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Writing Practice Test 1


You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The chart below shows global sales of the top five mobile phone brands between 2009 and 2013.

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.


Write about the following topic. 

Some people prefer to spend their lives doing the same things and avoiding change. Others, however, think that change is always a good thing.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

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


The bar graphs elucidate the number of mobile phone sales made in the world by 5 major companies, namely; Samsung, Apple, Nokia, LG and ZTE from 2009 to 2013.

It is apparent that, the number of sales on Samsung and Apple mobile phones increased while the sales of mobile phones made by Nokia and LG decreased over 5 years. The most popular phones in the world were Samsung and Nokia brands.

The number of mobile phones sold by Samsung and Nokia were highest over the projected periods. The world's demand for Samsung branded mobile phone rose doubled from 200 million to 400 million. Meanwhile, the number of Nokia's mobile phone sold in the world decreased over the projected period, with a slight drop of about 10 million in 2011, to end at above 200 million by 2013.

At the beginning of the period, around 10 million of Apple's mobile phone was sold in the world and it was the lowest figure as ever recorded. In comparison, LG sold more than 100 million mobile phones in the world in 2009. The world's demand for Apple's mobile phone grew significantly at well above 100 million phones by 2013; LG mobile phone sold well below 100 million by 2013. 


Some people always do same things for their entire life, where as others try to learn something out of change. I personally feel that change is always good and doing things routinely may cause problems.

There are some valid reasons why some people feel the need to make significant changes to their lives from time to time. Any new situation can be a learning opportunity and person grows from it. For example, a new job can present new challenges that force the person to acquire new knowledge. Recently, as part of organisational changes, I was asked to move to a new IT team. I knew that it was not an easy thing to work in an entirely new team and on a new technology. I accepted the challenge and within few months I have well adapted to the new environment and learned the new technology. It was very hard, but the sense of achievement was huge.

On the other hand, some people keep on doing the same things repeatedly. This may cause monotony of the work they are doing and eventually they lose interest on the task they are doing which may lead to faults. One of my friends was a typist. He was in that profession for almost 10 years. Initially it was fine, but as the time gone by he lost all his interest in typing and ended up with lots of typos in documents he typed. He changed his profession upon my suggestion and he is very happy now.

Based on my two experiences explained above, I strongly believe that change is necessary for everyone for the interesting and challenging life.

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