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IELTS computer technology essay

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We are becoming increasingly dependent on computer technology. It is used in business, crime detection and even to fly planes. What will it be used for in future? Is this dependence on technology a good thing or should we be suspicious of its benefits?

As we move into the twenty-first century, it is clear to see that we have become more and more dependent on computers and information technology. This technology now reaches into almost every area of our lives and it is easy to predict that this phenomenon is only going to grow. My personal belief is that this presents a variety of dangers.

It is highly likely that in the future there will be comparatively few aspects of our lives that will not be influenced by computer technology. The probability is that it will control more and more forms of communication, transforming fields such as education and business when video-conferencing platforms become more stable. It might even affect romance with more people forming relationships online.

While there may be benefits to this technological revolution, there are also a number of potential dangers. Perhaps the most serious of these would be  that if people rely on computers too much for communication, they could in fact begin to communicate less well. For example, if every member of a family had their own computer screen and smart phone, they might speak less and less often to one another and simply look at a screen. This would be serious because our ability to communicate is an essential part of our humanity.

My conclusion is that the growth of computer technology is inevitable, but that this may not be entirely positive. Just one area in which it is possible to foresee dangers is communication, and if we are going to ensure that computers do not become a negative influence, we need to think carefully how we use them.

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Thinking about the question

We are becoming increasingly dependent on computer technology. It is used in business, crime detection and even to fly planes. What will it be used for in future? Is this dependence on technology a good thing or should we be suspicious of its benefits?

A double question

The first point to note about the question is that there are in fact 2 questions. This is quite common in IELTS essays and it very, very important that you answer both halves of the question or you will be penalised heavily for Task Response.

The open question

The first question is an open question: “What will it be used for in the future?”. In a way, this is the harder question as you need to think yourself of 2/3 areas in which computers will be used in the future. There are a number of possibilities here, just a few are:

  • education
  • communication
  • transport
  • personal robots
You do not need to be very imaginative. There are no prizes for originality. I’d suggest you pick 2 areas and briefly explain how they might be used in the future, perhaps contrasting what happens now.

The closed question

The second question is a “Yes/No” question. Note that you must directly provide an answer to the question. You should also see that it is quite possible to answer it with a “Slightly” answer by saying that there are equal benefits and dangers to computer technology. The trick to answering this question is to give a reason why for your answer.

Making your answer coherent

I have two suggestions to make the essay coherent. The first is to make sure you explain  your ideas . This means explaining how the technology will be used in the future, rather than just listing different areas in which it will be used in and also explaining why it may or may not be dangerous.The second idea is to try and link your paragraphs together. One way to do this is to refer to the same ideas about how computer technology when you write about the possible dangers.

Structuring the essay

There are 2 main possible structures for this essay. One is to write a topic paragraph about each question and a separate conclusion. The other is to write 2 topic paragraphs about how computers will be used in the future and then use the conclusion paragraph to answer the second question. If you take this second approach, be sure to write a complete paragraph for your conclusion, or the examiner may think you have not answered the question fully.

Grammar and vocabulary

This question asks you to write about the future. Be sure to try and vary your future language. It is important to use different structures to get a good band score; it is not enough just to avoid mistakes.You also want to try and avoid using the word “computer” all the time and try and find some varied vocab.

Read the essay notes

Here is my sample essay with notes. 

As we move into the twenty-first century, it is clear to see that we have become more and more dependent on computers and information technology. This technology now reaches into almost every area of our lives and it is easy to predict that this phenomenon is only going to grow. My personal belief is that this presents a variety of dangers.

It is highly likely that in the future there will be comparatively few aspects of our lives that will not be influenced by computer technology. The probability is that it will control more and more forms of communication, transforming fields such as education and business when video-conferencing platforms become more stable. It might even affect romance with more people forming relationships online.

While there may be benefits to this technological revolution, there are also a number of potential dangers. Perhaps the most serious of these would be  that if people rely on computers too much for communication, they could in fact begin to communicate less well. For example, if every member of a family had their own computer screen and smart phone, they might speak less and less often to one another and simply look at a screen. This would be serious because our ability to communicate is an essential part of our humanity.

