[mingchen m] Writing Practice Test 457193
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
The table below shows the sales at a small restaurant in a downtown business district.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
You should write at least 150 words.
The table on the left shows the sales of a small restaurant for a week from October 7th to October 13th. This table includes all the sales from Monday to Sunday of both lunch and dinner. Looking through the table I see that the dinner sales are always bigger than the sales for lunch. All the dinner sales are between $1,550 to $2,595, and all the dinner sales are between $2,450 to $4,350. There are a average $1,200 gap between lunch and dinner sales. This happens because the dinner menu is better than the lunch one, but I think the main reason is that this restaurant is located downtown. Most people who decide to have a meal downtown will be businessmen or others similar to them, who are always busy most of the time. Many of them do not have time to eat lunch, so this will be the reason why sales of dinner are always higher. This also may be why sales at the weekend are much lower than in the week because those busy people will stay home for a break at the weekend. We can see that lunch sales from Monday to Friday is around $2,400 to $2,500, but during the weekend the sales are lower than $2,000. Same as the lunch sales, dinner sales all higher than $3,500 from Monday to Friday, but less than $3,000 during the weekend. Also, I see the sales of dinner on Friday are the highest, which is $4,350. I think the reason is that is the time that finishes the work of a week, and it is the time to celebrate the break time. That is the information I get from the table
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Some people think that it is important to use leisure time for activities that improve the mind, such as reading and doing word puzzles.
Other people feel that it is important to rest the mind during leisure time.
Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
You should write at least 250 words.
People are very busy every day as there are too many things that need to be completed. For example, work, studies, exercise, eating, and sleeping. There are 24 hours per day, and the time left after we finish all the things we must do is called leisure, the best time ever. Everyone wants to have their leisure time, but there are different opinions about what we should do during our leisure time. Some people believe this is the time people should use to improve themselves, so we should use it for activities that enhance the mind. The second opinion is that leisure time is the time to take a break, so people should completely rest their minds at this time. I think neither of these opinions are wrong, and I will explain it with my own experience.
Starting with the opinion that people should use their leisure time for activities that improve the mind, for example, reading, self-testing, and puzzles, I think this opinion is correct because people spend all their time studying and working, just like what I mentioned in the first paragraph. Everyone spends their time and attention on studies and work. However, many people are much better than others in the same area, because they use their leisure time to improve their skills. They use others' break time to increase their knowledge and power, making them better than others. When I was in primary school, I spent my leisure time on an extra math class. During that time, my math score was always at the top of the course. I saw the result of using leisure time to improve myself.
The points I will show in this part can be the opinion of using leisure to take a break, and it also can be the disadvantage of the opinion that one should keep working during leisure time. People's mind is very similar to a piece of string, when we use it, we pull the string apart and increase the tension. If you are continually increasing the pressure and never release it, the string will break one day. People's minds need to have time to break, and this is why no matter the university or primary school, there is always a class break between every class. One of my cousins is very good at studying, and I know she spends all her leisure time studying. She always gets perfect marks, but last July, she got some mental problems. The main reason for those problems is that she was too tired for work.
Based on my experience, I think people should use their leisure time to improve their minds. This is how people become better than others—however, not all of them. We need to rest our mind; we must release the string and decrease the tension.