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[Sam L] Writing Practice Test 660167

Task 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The table below gives information about the underground railway systems in six cities.

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 table sheds light on the metro systems in six cities, outlining their dates of opening, lengths of route and annual passenger volumes.

Overall, the earliest opening of underground system took place in London. It is also apparent that London has the longest metro routes. In addition, the number of underground passengers in Tokyo is larger than that in any other cities mentioned in the table.

As shown in this table, the opening of the subway system in London took place in 1863, which was earlier than that in any other cities outlined in this table. In Paris, Tokyo, Washington DC and Kyoto, the metro systems began to be operationalised in the 20th century. The latest opening of metro system took place in Los Angeles in 2001. As for the lengths of route, the capital of the UK has underground routes of 394 kilometres, which are longer than any other cities, such as Paris (199 kilometres), Tokyo (155 kilometres), Washington DC (126 kilometres), Los Angeles (28 kilometres) and Kyoto (11 kilometres). In terms of the annual passenger quantity, the figure reaches 1927 million in the capital of Japan, which is larger than that in any other cities. The second largest figure of passenger volume was in Paris, reaching 1191 million. The yearly number of passengers reaches less than 1000 million in each of other four cities.

Task 2

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Some people think that a sense of competition in children should be encouraged. Others believe that children who are taught to co-operate rather than compete become more useful adults.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

You should write at least 250 words.

Writing task 2

There is a debatable issue regarding competition and cooperation. Some people hold that adolescents should be encouraged to compete, while others disagree and argue that teaching children to work together is more important. This essay will analyse both positions and illuminate my standpoint.

As for those highlighting the importance of competition, these people may have their position grounded upon the fact that children can learn a lot by competing against each other, especially when they encounter numerous obstacles brought by their strong opponents and suffer failures. Only under such adverse conditions can children understand their drawbacks and the ways of improvement. Apart from that, if children have hard-earned victories over competent rivals, they are likely to gain tremendous pleasure of success as well as huge confidence that motivates them to keep working diligently and achieve more success.

On the contrary, in terms of those attaching greater importance to cooperation than to competition, these people may justify their position by citing a large number of examples elucidating the role of collaboration in various tasks, such as the production of a high-tech gadget of which the parts are manufactured by different countries, and a formal meeting where people present their respective views on a given issue in order to comprehenively understand the situation. Admittedly, these examples sufficiently explain the importance of cooperation. However, this does not mean that cooperation must outweigh competition since the two ways of interaction influence us differently and it is rather impractical to identify which one is more influential to us.

To sum up, competition and cooperation benefit us in different ways. It is hardly possible to conclude which one is more important to us.

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