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[Amarachi O] Writing Practice Test 558985

Task 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The bar chart below shows the numbers of men and women attending various evening courses at an adult education centre in the year 2009. The pie chart gives information about the ages of these course participants.

Write a report for a university, lecturer describing the information shown below.

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 diagrams below are statistic illustrations of the number of individuals parttaking in a variety of courses in an adult learning center, including: Drama, Painting, Sculpture and Language. They are categorised by gender, in the bar graph and age, as shown in the pie chart.

Overall, with the exception of Sculpture, more women enroll in other courses compared to men, with the most number of women taking the Langauge course. Also, the middle aged and elderly appear to be more interested in these courses as they make up a large number of participants.

In the bar graph, we are given four main courses of study and across all four courses, save Sculpture, the number of female students are greater than the males. Drama has exactly 10 male attendees, while females make up twice their number. The reverse is however the case for Sculpture, with females being about 5, and males being exactly 10. Painting has a comparable blend of both genders, although females still out number the males by about 5; females being 30 and males around 25. Finally, the Language course has the most number of female participants (40) and half their number for the male participants (20).

The pie charts throws some light on the age range of the participants, regardless of gender or course. Almost half the participants are seen to be 50 years or over, precisely 42%; meanwhile only 5% are below 20 years. The second largest age group is 40 - 49 years, making up 26%. Those between 30 - 39 and 20 - 29 made up 16% and 11% of attendees respectively.

Task 2

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic.

The issue of gay marriage remains controversial. Some people think that this trend has adverse effects on the society while others believe that it is seen as a natural trend and right for people to choose this type of marriage. Should gay marriage be legal?

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

You should write at least 250 words.

Writing task 2

Just like every topic relating to a minority group in a society, the problem of gay marriage is considered a dicey one. On the one hand, a group of people argue that it is a natural phenomenon and should therefore be accepted by law, on the other hand others believe that it has detrimental effects on the society and should not be legalised. In my opinion, I think gay marriage should be made legal because, firstly, there isn't enough bases to consider it a crime and in addition, it will help to reduce the number of children in the orphanage. This essay will throw more light on these points below.

To begin with, the criminalisation of homosexualism is, in my opinion, too harsh a treatment and has no concrete base. This is because gayism is not exactly a choice a person can make, unlike other forms of crime such as robbery or murder which are, for the most part, preconceived. A person does not have complete control on who they fall in love with, connect with and want to spend the rest of their lives with; therefore making gay marriage illegal can be seen as a form of oppression towards the minority. In addition, criminalising gay union does not stop people from following their hearts, they will just not make their intentions known to the law. In other words, criminalisation is not the best approach if a country intends to minimise her number of gay citizens. If anything at all, she stands a change of losing citizens to other countries where it is legal.

Furthermore, gay marriages in a way will contribute to solving some societal problems by reducing the number of children in orphanages through adoption. Unfortunately, homosexualism cannot cheat basic human biology, therefore without external assistance, a gay couple cannot have their own biological family. As a result many gay couples resort to adoption, or sorogacy, and where the latter cannot be afforded, the former becomes the only option. With the legalisation of gay marriage, there will no doubt be a tremendous increase in the rate of adoption and many homeless children will finally find families.

In conclusion, there have been endless debates with regards to whether or not gay unions are beneficial or detrimental to a society and whether or not it should be legalised. In my opinion, I believe it should be legalised because, there is no solid base for its criminalisation except that it is an unfamiliar concept and in addition, by legalising it, the government will be creating an indirect opportunity for more children in orphanages to find their homes.

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