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[Simone C] Writing Practice Test 1014222

Task 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The chart and table below give information about population figures in Japan.

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

You should write at least 150 words.

Writing task 1

The bar graph shows how the number of people living in Japan has been changing since 1950 up to present time and how is expected to evolve in the future until 2055. In addition, the table illustrates the figures of 65s and over in 1950, 2005 and the projections for 2035 and 2055.

Overall, we can see that the total population increased quiet slowly from 1950 to 2005, before starting to decrease constantly and this trend is expected to continue also in the future. At the same time, an increase of the average age has been reported.

In 1950, data tells that the total population was about 84.1 million, and people aged 65 and over accounted for 4.9%, which corresponded to a value of 4.1 people. Then after a steady growth, in 2005 figures improved, hitting the highest point at 127.8 million. Beside that, also a consistent increase of the number of people aged 65s and over has been reported, in particular they reached the proportion of 20% of the population.

From this moment, population started to decline, and the graph suggests that in 2055 Japaneses will reach the number of 89.9 million, even with a highest percentage of 65s (41%).

Task 2

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic.

Psychologists have known for many years that colour can affect how people feel. For this reason, attention should be given to colour schemes when decorating places such as offices and hospitals.

How true is this statement?

How far does colour influence people’s health and capacity for work?

You should write at least 250 words.

Writing task 2

Many researches have been reporting for a long time how colours influence our feelings and emotions. As a consequence, some argue that the use of colours should be careful in workspaces or hospitals, where specific choices may have an effect on the quality of work or the ability of people of recovery. In this essay, I will discuss about this idea, giving reasons about how this aspect can be very important.

First, the concept expressed by psychologists or others experts in these studies has been probably experienced by everyone at least one time, for example during a dark evening of winter or when entering in a room with wall painted with bright colours. In general, colours like grey, blue or violet can affect our emotions in a negative way, while tones in the range of red, orange or yellow may have an opposite effect.

Even this aspect may seem not so relevant, actually we can see how colours are used to express messages in advertisment or signals that warns about a danger. Seeing a red alert can give a stronger perspection of hazard than reading the same concept in a text, so I think that the general statement is true and the same concept can be extended to other contexts such as the decorations in a office or the colours in a hospital room. From my experience, I prefere studying in a space that trasmitts positive vibes because in this way my mindset is ready to face long hours of work and probably colours help to stay awake. In a hospital, colours can have a therapeutic effect, influencing positively patients and helping them in their process of recovery for the same reasons.

In conclusion, I believe that the environment in which we live and work is important and colours play an important role.

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