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Recent Exam Question in IELTS Writing Task 2 – Essay (Internet Replace Books)

Recent Exam Question in IELTS Writing Task 2 – Essay (Internet Replace Books)

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Let’s try to solve a recent exam question that appeared in IELTS writing task 2. Below is the question which you have to complete in at least 250 words and you can take 40 minutes for this task. Read the question carefully and answer accordingly:


Nowadays, for many people, the Internet is replacing regular books. What do you think will happen in the future and what is your opinion about this trend?


Now, compare your response to this IELTS writing task 2 with the following sample answer:

Sample Answer:

In this digital world, a number of people are found using the internet rather than reading books. It is due to the vast development in technology which is even taking more shapes into mobile platforms in the future, diminishing the book reading habits though not completely. Other than computers, devices such as mobiles or tablets are likely to be more prevalent.

To begin with, internet technology has greatly overpowered the physical resources such as books. Students are nowadays found studying online through educational websites and attending classes using software such as Skype. For example, a student likes to search a particular term in Google such as robotics, genetics or others to find all the relevant information in no time. On the other hand, books are merely used for references by today’s youngsters who actually like to spend more time using computers and studying with video tutorials or audio files in an e-learning environment rather than studying books.

Further to this, with the increasing advancement in the field of technology, it is likely that there could be a drastic shift from learning on computer to studying on mobile, and this would reduce the habit of reading books but not completely. The craze of using mobile apps can be well seen as every child is carrying a smart phone to use apps for various learning needs. For instance, if anyone needs to use dictionary, he uses dictionary apps which are available both offline and online.

On the whole, I believe that the internet would continue to be dominating over books but a noticeable thing is that there could be a slight shift in the devices used for accessing the internet to study, from computers to mobile applications.

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Let us discuss some tips on this IELTS writing task 2 related to internet and books.

Useful Tips:

You may include the following sentence connectors to link ideas:


In this digital world/to begin with/ on the other hand/ further to this/moreover/apart from this/for example/for instance/on the whole

Using wide range of vocabulary is a key to get good band score. Hence, you may use the following words or phrases for this IELTS writing task 2:


Related to internet:
Popularity/prevalent/revolutionizing/increasing/growing/progressing/rising/vast development in technology/e-learning environment/advancement/digital resource/e-books/virtual books/digital books/soft copy
Related to books:
Physical resources/references/replacement of books/ordinary books/textual books/regular books/tangible books/print material/hard copy
For making comparison or highlighting features:
Overpowered/drastic shift/dominating/noticeable thing/relevant information/rather than/as compared to/in comparison to/better/much/more



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