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Writing Task IELTS

Writing Practice
Writing Practice Test 2
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
The table below shows consumer preferences for the features of
automatic washing machines in different countries.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main
features, and make comparisons where relevant.
You should write at least 150 words.
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
The private motor vehicle has greatly improved individual freedom of
movement. Moreover, it has become a status symbol. Its use, though,
has impacted negatively on city centres as a whole.
What are some serious problems brought about by private motor
vehicle use? How can its use be reduced?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from
your own knowledge or experience.
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You should write at least 250 words.
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The table shows the kinds of automatic washing machine features consumers
prefer in four European countries. Overall, each country favours a different
style and spin speed. The latter feature ranges from 850 rpm for the Germans,
800 rpm for the Swedes, 700 rpm in the United Kingdom (UK) to 600 rpm in
Consumers in Germany and Sweden share the same preferences as to shell
dimensions (34" & wide), drum material (stainless steel), capacity (6 kilos) and
washing action (tumble). By comparison, the British and French prefer a 34" &
narrow shell, an enamel drum, a 5-kilo capacity and an agitating action,
Only the UK wants a top loader, while the remaining three countries favour
front loading. In terms of a water-heating system, only the Swedes and British
desire this feature. However, each country has a different preference for styling
features: the British favouring an inconspicuous appearance, the Germans
requiring a machine which looks indestructible, the French an elegant machine
and the Swedes a strong-looking machine.
(169 words)
The private motor vehicle today provides a freedom which people in the past
could only dream about. It allows travelling swiftly, and usually safely, over
roads which have been built to accommodate cars. People can display their
wealth by driving a car which may cost as much as another person’s home.
There is no doubt, however, that there are some negative aspects of car use
which need to be addressed.
There are several major problems which can be identified with car use in cities
today. One of the most serious would be car emissions polluting the
atmosphere. This would be followed by the sheer number of cars blocking
roads and choking cities.
The car is only desirable if it can be used easily. City councils might begin by
reducing access to parking spaces and simultaneously increasing the quality
and availability of public transport.
Cars could be banned from certain parts of the city, thus forcing people to
walk, cycle or use public transport.
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The expense of buying and running a car can be raised. If the motorist is faced
with a high purchase price, high road tax, high insurance premiums and
substantial fines, he or she may reconsider the purchase. A corresponding
reduction in the price of public transport would help this financial argument
against car ownership.
Neither of these arguments will sway the super rich who can afford the status
cars, but it would perhaps encourage them to look at other ways of
demonstrating their wealth. Irrespective of how this is done, reducing the
number of cars on the road will reduce the problems of pollution
and congestion which can bring cities to a standstill.
(276 words)
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