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Mock Test March 2017 - Writing Practice Test 2

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WRITING TASK 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The diagram below shows how solar panels can be used to provide electricity for domestic use.

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

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

Write at least 150 words.

WRITING TASK 2

Write about the following topic. 

Few people devote time to hobbies nowadays. Say why you think this is the case and what effect this has on the individual and society in general. 

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

SAMPLE WRITING TASK 1

The picture illustrates the process of producing electricity in a home using solar panels.

It is clear that there are five distinct stages in this process, beginning with the capture of energy from sunlight. The final two steps show how domestic electricity is connected to the external power supply.

At the first stage in the process, solar panels on the roof of a normal house take energy from the sun and convert it into DC current. Next, this current is passed to an inverter, which changes it to AC current and regulates the supply of electricity. At stage three, electricity is supplied to the home from an electrical panel.

At the fourth step shown on the diagram, a utility meter in the home is responsible for sending any extra electric power outside the house into the grid. Finally, if the solar panels do not provide enough energy for the household, electricity will flow from the utility grid into the home through the meter.

SAMPLE WRITING TASK 2

In today's world we spend most of our time as adults either on work or on household activities. We hardly spend any time on our hobbies due to our busy lifestyles.

Hobbies are essentially activities that gives us peace of mind, motivation and stimulate's our creative side. Hobby could be anything from playing a sport or cooking or any art work like painting, craft work, dancing or even as simple as listening music or reading. Doing an activity that takes you away from your stress is a hobby.

There are a number of reasons for people not giving enough time to such activities. One of the main reason is busy and hectic schedule for most of the working people. Not just working people even students today do not take up hobbies either due to study load or sometimes the way they are being brought up. Kids today spend more time in front of their laptops, ipads, smartphones or TV's. To a certain extent parents are also responsible for kids not taking interest in extracurricular activities. All parents want their kids to score more marks in exams rather than getting a medal or certificate in other activities like sports or cultural activities. As a result, children spend more time in tuition classes than on playground.

Another important reason is that we are so busy and stressed in our day-to-day life and chores that whatever free time we get, we just want to sit and relax. Also, with rising cost sometimes it is difficult to enroll or engage ourselves in hobby classes.

As discussed earlier, hobbies help us destress and relax. This inturn helps in having a healthy mind. A healthy mind is a source of positive thinking and creative thoughts. When people do not indulge in extra activities, their creativity takes a backseat and life becomes dull and mundane. Certain hobbies like playing sports makes us physically fit. People today are less fit and creative. When people do not go out, the networking and connection among the humans also get affected.

Thus, after slicing and dicing the topic I have come to a conclusion that it is very important to pursue a hobby as it not only helps an individual, but also helps people connect with each other which would benefit society as whole.

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