My conclusion is that the growth of computer technology is inevitable, but that this may not be entirely positive. Just one area in which it is possible to foresee dangers is communication, and if we are going to ensure that computers do not become a negative influence, we need to think carefully how we use them.

(273 words)

Varying vocabulary

influence/affect/control are 3 similar words. See how I vary my vocabulary, rather than just repeating the same word.

Being academic

This essay is quite academic in tone. This is because I do not always use “is” and “will”. Rather I choose to lots of modal verbs such as would, might and may.

Matching the introduction and conclusion

The essay is extremely coherent. Part of the way I achieve this is by matching my introduction and conclusion. This is an easy trick to learn and will certainly help your essay writing.

 

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26 Responses to IELTS computer technology essay

  1. md ayub hossain December 5, 2011 at 12:50 am #

    i am very hapy to get your fantastic essay.i need more and more.the reason is that i’ll take ielts general test very soon.
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  2. reshma December 5, 2011 at 1:28 am #

    very good language,it might help me for my essay writing.

  3. Angie December 5, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

    Hello Dominic,

    Thank you very much for sharing you ideas / knowledge with us. I’m so thankful that I’ve found your blog which has taught me a lot of things. As for now I am preparing for my exam on Dec. 17, 2011. I do hope you will continue guiding me in this preparation..

    Cheers,

    Angie

    • Dominic Cole December 5, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

      I’m back working on the site again now after a little break, so there should be lots of new material coming your way.

      • Anonymous December 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

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    Dear Dominic,

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    • Dominic Cole December 10, 2011 at 8:59 am #

      Congratulations on the score. It’s always nice to hear good news. It’s not easy to prepare by yourself, so well done once again.

  5. ielts hopeful December 10, 2011 at 9:55 pm #

    Excellent website – consistently useful material
    Any chance of some oral exam part 2 models.
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  6. Jag May 7, 2012 at 5:31 am #

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  7. JZ April 25, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

    Hi Dominic,

    First, thank you for this amazing web site, very helpful!

    For this sentence in the essay ‘there are also a number of potential dangers. Perhaps the most serious of these would be’, should it be ‘there are also a number of potential dangers. Perhaps the most serious ONE of these would be’?

    Sincerely,

  8. Helly May 13, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    hi domnic,
    I tried like 30 times for a general ielts exams, but always got disappointed with my writing score. I have also referred your writing samples. i dont know exatly what to do.

    • Anonymous February 19, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

      We are becoming increasingly dependent on computer technology.It is used in business;crime defection and even to fly planes.What will it be used for in future? Is this dependence on technology a good thing or should we be suspicious of its benefits?

  9. Albert Einstein July 16, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    Hi Mr Dominic,
    Would you mind if I ask a question?.Is it OK if we write only one aspect of using computers in the future rather than more?

  10. Einstein July 16, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

    Hi Mr Dominic
    I want to ask a question that pops out in my mind.If my score is 6,how much time do I need to improve it to 7?

  11. Inabat August 21, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    Hi! I’m taking an IELTS this Saturday (24, August). I am from Kazakhstan and English is my third language (after Kazakh and Russian) I think your blog quiet helpful, so I’m really happy that I’ve found it. Thank you so much, Dominic

  12. Ali October 5, 2013 at 5:02 am #

    Thank you for your effort !
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  13. Anonymous December 9, 2013 at 12:26 am #

    help me

  14. Leigh March 2, 2014 at 1:53 am #

    this are some great tips on how to create an impeccable essay. Will be printing it and share it to my classmates. Thank you Dominic!

  15. Pinar March 4, 2014 at 4:15 pm #

    Hello, I am going to take test 15th of March, and Have sone problems in writing section. ThESE Examples are for academic test, are they usefeul for students Whois take the general ielts

    • Dominic Cole March 4, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

      Yes. The skills are the same and the third reading in general training is very similar to an academic reading.

  16. Rose April 21, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

    Hi Dominic, Your materials are fantastic! Thank you so much for making them available to all of us. Can I just ask: Would it be possible to post the essay question for your model answer?

    • Dominic Cole April 21, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

      Hi

      It was lurking down the page – I’d forgotten to post it with essay itself. Please do let me know if you find any more irritations.

  17. Anonymous October 8, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    thankyou very much dominic

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