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IELTS Plus 1 - Writing Practice Test 1

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WRITING TASK 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The graph below shows how money was spent on different forms of entertainment over a five-year period.

Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information shown below.

Write at least 150 words.

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Read the question very carefully.

  • The instructions state that you should 'describe' the information in the  graph. You should NOT speculate about the reasons for the data or give reasons for it.
  • Look carefully at the labels. What do the diagrams represent?
  • Take a minute to plan how you will describe the information. Are there any significant features? Can you compare or contrast any of the data?
  • Think of how best to group the information in the diagram.
  • Write one or two paragraphs, making sure that you cover all the important points.
  • Read through your answer when you have finished and check grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • Check that you have linked your points together well.
  • Make sure you have written enough words. You will not be penalised for writing too much but keep an eye on the time: you will need to leave about 40 minutes for Task 2.

WRITING TASK 2

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Present a written argument or case to an educated non-specialist audience on the following topic:

Under British and Australian laws a jury in a criminal case has no access to information about the defendant's past criminal record. This protects the person who is being accused of the crime.

Some lawyers have suggested that this practice should be changed and that a jury should be given all the past facts before they reach their decision about the case.

Do you agree or disagree? 

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

Write at least 250 words.

TIP

  • Read the question very carefully.
  • Underline key points in the question and make sure your answer is relevant to these.
  • Consider your personal view on the topic. Do you agree, disagree or have an impartial view?
  • Take a minute to plan what you are going to say in your answer. Think of the main idea you will include in each paragraph, then think of some supporting points.
  • Before you start writing, think about how you will introduce the topic. DO NOT copy the question.
  • Include some arguments that are relevant to your own society or personal experience.
  • Clearly state your conclusion. Make sure that you address the question.
  • Read through your answer when you have finished and check grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • Check that you have linked your points together well.
  • Make sure you have written enough words. You will not be penalised for writing more than 250 words but you will not gain extra marks either.

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