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CAMBRIDGE 13

TEST 1, WRITING TASK 2 (Page. 29) (Band 6.5 score)

In some areas of the US, a ‘curfew’ is imposed, in which teenagers are not allowed to be out of doors after a particular time at night unless they are accompanied by an adult.

What is your opinion about this?

In some regions of America, a ‘curfew’ seems to be imposed although it has not been imposed in Japan for many years. There should be from background to impose a curfew and this essay will discuss pros and cons about it.

First of all, curfews may not be imposed in safe areas. Safe areas mean that the crime rate is low. If teenagers go out at night in the area which there are many crimes happening, they would be involved and be in danger. Because they do not know how to protect themselves from possible dangers of crimes. Also it is possible that teens might commit crimes due to the fact they are curious about everything and they are easily involved to their friends. In addition, high crime rate sometimes means that parent’s interest about education is low. Therefore children get interested in crimes, drugs, rapes, robberies instead of studying. Consequently children will not get good jobs and will become poor, then will commit crimes. So, bad sequences will be repeated. In such situations, it may be necessary to impose a curfew.

However, there may be a opinion that a curfew should not be imposed. Because it is not good idea to restrict children’s action and children’s freedom should be respected instead. I agree with this idea to some extent. If a teen is less than 15 years old, they should not be outside after 9 o’clock. However teens over 15 years old can understand what is wrong.

In conclusion, in a dangerous area teenagers might be restricted to go out at night, however ages over 15 can be exempted. What is more important thing is to educate people including parents. Otherwise situations will not change.

TEST 3, WRITING TASK 2 (Page. 130) (Band 7 score)

Some people say that now we can see films on our phones or, tablets there is no need to go to the cinema. Others say that to be fully enjoyed, films need to be seen in a cinema.

Discuss both this views and give your own opinion.

Some people think that now we can watch movies on gadgets we do not need to attend movie theatre. Some think that to be really liked movies must be seen in a movie theatre. In  this essay I will discuss both these views and give my own opinion.

To see films on our tablets and phones there is no need to go to the cinema. On my tablet I see every film I want to see. Also this way is cheap. Each month I pay $9 and I watch many films in my home or on train. If something happen I can stop and do it and later I can watch my film again. I like this and then I fully enjoy it as my stress is not there.

In addition, I like to go the cinema. I like my friends and me to meet up and go to cinema and if I see my boyfriend I like to go to cinema to see a film together. Last year on my birthday many friends and me all went to cinema together and we watched Deep Water Horizon. I enjoyed this and my friends too, because the big screen showed more information and because the sound quality was better than at home. May be in my house we will not be happy to watch this film and see the famous actor. Also we enjoyed the popcorn and coke we could buy.

In conclusion in my house I like to watch films on my tablet. It is cheap and easy for me, but I also like to go to cinema to see films, especially with friends. May be both are good to fully enjoy films at different times and with different people.

TEST 4, WRITING TASK 2 (Page. 94) (Band 6.5 score)

Some people say that it is important to keep your home and your workplace tidy, with everything organized and in the correct place.

What is your opinion about this?

I think it is important to keep my house and my workplace tidy and clean with all things managed and in the correct situation.

Why is this? My home must be tidy to keep my families safe. If my home is tidy and electricity lines and toys and shoes and books are organized and in the correct place no one is going to fall over and do damage to there body. One day my friend Mohsin walked in his home to answer a person that come to his house door. He looked at the door. He didn’t look at the floor and he fall over one shoe and then he went to hospital to have his head sewen. Furthermore, if people arrive and my house is non-tidy, then I can suffer embarrassed. My family and my friends like to see my house tidy and clean. I like to see my house clean.

My workplace must be tidy so everything is organized. If my workplace is organized I think I can do more work. I can do this work because all my time is for my work. Sometimes I go to work and all my time have to spend looking for my work. My desk is dirty and my paper is all over the top and my time is taken by looking for what I want to do and what I need to do. This is so terrible and now I think it is important to keep my workplace managed and all things in the correct situation. Also if I need to find pens or, pencils it is easy when organized.

To conclude in a nutshell keep house and workplace tidy is a good thing because I can find my things, my family like it, it is safe.

CAMBRIDGE 12

TEST 6, WRITING TASK 2 (Page. 134) (Band 7 score)

In many places, new homes are needed, but the only space available for building them is in the countryside. Some people believe it is more important to protect the countryside and not build new homes there.

What is your opinion about this?

Presently the problem of a living space risen into prominence in many places of the country. There is absolutely no ways to build new houses in some cities, and a lot of people suggest to carry out construction in the countryside. However, it is a controversial topic introducing heavy debates.

Opponents of urbanization of former rural areas stake that it would cause a dramatic effect on the natural ecosystem of such places. The most drastic consequences are caused by infrastructure that necessarily follows any human settlement – that is, roads, power lines, means of water supply and such. The construction of those engineering projects leads to destruction of natural bioms of ponds, rivers forests, causing many animals to migrate or, go extinct. The arguments of environmentalists do make sense, but there also valuable ideas supporting the countryside occupation.

First of all. Not even the most extreme supporters of spreading urbanization maintain that all of the countryside should be filled with homes all over the place. In fact there are good examples of even larger cities living perhaps not in harmony with surrounding nature, but at least in some form of cooperation. Having a considerable amounts of parks inside inhabited area help both people to feel themselves better and plants and animals to have some sort of home. If I may to present an example, the city of Zaporizhla where I live was a large island between the parts of the city which is covered with trees and largely unoccupied, being a nice counterpart to heavily populated nearby districts.

In conclusion, I would like to stress that while opponents of countryside settlements have many valid points, the situation is not as drastic as they portray it, and the co-existence of human population with nature is quite possible.

CAMBRIDGE 11

TEST 2, WRITING TASK 2 (Page. 132) (Band 6.5 score)

Some people say that in all levels of education, from primary schools to universities, too much time is spent on learning facts and not enough on learning practical skills

Do you agree or, disagree?

I agree with people who say that too much time is spent on learning facts and not enough on learning practical skills, in all levels of educations.

Since I was child I have been studying in different sorts of institution and I could realize – mainly when I started to work – that most of the time we spend more time in ‘what’ or, ‘why’ do something than  ‘how’ do it.

For sure I believe it’s important to know the theory through what ‘things works’. This knowledge encourage the reflection, the research and so on …

That’s why the education standard is in one side there is a teacher explaining the subject and in another side there are the students trying to learn everything.

Usually, there are few practical classes, when we can really develop our skills, for example laboratory classes and computer classes.

Even in my university course – Industrial Engineering – there are few practical tasks.

That’s why I think the structure of education could be more balanced in terms of theory and practical skills. I this way people would be more capable to cope with personal and professional problems.

I believe that some institutions have already realized the importance of this balanced education. Some evidences to prove it the increasing number of study cases and tasks which involve real problems like solving a marketing problem in a real company. Other evidence is the increasing number of MBAs offered around the world. Therefore, I agree that we need to promote more the practical skills, but, as I see it, this change has been occurring.  

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