Summarise written text 1

Summarise written text 1
Read the passage below and summarize it using one sentence. Type your response in the box at the bottom of the screen. You have 10 minutes to finish this task. Your response will be judged on the quality of your writing and on how well your response presents the key points in the passage.

A country's standard of living generally depends on the size of its national income. Standards of living

are measured by such things as the number of cars, televisions, telephones, computers, washing

machines, and so on, for every one thousand people. There is, however, no standard international index,

which is why national income figures are used as a substitute. But the use of these figures to compare the

standard of living between countries needs to be done carefully, because they are, at best, only a rough

guide which can be misleading. The main problem here is that it is necessary to have a common unit of

measurement if any sort of comparison is to be made at all. It has become the custom to use the dollar,

and each country's currency is converted at its official exchange rate into a national income figure in

dollars. Now, since the exchange rate is often set at an artificial level in relation to dollars, you are likely

to end up with a figure that is useless for your purposes.