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[ISHITA S] Writing Practice Test 369900

Task 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The table below shows the salaries of secondary/high school teachers in 2009. Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparison where relevant.

You should write at least 150 words.

Writing Task 1

The given chart tabulates the salaries earned by the secondary and high school teachers in various regions across the globe in 2009. The first column highlights the name of the countries, i.e., Australia, Denmark, Luxembourg, Japan and Korea. Concomitantly, against each country, the succeeding columns outline the starting salary, salary after 15 years, the maximum salary and the total number of years taken to earn the maximum salary by the teachers.

The second column and third column state the starting salary and the subsequently increased salary after a period of 15 years. Firstly, in Australia, from 28,000, the salary burgeoned to 48,000. Secondly, in Denmark, from 45,000, the salary increased at a meagre rate of 54,000. Thirdly, in Luxembourg, the salary witnessed a sharp rise from 80,000 to 119,000. Similarly, in Japan the salary augmented from 34,000 to 65,000. Lastly, in Korea, the salary rose from 30,000 to 48,000.

The fourth column highlights the maximum salary that was earned by the teachers in each of the respective states. In Australia and Denmark, it was the same as that after 15 years, i.e., 48,000 and 54,000, respectively. However, in Luxembourg, Japan and Korea, the maximum salary was greater than the salary proferred after 15 years i.e., 132,000, 86,000 and 62,000, respectively.

The last column highlights the number of years that were taken by the teachers to attain the aforesaid maximum salary. On one hand, in Australia and Denmark, it took 9 years and 8 years, respectively to reach the apex salary. On the other hand, in Luxembourg, Japan and Korea, it took 30 years, 37 years, and 34 years, respectively to attain the maximum salaries.

Task 2

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

The tendency of news reports in the media to focus more on problems and emergencies rather than on positive developments is harmful to the individuals and the society as a whole.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

You should write at least 250 words.

The media, popularly known as the "fourth pillar of a democracy", has increasingly been disseminating, so-to-say, "negative" news across the masses. In my opinion, the shift from broadcasting positive developments to the problematic, bone-chilling and disheartening news must be viewed as a welcome change in the society.

Contrary to the popular opinion that supports the dissemination of "positive" news, I vehemently believe that the media has a right to freedom of speech and expression. This inalienable legal right cannot proscribe the media from raising awareness on depressing issues and stirring difficult conversations. Correspondingly, the general public has a right to know and a right to be informed. When people exercise this right, they not only become more aware citizens with greater knowledge about their surroundings and happenings, but they also become more responsible citizens who can adapt to the changing socio-politico-legal environment and quickly respond to the needs of the fellow beings.

As the defenders, protectors and upholders of "truth", the state and the public have cast a solemn duty on the media outlets and journalists to search, find and inform the people about the true factual circumstances in a particular scenario. If such "truth" inevitably entails more problems and emergencies, then the media should indeed, without an iota of a doubt, report the same to the public. For, if only the positive developments are highlighted, then the people would never be acquainted with the loopholes and lacunae in the system. In other words, the citizens would be bereft of the basic arsenal of "knowledge" about the existing status quo. Consequently, citizens would not be able to take cognizance of the problems, take positive steps to address them or raise their voice to bring about meaningful real-life change.

Since time immemorial, innumerable nations have catalysed seminal changes and improved the problematic situations after the public furor that was accelerated through media reporting. For instance, in the Indian paradigm, it was only after the widespread media reporting about the Nirbhaya gang rape case that the citizenry from across the country took to the streets and protested against the arbitrary and lopsided criminal justice system. The subsequent public outcry and harsh criticisms had compelled the legislature to enact a Criminal Law Amendment Act, 2013 to enforce stricter punishments and penalties for the rape offenders.

Likewise, reporting on emergencies ensures better disaster preparedeness and effective response. If individuals are intimated about a looming threat to their lives and property, they take all advanced precautions to avert the danger, and ensure prompt and timely action. This is extremely important because ignorance or oblivion about such pertinent information can be life-wrecking in the long-run. Thus, even if the absence of any blissful news adversely effects the people's mood temporarily, the knowledge about the problems bolsters their livelihood permanently.

Therefore, history and current state practices are a testament to the fact that media's reporting on the problems and emergencies, rather than positive development is not harmful, and is rather helpful, to the individuals and society collectively.

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