[Ben D] Writing Practice Test 595979
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
The graphs below show the enrolments of overseas students and local students in Australian universities over a ten year period.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
You should write at least 150 words.
The given graphs illustrate the number of native and foreign students enrolled in Australian universities over a period of ten years.
Overall, the number of commencing students among the oversea group gradually increased over the period, while that number among the local students remained at a stable level. On the other hand, the total number of students for both groups witnessed a constant growth from 2001 to 2010, despite a stagnation in the rate of growth for local students from 2007 to 2010.
Looking closely at the oversea students, the number of freshman experienced a slower increase than the total number of students. The gap between the two lines expanded over time, and at the ending year of 2010, the total number of students was 80,000, almost double that figure of commening students.
As for the local group, the enrollment of new students stood at a constant level of about 20,000 over the period. This contradicts the growing number of total local students at the same time. Starting at 40,000, the total enrollment of local students rose dramatically during 2001 to 2007, followed by a three-year period of stagnation at around 60,000.
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Some people think that hosting an international sports event is good for the country, while some people think it is bad. Discuss both views and state your opinion.
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
You should write at least 250 words.
Hosting a global-scale sport event is a challenging task for any country, particularly during the time of uncertainty and economic hardship. It is an ongoing debate about whether the advantages of such an event outweighs its potential drawbacks. This essay offers insights for both arguments.
On the one hand, an international sport event delivers considerable benefits to the home country. It is an opportunity to show the world the warm hospitality offered by the hosting country, as well as a tool to promote the growth of relevant businesses. For example, the FIFA World Cup 2010 hosted by South Africa has created a positive image for the country as a friendly and welcoming nation. Since then, the number of tourists in South Africa has risen significantly, which contributed to the development of hospitality-related businesses and the travel industry as a whole. In addition to economic benefits, this also brings considerable advantages to athletes of the home country, as they often feel more comfortable to compete in local venues where are also their regular training grounds. This is the reason explains the fact that that the hosting nation often topped the table of Olympic medals through several Olympic events in the past.
On the flip side, the drawbacks of hosting a global sport event should not be overlooked. This is particularly relevant during the pandemic, as such an event allows foreginers from all over the world to cross the border and potentially increase the risk of disease infection among local communities. Furthermore, the expenses needed to fund the construction of sport facilities, accomodation and associated transportation for an international-level event are substantially high. This could cause a public outcry if spending on such an event means no resources left for other important sectors of society.
In conclusion, hosting a global sport event would create a positive image as well as benefits some relevant businesses of the home country, however, the heath risk and the high expenses associated with it are considerably significant.