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[Sam L] Writing Practice Test 540043

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 table sheds light on the incomes of middle school teachers in 2009, with the data collected from five countries: Australia, Denmark, Luxembourg, Japan and Korea. Apart from that, three periods of salary are outline in this table, including the time when the teachers started their careers, when they spent 15 years in this position, and when they achieved the maximal level of salary, along with the number of years spent in reaching the maximum income.

In general, among five nations, Australia offered the lowest income to high school teachers in all three periods (28000 at the beginning, 48000 after 15 years in this job and 48000 at the time of maximum salary) while Luxembourg provided the highest salary to them in each period (80000 at the beginning, 119000 after 15 years in this profesion and 132000 at the time of highest earning). Apart from that, although Australian and Dannish teachers spent less than 10 years earning the highest incomes, their highest salaries were less than 60000 respectively, which stood in marked contrast with teachers from Luxembourg, Japan and Korea who spent no less than 30 years earning the maximum salaries and had the highest earnings exceed 60000 respectively.

To conclude, compared with teachers from Australia and Denmark, those from Luxembourg, Japan and Korea might be more motivated to stay in this profession given their higher maximum incomes.

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.

There is a debatable issue as to whether the trend of media reports to focus on negative developments rather than inspiring news is detrimental to each citizen and the even whole society. As far as I am concerned, I hold a neutral position on this issue.

News reports are ought to present the truth to the the public so that people can notice and understand the phenomenom which they are not able to witness in person, no matter how embarrassing, disappointing or irritating the reality is, especially when the issues are closely related to people's personal interests, such as public security. Such important information helps citizens make necessary precautions against any potential threats. A case in point is that when given the information about the rise in death rate related to gun violence, people may be encouraged to avoid visiting the areas with severe gun plagues and prepare necessary weapons in case of any undesirable incidents.

Nevertheless, the possibility of publicity stunt should not be neglected given the fact that compared with inspiring news describing delightful and touching stories, and objective reports presenting accurate facts, the information showing the negative side of the society tends to seize more attention from the public and thus, increase the revenue of new agency. After all, the general public, who usually live a mundane live, may unconciously expect something surprising or novel, even if it is a fabricated incident. Such fake news may have the public misunderstand the society and affect their personal choices, especially when their choices influence the development of their country, for example, their votes in a universal suffrage.

To sum up, news agencies' focus on negative incidents is justified only when their reports are based on truths. Otherwise, it may lead the society astray.

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