadays people around the world can reach each other easily and rapidly. For example, a friend who lives in the UK can chat and talk with their friends in china using a mobile phone or social network.

Another field in which technology affects our life is the way that people make friends. In other words, it has been observed that these days we can make friends from all nationalities without any effort or spending money and this helps with culture interchange and help people who suffer.

In my thought, this is a positive impact to the community for two reasons. Firstly, human life has become more convenient, this provides people with more opportunity to spend their leisure time with their kin. For instance, with the Internet, we can shop and work from our dwelling house without going outside anymore. Secondly, travel around the globe has become usable and cheap. As a result, people visiting each other and spend a lot of time together hence more connected society emerges.

To conclude, as we have found out there is no easy answer to this question. Nevertheless, technology makes a huge difference to peoples' lives in term of communication and I believe that this is a positive impact in our society.

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