[Yen N Pham] Writing Practice Test 548879
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
The graph below shows changes in global food and oil prices between 2000 and 2011.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons where relevant.
You should write at least 150 words.
The line graph compares the data for the food price index and average oil price over a period of 11 years.
It can be seen that there were upward trends in food and oil prices throughout the period shown. While the considerable rise can be seen in the price of food, the oil price falls dramatically and increased significantly by the end of this period.
In 2000, the amount of food price index accounted for around 90 points, whereas the average price of an oil barrel was just over $20. Both figures rose gradually and fell slightly by about 80 points of food index and $20 per barrel from 2001 to half-year 2002. Food prices witnessed a small increase of around 60 points in 2007. However, the average oil price saw an upsurge from $20 to nearly $80 in mid-2006.
The mid-year 2008 witnessed a dramatic growth in world food and oil prices, approximately 220 points and $130 respectively. Both features declined substantially at the beginning of 2009, 140 points of food price and $40 of oil price. While the food index peaked at 240 points in 2011, the price per oil barrel just went up steadily to $100 at the end of the period.
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic.
Some teachers think that international student exchange would be beneficial for all teenage school students.
Do you think its advantages will outweigh the disadvantages?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
You should write at least 250 words.
It is believed that the exchange of international students would be advantageous for all adolescents. In my opinion, the benefits of this statement outweigh its drawbacks.
On the other hand, studying abroad offers students several benefits. Firstly, when high school students live in international environments, they can approach modern facilities, such as projectors, laboratories,...so that they will have a perfect condition for studying and developing themselves. Secondly, they can have more opportunities for their future jobs and gather more knowledge to improve themselves to be better. For instance, teenagers can be chosen by reputable employers from a big international company like Google or Microsoft, to be one of their employees. Last, students will experience different styles of education from different countries that they will live in and they can take the chance to learn a new language.
On the other hand, the aforementioned advantages are at the expense of greater drawbacks. To attend those international exchange programs, students have to pay considerable costs unless they have a scholarship. But they are still studying so that those costs become a burden on their family. Furthermore, when moving to other countries where people don't use students' mother tongue, they will have some trouble. For example, students can be cheated of money or kidnapped by bad people, because some of them are not really good at the language of the country they come to.
In conclusion, while attending international student exchange programs may have some positive aspects, I believe that they are outweighed by the more significant negative aspects.