Writing practice test 5 possible answer

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Task 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The bar chart shows the number of children in two different age groups in an average class in different countries.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words.


The graph illustrates the standard number of pupils of two different age groups in 4 different countries, as well as the global average.

The most striking point is that in all countries, as well as the global average, the number of students in a class of 9 year olds is always higher than class sizes for those aged 13, with the exception of Japan, where there are approximately 35 13 year olds per class.


Japan and Hong Kong both have the highest number of students in each class, with figures never falling below approximately 31 students per class.

In contrast, Russia has the fewest students, with slightly over ten per class. The United States is notable for being almost identical to the global average, with roughly 23 students in the younger class and approximately 18 in the older class.

Overall, there are significant variances between countries, but not between different ages within a country.

(155 words)


Task 2

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

There are many benefits to a good education. Therefore, a university education should be offered to all students, not just students with good high school grades.

Do you agree or disagree?

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

You should write at least 250 words.


Although some people believe that tertiary education should be open to all students, there are overwhelming arguments which make this impractical, as will now be presented.

The primary reason why offering a university place to all students, regardless of prior academic performance, would not be effective is in the sheer numbers of potential students. Tertiary education is an average of 3 years in most countries, and offering courses to all students for this period of time would be financially crippling.

In addition, education beyond compulsory levels should not be considered a right but a privilege for those who have worked hard in high school and have good results. This motivates students throughout their academic career to study hard. If any student was allowed to enter university, the pressure to achieve good grades at high school would be lost and students would be generally less inclined to study hard.

However, it must be considered that there are some students who, despite hard work and being diligent students, simply do not perform well during examinations. For these students, a system of demanding good high school grades is perhaps unfair, as their test results may not be a reflection of their true academic abilities. Nonetheless, the pressure to achieve these grades is all part of the learning process essential for university graduates.

In sum, therefore, there are only limited reasons to support the open entry of university regardless of previous grades, and although a system of requiring good grades does have disadvantages, it is more effective than an open door policy.

(258 words)


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