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IELTS Writing Task 2 : Too much emphasis is placed on testing these days


IELTS Writing Task 2

Too much emphasis is placed on testing these days. The need to prepare for tests and examinations is a restriction on teachers and also exerts unnecessary pressure on young learners.

To what extent do you agree or disagree? Give reasons for your answer and include relevant example from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

Model Essay 01 :

While “burning the midnight oil” for your final exam, you may find yourself nervously shaking and on the verge of exploding. On this fatal date, many of your future hopes can be crushed. Too much strain is put on a single, taking approximately an hour, assessment. This practice has been taken for granted for many years, and only recently, some voices are calling it old – fashioned.

The testing system has one distinctive feature that enhances the process of education. It is universal and standardized while at the same time, it does not take into account the individual. Therefore, teachers are relieved from the burden of designing a personal exam paper. However, some scientists argue that each student possesses unique qualities (creativity, imagination, logical thinking) and unified, strict methods of assessment cannot bring them on the surface.

Nowadays, ambitious parents push their kids to be more obsessed with marks. There are many cases of people encouraging their children to calculate perplexing equations or studying French. All this at the expense of playing outside, socializing and just being a kid. The reason is obvious – the better the under-aged perform, the higher prospects for “hot” schools.

Another aspect of the stressful practice in modern examinations is that it shows only the momentary situation. Even though you may have problems with one part of the textbook, the outcome depends on pure chance. A good step in reversing the process is the ¾ test throughout the semester, implemented nu universities.

On balance, the outdated approach to assessment should be reached and adapted to fit in the modern situation. More constructiveness and reducing anxiety are vital if society wants to keep people willing to learn and not just to achieve high marks.

Model Essay 02 :

The education is the key of future; it is the only way to encourage people to improve their life and environment. Actually, in nowadays testing people, specially students is the common way to evaluate learning process and teachers tend to pay a lot of attention on students score as it was the only measure to check the knowledge. It is developing high level of pressure on young learners.

The school has a lot of objectives, but the mean one is to prepare people for the life. In fact, life is sometime very stressful and hard, and it is necessary to have the ability to control difficulties and having success in hard time as well. Then it is possible that the high pressure exerts on children and students about testing is a way to help them to be strong and to learn face future stressful situation.

On the other hand, to force students to learn some specific things in specific time could discourage the creative and become students in knowledge’s consumers conversely to look for develop skills or discover personal abilities. In my opinion, pressing students having good score, you are achieving that them memorize a lot of information, but no necessary to learn or understanding it.

Furthermore, experts have found around the world that open learning process make more intelligent and creative students, because to be relaxed and feeling comfortable is easy to learn and discover new things; so this way to teach is better to develop skills and improve difficulties.

In the final analysis, in my view, even to learn to control stress and pressure is important and necessary, if the goal is developing skills and encourage  the intelligence, it is necessary to decrease of pressure about testing and promote creative process.

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