IELTS Writing Task 2/ IELTS Essay:
1. You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
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 extend do you agree or disagree?
Give reasons for your answer and include relevant example from your own knowledge or experience.
It is no doubt that students need to be tested before awarding any degree or certificate. Every institution must conduct its own examination to assess students so that they can declare if the students have sufficiently gained required knowledge on the given subject. Therefore, in my view exams are as important as other segments of education and I disagree with such views which may think tests and examinations are unnecessary.
First of all, examinations provide an opportunity for students to display their ability. They can provide the proof of successful completion of their education in the future when they enter the job market by submitting the grades and marks received by them. In the absence of exams, neither the students get motivated to excel academically nor can prove in the future the amount of knowledge he has acquired.
Secondly, it is difficult to imagine any alternative mechanism by which progress of a student can be measured. If we do not have any benchmark, for example, grades, then, it will be extremely problematic for a prospective employer to award the job contract to the best and the deserving candidate. For example, if a pharmaceutical company need a graduate with outstanding credentials in the field, it may certainly be very challenging to them to select the best one in absence of grades as grades can be awarded only after formal examinations.
Therefore, in my conclusion, I would like to summarise my argument that exams and tests are indispensable in the sphere of education. This is why every student should be encouraged to take academic tests seriously in his life. It is beyond our imagination to have any alternative to formal testing. (Total 279 Words)
(My Note: The above Task has been rated as answer falling around the IELTS band of 6.0)