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[ks4] Writing Practice Test 598220

Task 1

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.

Writing task 1

The two graphs illustrate the numbers of overseas and local students at Australian universities from 2001 to 2010.

Overall, the numbers of students from abroad - both total and commencing - rose rapidly. However, while the total number of local students increased except the final four years, the numbers of newly entered local students remained almost the same.

To be more specific, the total number of international students was about 20,000 in 2001. However, surprisingly, the number quadrupled to more than 80,000 in 2010 in just ten years. Similarly, the number of newly entered students also grew from about 10,000 in 2001 to more than 40,000 in 2010.

On the other hand, the number of local students was about 400,000 in 2001. After it exceeded 600,000 in 2007, it did not change up to 2010. As for commencing local students, the number was about 180,000 in 2001 and did not alter until 2010, except the spike in 2002.

In conclusion, Australian universities began to rely more on foreign students than domestic students, and the ratio of overseas students jumped dramatically.

Task 2

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.

There are some people who argue that holding an international sports event is advantageous for the country. On the other hand, others insist that it is disadvantageous. In this essay, I will state my opinion by comparing these viewpoints and providing two specific reasons and related examples.

First of all, hosting an international sports event stimulates the country's economy and prestige. For instance, in 1964, when Japan had the Tokyo Olympic Games, it was an ideal opportunity to enlarge its economy. Besides the economic growth, it enhanced Japan's reputation, symbolized by the bullet train, which surprised many visitors from abroad. Thus, having an international sport is, in general, beneficial for the nation.

Having said that, an international sports event can cause an adverse effect occasionally. In particular, when Tokyo hosted the Olympic Games again in 2021, it damaged the Japanese economy; at that time, since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Japan as well as other countries, Olympic stadiums were not able to accommodate both international and domestic spectators. As a result, the 2021 Olympic Games cast a dark shadow over the Japanese economy and its prestige. Therefore, holding international sports events could be unseasonable.

My opinion is that the merit of having an international sports event surpasses the potential demerit of hosting it. Generally speaking, the percentage that a disaster like the COVID-19 pandemic damages the host countries is strictly limited. The probability is perhaps less than 1%.

There might be some people who are against my point of view. However, considering the two reasons and relevant examples stated above, I personally believe that, most likely, hosting an international sports game is worthwhile for the country.

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