Mock Test 11 | Writing Task 2


You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:


Some people think that printed books are no longer necessary in this digital era as all writings can be stored electronically. Others think that printed books still play important roles.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.


Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.



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    Reference answer


    Reading has a key role to play in people’s relaxation. Sure enough, it is not rare to see that the enormous popularity of electronic equipment, such as iPhone and Ipad, keeps on soaring. Many people prefer to read e-books rather than traditional paper books. [Crack IELTS with Rob] Hence, people differ greatly in their views as to whether or not the printed books will be still of great necessity. As I see it, paper books could never be substituted because of their unique merits.


    Primarily, although it is easy to acquire and utilize e-books, it is far from easy, for millions of people, to change their deeply-rooted habits of reading paper books. More precisely, numerous people insist on perusing paper books in a traditional way because they can take notes in the blank of a page. [Crack IELTS with Rob] A hard truth can justify my stand. Traditional books used to be predicted to be supplanted by new technologies such as the Internet or smart phones in the past several decades, however, this prediction has never been realized until now. Similarly, traditional books will not vanish solely due to e-reading.


    What I would like to add is that a newly published book or magazine could best stimulate one’s reading impulse for the simple reason that a great many readers enjoy the fragrance of paper book and can feel the sense of ownership when holding a book. [Crack IELTS with Rob] Unlike using e-books, which is just a sort of fast-food reading, traditional reading enables people to have in-depth thinking and thus enhance their literacy.


    Indeed, there must be some reasons accounting for the popularization of e-reading. Seen from the positive aspects, e-books not only provide words, illustrations, and pictures that traditional books have, but also add sounds, moving images, and cartoons that printed books cannot offer. [Crack IELTS with Rob] Another merit of e-books is that they can be eco-friendly because less paper will be needed. Last, electronic libraries can both save more space and store more information.


    To sum up, it is my view that under no circumstances can we ignore the immense value of print books and magazines. Printed books and e-reading are not mutually exclusive, for they enjoy respective merits. Therefore, both of them will co-exist, e-books can be a beneficial alternative to traditional books.

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    Collocations and Idioms:

    1. Keep on soaring: continue to increase

    2. Still of great necessity: still needed

    3. Change their deeply-rooted habits: change the habits that they have had for a long time

    4. Insist on perusing: keep reading

    5. Supllanted by new technologies: replace by tech

    6. Stimulate one’s reading impulse: encourage us to read

    7. The fragrance of paper book: the good smell of

    8. Have in-depth thinking: think deeply


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