Writing FCE part 1 Sample Essay 5

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You recently had a discussion in class about how modern technology is changing people’s lives.

Your teacher has asked you to write a composition giving your opinions on the following statement.

Internet has changed our lives.

Write your composition in 140-190 words in an appropriate style.


Sample Answer 

MY PLAN: Took 6 minutes to write

INTRO: 20 years ago very different-work, hobbies

PARAGRAPH 1: AGREE WITH TITLE Work, studies/friendships/relationships/ holidays/ free time

PARAGRAPH 2: DISAGREE WITH TITLE Exceptions: old people, we still meet friends + go out

CONCLUSION: In general, yes, but some things haven’t changed



Most people take internet for granted nowadays, but 20 years ago it was just beginning. We were all expecting a revolution at work and in our everyday life, but has it really happened?

On one hand, it could be said that our working habits and study techniques have changed dramatically. Easy access to information can save a lot of time, energy and money. Social networks such as Facebook have changed personal relationships, while arranging holidays or buying and selling products online have become increasingly popular and efficient.

It could, however, be argued that for old people, life has not changed so rapidly in many cases unless they move with the times. Many people still prefer to go out and meet their friends rather than chatting online. Personal contact is still important, especially in business, despite the rise of Internet.

In conclusion, it would be fair to say that, although Internet has inevitably changed many aspects of our daily lives, it is not always a positive change. Some people prefer personal contact instead of more impersonal ways of communicating.



  • I used 5 minutes to plan my essay, 25 minutes to write it and 5 minutes to check for mistakes after finishing.
  • Note the use of passive to express an opinion indirectly.
  • Rather than means the same as instead of. Avoid repetition.
  • Note the use of a rhetorical question in paragraph 1