IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 475 - Examination is a central feature of school systems in any counties

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Test & examination is a central feature of school systems in any counties. Do you think the educational benefits of testing outweigh any disadvantages?

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

You should write at least 250 words.

Sample Answer:
In today’s school systems tests and examinations are major features in many countries where test plays an important role is believed by some citizens. Whereas on same scale others argue that they are not mandatory. However, I feel that testing should not be major a one in school system for the following reasons.

Firstly, common advantage of examination is that it differentiates best and poor performers i.e., hard working students are smart in tests compared to others. Similarly, school kids feel that if they want to upgrade for next standard they should appear and pass exams. Hence this concept creates responsibility on studies. However many nations in world are preferring this testing format in education.

On the other hand few draw backs are noticed such as slow learners cannot perform well in test and this creates inferior complexity among students. If opportunity, time and new learning techniques are imparted to student, they can perform better in tests.

Moreover suicide trends are seen by this examination system. Hence developed countries are exempting testing feature. This phenomenon created confusion in parents, children and teachers whether to continue with test pattern or simply promote student to next higher class. This brought a drastic change in many countries which headed toward exemption of tests.

To conclude with, testing the candidate has both advantages and disadvantages and over all major advantage is: slow learner benefit a lot from exam system.  If passing an exam in not mandatory because maturity and seriousness towards studies are not seen in childhood days, the students can improve as well. The test does not always reflect the true reflection of the students’ merit and thus are often biased.       

[ by - Samuel Edward ]

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