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IELTS Academic Writing Test 3

Task 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
The graph below shows the number of tourists visiting a particular Caribbean island between 2010 and 2017.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant. 

Task 2

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

“In the future, nobody will buy printed newspapers or books because they will be able to read everything they want online without paying. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.”

Write at least 250 words. 



This is an answer written by a candidate who achieved a Band 7.0 score.

The graph displays the statistics of the number at tourists visiting a particular Caribbean island between the years) 2010 and 2017 in the year 2010, there were a quarter of a million visitors that stayed on cruise ships, while another 750000 visitors were staying on island that totals up to a million of visitors during that year. The following year, which is 2011, half a million visitors stayed on cruise ships for the visitors who were staying on the island, the graph doesn’t show and decrease or an increase because the number was the same as the previous year, which is 750000 visitors. Total visitors for that year was I million and a quarter visitors, Moving on, the number of visitors staying on cruise ships decreased to 250000 visitors in the year 2012 while the number of visitors staying on island increased to 1250000 people. This sums up to an amount of 1500000 visitors that year.

In the year 2013, 500000 visitors stayed on cruise ships while 1500000 visitors stayed on island that adds up to 2 million visitors that year. During the next year which is 2014, a total at one million visitors stayed on cruise ships while the same number of visitors staying on island remained consistent which is 1500000 people, totalling up to two million and a half visitors that year. For the year 2015, 1250000 visitors were staying on cruise ships and 1500000 tourists were staying on island, showing no changes from the previous year. The total of tourists in that year increased to 2750000 visitors. The total number of visitors remained the same in the following year which is 2016 where it summed up 1500000 visitors staying on cruise ships and 1250000 visitors staying on island. In the final year. 2017, the number of visitors staying on cruise ships and staying on island increase to three and a half million of visitors. The graph showed an increase of half a million for the number of visitors staying on cruise ships which totals up to two million visitors As for the number of visitors staying on island, the graph also increased for a quarter million which adds up to a total of 1500000 visitors that year.

Through the years, the number of visitors staying on cruise ships showed an unstable increase and decrease for the first four years, but continued to increase in the next year onwards. As for the number of visitors staying on Island, there was no progress of increase or decrease in the first two years which are 2010 and 2011 but the graph rose until it remained constant for three consecutive years in a row. The number of visitors then slacked off in the year 2016, but managed to increase to year before the previous in 2017. All in all, the graph showed an outstanding performance for the total number of visitors throughout 2011 to 2017, where it increased gradually every single year except from 2015 to 2016, where it remained constant.

Here is the examiner’s comment:

This is a full and detailed description of the data contained in the graph, supplemented by a comparison of the variations in the numbers for the two types of visitors (staying on cruise ships or staying on the island). There is a clear overview at the end of the description. Organisation is fairly clear and progresses logically across the time period, although it could be improved by subdividing the rather long second paragraph. The range of vocabulary is wide enough to show some variety of expression [adds up to totals up to] and some use of collocation [three … years in a row]. There is a high level of accuracy in grammatical control, in both simple and complex structures, but there is an omission of a full stop between the first and second sentences and no capital letter to indicate the beginning of the new sentence. 


This is an answer written by a candidate who achieved a Band 6.0 score.

Todays technologies enable us to read book on electronic devices and what’s more, we can store hundreds of thousands of books on devices like Amazon’s kindle e-reader. This makes some people to believe that people will stop printing books and in the future, everything will be digitalized.

Electronic books and newspapers have many advantages. They are easy to use and rech. They can be stored in computers, mobiles, e-readers and in cloud in huge amounts and are available at any time. The cost of manufacturing and printing is completely removed, which reduced their price. Digital book and newspapers also have one very important advantage – they are environmentally friendly. No paper is used to print magazines and books, which means less trees are cut from our forests to produce papers. All of these factors convinced many people that digital versions of books and magazines is more convenient, ethical and cheaper choice

On the other hand, traditional printed books and magazines have existed for centuries and I believe they have created some kind of emotional connection and value for people when a man reads a book and he likes it, he most probably would like to have it in a form of a tangible thing. Books are a form of art, like statues and paintings. You can have a picture of some famous painting, but the painting itself has some intangible value. Magazines and newspapers do not have such a value in themselves.

Based on this, I believe that the amount of books are printed will decrease considerably and maybe even dramatically, however printed, tangible books will still be demanded by many people as they have some aura and value in addition to the things that are written inside.

I do think, though, that there is a big chance magazines and newspapers will move into the online world completely. This is because they are published in huge numbers daily and weekly and monthly and no one needs them after years, Printing so huge amount of articles will demand additional recources and make them less competitive even in terms of price. 

Here is the examiner’s comment:

This is a thoughtful exploration of the topic. The writer considers the advantages of having online materials rather than printed ones, and also examines why printed books may not totally disappear, although other printed materials, such as magazines and newspapers, may become completely digitalised. The score might be improved by further exploration of whether online materials will be free, as cost is mentioned only briefly. Organisation is clear, paragraphing is logical and linking words and phrases guide the reader through the script [All of these factors On the other hand | Based on this). The range of vocabulary is quite varied, with many examples of collocation (electronic devices | Digital book and newspapers environmentally friendly | digital versions traditional printed books | emotional connection and value] with only two spelling errors (rech / reach | recources / resources]. There is a mix of simple and complex sentence structures and these are generally accurate. Some errors do occur [Todays / Today’s to read book(s) I makes some people to believe / makes some people believe digital versions of books … is/are more convenient | Printing so/such a huge amount of articles) but the meaning is still clear. 

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