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Cambridge English: Advanced

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Writing Paper Part 1. Task Type: Essay

Your class has had a discussion about the importance of the Internet in our lives. You have made the notes below:

Reasons why the Internet has become so important:
  • the opportunity it offers to buy and sell online.
  • the ease with which we can keep in contact with friends or relations.
  • its use as a study tool.
Some opinions expressed during the discussion: ul>
  • Social media allows me to stay in contact with family members all over the country.
  • You can shop around, read reviews and get good bargains on the web.
  • The Internet offers me an enormous library to help with my studies.
  • Write an essay discussing TWO of the reasons given for the importance of the Internet. You should explain which reason is most important, giving reasons in support of your answer.

    You may, if you wish, make use of the opinions expressed during the discussion, but you should use your own words as far as possible. (around 220-260 words)

    What you need to do to pass
    Read our checklist first to understand what the examiner is looking for in a good answer.

    Ideas for writing
    Ask yourself the following questions to help you get started:

    • All three reasons are important but decide quickly which two you are going to write about.
    • Make a list of how these two reasons benefit people.
      For example: "You can shop more effectively online", "People are able to maintain contact with people they are rarely able to visit"
    • How would life without the Internet impact on us generally with regards to your chosen reasons.
      For example: "It is difficult to imagine studying or doing research in a world without the Internet ..."
    • What would make ONE of your reasons the most important? The revolutionary impact of e-commerce? The opportunities to learn more flexibly at a time and place of your choosing?

    Drafting and proofreading your work

    You should look at your first draft of the task and decide:

    • Have you answered the question?
    • Is the layout and organisation appropriate?
    • Is the language accurate with a good range of structures?
    • Is the style appropriate and consistent?
    • Will it have a positive effect on the reader?

    If the answer is 'no' to any of these questions then you will need to do some more drafting!



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