Complete IELTS 1 - Writing Practice Test 2

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WRITING TASK 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The table below shows information about travelling to work in one US city.

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

average

distance

[miles]

average

time

[minutes]

average

speed

(mph)

car (1 person)

17

33

31

car (more than 1 person)

24

42

34

cycle/walk

4

20

10 (cycle) 3 (walk)

train/bus

23

49

28

Write at least 150 words. 

WRITING TASK 2

Write about the following topic.

In the past, most people lived in small villages where everyone knew everyone else.

Nowadays, most people live in large cities where they only know a few people in their area.

What do you think were the advantages and disadvantages of living in a small community?

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

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SAMPLE WRITING TASK 1

The table gives information about different means of transport which people use to reach their work in one city in the US.

People who use public transport or share a car travel the great distance, on average 23 or 24 miles, while cyclists and pedestrians have the shortest journey - just 4 miles. By comparison, car drivers without passengers travel an average of 17 miles People travelling on trains and buses spend the longest time commuting to work because it takes them 49 minutes on average. Walkers and cyclists take the least time, because they get to work in about 20 minutes.

Cars tend to be the fastest way of travelling. People going together by car have an average speed of 34 mph and people driving alone have an average of 31 mph. Walking is the slowest at 3 mph. Overall, for long distances, the quickest way to travel is to share a car, but for short distances, walking or cycling is the best.

SAMPLE WRITING TASK 2

Until recently, the majority of people lived in the village where they were born. However, now people tend to live in large cities and, as a result, the way people live has changed.

There were a number of benefits to living in a small village. Firstly, people knew each other and, in the village my grandparents came from, everyone spoke to everyone else, so no one ever felt lonely. Secondly, there was always someone to look after the children and to teach them good behaviour, so children grew up being polite and respectful. Also, they could play safely in the street, and there was little crime. It was a simple life, but everyone was happy.

However, there were a number of disadvantages. The nearest primary school was in the next village and the nearest secondary school in a town some miles away. This meant that most children did not get a good education, and most people had to work in agriculture. If young people were ambitious, they had to move away from the village, and few people had the chance to do this. Also,  when someone was ill, it was a long way to the nearest hospital.

All in all, I think people from my grandparents’ generation were happier. However, in the modern world, with all the possibilities which exist today, I think it is a pity to be limited to a small village. Nowadays, there are more advantages to living in a large city.

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