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[Martina B] Writing Practice Test 595934

Task 1

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.

Writing task 1

The data on the enconomic gains of this small restaurant indicates that it earns more money on weekdays than on weekends. This occurs both at lunch and diner times. In other words, sales are stable during labourable days and decrease significantly on Saturdays and Sundays.

However, slight fluctuations can be observed when analyzing closely. For example, the restaurant earns more money in lunches as the week progresses. Then, there is a slight decrease on Thursday, followed by an increase in income on Friday, and a noticeable decrease during the weekend. The money the business makes seems to follow the same pattern when it comes to dinner time.

The numbers also indicate that diners tend to be more profitable than lunches, regardless of the day of the week. Moreover, we can notice that the moments in which the restaurant earns more money is Wednesday at miday and on Friday night. The least profitable day is Sunday, both for lunch and dinner.

Task 2

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.

Writing task 2

How people should spend their free time is a common discussion, especially among psychologists and neuroscientists that work on this subject. It is an active debate and there is no right or wrong answer.

For example, some state that free time should include cognitively challenging activities. Specialists have determined that our brain needs to be properly trained. This can even help reduce the pace of many known neurological diseases, as it has been proven that some excercises and games add to our already existing cognitive reserve.

Moreover, it is true that some people find these type of activities enjoyable and rewarding. Maybe this debate should not be presented as a dichotomy. That is, leisure activities can both enhance cognitive processes and relax the mind. Rather than presenting them as opposite options, they can be considered as simulaneous.

On the other hand, we need to provide our brain with specific resting moments. A mental break is always essential. This is especially important among people who need to make great cognitive efforts during most of the day. For example, as a psychology student and a research assistant at a neuroscience laboratory, I spend most of my waking hours reading scientific papers and working on complex problems. Consequently, reading a book related to my subject or even playing games that train cognitive aspects are the last things I look forward to doing when I arrive home.

All in all, I strongly believe that the way in which each individual spends his or her free time is a personal choice. As with any other complex debate, people should take into consideration their lifestyle, their occupation, their levels of mental energy, and whether they enjoy mind challenging activities or not.

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