[RES] IELTS Writing Actual Test at BC & IDP on 08.07.17
Task 1: Maps
Topic of official question: Map of ground floor of art gallery Below is a Sample Question:
Everyone should stay at school until the age of 18. To what extend do you agree or disagree with this statement?
Some articles on staying at school until the age of 18:
Essay for Task 1
The developments that took place in Castellon city in Spain between the year 2000 and the present day are illustrated in the two maps. Overall, the city has developed significantly and has become more densely builtup, with ten new features now visible in the area.
When looking at the buildings in Castellon, beginning in the northwestern corner of the city, a hall of residence has been constructed on previously unoccupied land. Just to the east of this, the university has remained in place over the period. In the northeast of the city, trees were felled to allow for the construction of a new shopping centre. In the area surrounding the city centre, the train station was relocated to make way for a police station just to the south of the student accommodation. The new station now lies on the northern edge of the city centre. The market has been moved from the west to the east of the central area, and is now protected with a roof. This relocation created room for a shop where the old market used to reside. Finally, along the coast, a cinema, bars and nightclubs have been established on either side of the port.
Moving to analyse the changes made to the transport infrastructure, it can be seen that bicycles can now be rented in the city centre. The central square has also been connected to the university campus via a new tramline, with an as yet unfinished airport being built to its east. The last change relates to the road running parallel with the coast, which has now been reserved exclusively for pedestrian use.
Essay for Task 2
Whether all students should be obliged to remain in education until they reach 18 years old is an interesting topic of debate. From my perspective, I would argue that although the vast majority of secondary school leavers would undoubtedly benefit from continuing their studies, both the legal and educational systems should be flexible enough to also cater for the needs of young people in exceptional circumstances.
There are sound arguments in favour of enforcing a strict policy of high school attendance. The principal reason for this is that most 16-year-olds lack the foresight to fully comprehend the consequences of not gaining a high school education. Due to their immaturity, some students are lured by the idea of finding work, without acknowledging the limitations that this decision would place on their future careers. The realisation occurs later, that without qualifications, their earning potential quickly stagnates. In addition, having a welleducated younger generation is also beneficial for society as a whole. Research has shown that those who fail to complete their education are significantly more likely to encounter issues related to alcohol, depression and crime, all of which place an additional burden on national economies.
Despite the aforementioned facts, I also maintain that some degree of flexibility must continue to exist on this issue. In some cases, vocational training provided in the workplace could prove more advantageous than studying traditional academic subjects. If a teenager is going to inherit a family business, for example, then specific skills learned through experience will be highly valuable to them. Secondly, there have been examples seen throughout history of highly successful entrepreneurs who failed to graduate high school. There is no doubt that Henry Ford and Richard Branson had little aptitude for studying in a conventional educational setting, however when focused on their business aspirations, they achieved extraordinary results. For these individuals, a post-secondary education would have been irrelevant.
To conclude, opinions are divided as to whether graduating from high school should be a mandatory requirement for all children. While there is no doubt that this would be the best course of action in most cases, I believe that enforcing rules too strictly would hinder a minority of adolescents.