IELTS Writing Task 1 & 2 Samples

Task 1

Task 1 sample 1

The diagrams below show some principles of house design for cool and for  warm climates

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Although this question is different from the normal graph/chart questions,
you should structure your answer in the same way. Try to write 4
paragraphs:
1. Introduction: paraphrase the question.
2. Summary: describe the main differences – the design of the roof
and windows, and the use of insulation.
3. Details: compare the roof design and use of insulation.
4. Details: compare the window design and how windows are used
during the day and at night.
The diagrams show how house designs differ according to climate.
The most noticeable difference between houses designed for cool
and warm climates is in the shape of the roof. The designs also differ
with regard to the windows and the use of insulation.
We can see that the cool climate house has a high-angled roof, which
allows sunlight to enter through the window. By contrast, the roof of
the warm climate house has a peak in the middle and roof overhangs
to shade the windows. Insulation and thermal building materials are
used in cool climates to reduce heat loss, whereas insulation and
reflective materials are used to keep the heat out in warm climates.
Finally, the cool climate house has one window which faces the
direction of the sun, while the warm climate house has windows on
two sides which are shaded from the sun. By opening the two
windows at night, the house designed for warm climates can be
ventilated.
(162 words, band 9)

Task 1 sample 2

The first chart below gives information about British parents on their children’s sports betw teheen m 2o0n0e8y a snpde 2n0t 1b4y.
The second chart shows the number of children who participated in
three sports in Britain over the same time period.

IELTS task 1 sample 2

Here’s my full answer:
The line graphs show the average monthly amount that parents in Britain
spent on their children’s sporting activities and the number of British
children who took part in three different sports from 2008 to 2014.
It is clear that parents spent more money each year on their children’s
participation in sports over the six-year period. In terms of the number of
children taking part, football was significantly more popular than athletics
and swimming.
In 2008, British parents spent an average of around £20 per month on
their children’s sporting activities. Parents’ spending on children’s sports
increased gradually over the following six years, and by 2014 the average
monthly amount had risen to just over £30.
Looking at participation numbers, in 2008 approximately 8 million British
children played football, while only 2 million children were enrolled in
swimming clubs and less than 1 million practised athletics. The figures
for football participation remained relatively stable over the following 6
years. By contrast, participation in swimming almost doubled, to nearly 4
million children, and there was a near fivefold increase in the number of
children doing athletics.
(words 185 , band 9)

Task 1 sample 3

The graph below shows the amounts of waste produced by three
companies over a period of 15 years.

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The line graph compares three companies in terms of their waste output
between the years 2000 and 2015.
It is clear that there were significant changes in the amounts of waste
produced by all three companies shown on the graph. While companies
A and B saw waste output fall over the 15-year period, the amount of
waste produced by company C increased considerably.
In 2000, company A produced 12 tonnes of waste, while companies B
and C produced around 8 tonnes and 4 tonnes of waste material
respectively. Over the following 5 years, the waste output of companies
B and C rose by around 2 tonnes, but the figure for company A fell by
approximately 1 tonne.
From 2005 to 2015, company A cut waste production by roughly 3
tonnes, and company B reduced its waste by around 7 tonnes. By
contrast, company C saw an increase in waste production of
approximately 4 tonnes over the same 10-year period. By 2015, company
C’s waste output had risen to 10 tonnes, while the respective amounts of
waste from companies A and B had dropped to 8 tonnes and only 3
tonnes.
(192 words, band 9)

Task 1 sample 4

The tables below give information about sales of Fairtrade*-labelled
coffee and bananas in 1999 and 2004 in five European countries.

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*Fairtrade: a category of products for which farmers from developing
countries have been paid an officially agreed fair price.
The tables show the amount of money spent on Fairtrade coffee and
bananas in two separate years in the UK, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium
and Sweden.
It is clear that sales of Fairtrade coffee rose in all five European countries
from 1999 to 2004, but sales of Fairtrade bananas only went up in three
out of the five countries. Overall, the UK saw by far the highest levels of
spending on the two products.
In 1999, Switzerland had the highest sales of Fairtrade coffee, at €3
million, while revenue from Fairtrade bananas was highest in the UK, at
€15 million. By 2004, however, sales of Fairtrade coffee in the UK had
risen to €20 million, and this was over three times higher than
Switzerland’s sales figure for Fairtrade coffee in that year. The year 2004
also saw dramatic increases in the money spent on Fairtrade bananas in
the UK and Switzerland, with revenues rising by €32 million and €4.5
million respectively.
Sales of the two Fairtrade products were far lower in Denmark, Belgium
and Sweden. Small increases in sales of Fairtrade coffee can be seen,
but revenue remained at €2 million or below in all three countries in both
years. Finally, it is noticeable that the money spent on Fairtrade bananas
actually fell in Belgium and Sweden.

Note:
This report is a bit longer (216 words) than necessary, but I think it’s a
useful model answer in terms of its structure and the language used.

Task 1 sample 5

The diagrams below show the site of a school in 2004 and the plan
for changes to the school site in 2024.

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(Source: Official IELTS Practice Materials 2)
The two pictures compare the layout of a school as it was in the year
2004 with a proposed site design for the year 2024.
It is clear that the main change for 2024 involves the addition of a new
school building. The school will then be able to accommodate a
considerably larger number of students.
In 2004, there were 600 pupils attending the school, and the two school
buildings were separated by a path running from the main entrance to the
sports field. By 2024, it is expected that there will be 1000 pupils, and a
third building will have been constructed. Furthermore, the plan is to join
the two original buildings together, creating a shorter path that links the
buildings only.
As the third building and a second car park will be built on the site of the
original sports field, a new, smaller sports field will need to be laid. A new
road will also be built from the main entrance to the second car park.
Finally, no changes will be made to the main entrance and original car
park.
(183 words, band 9)

Task 1 sample 6

The charts below show the results of a questionnaire that asked
visitors to the Parkway Hotel how they rated the hotel’s customer
service. The same questionnaire was given to 100 guests in the
years 2005 and 2010.

IELTS task 1 sample 6

The pie charts compare visitors’ responses to a survey about customer
service at the Parkway Hotel in 2005 and in 2010.
It is clear that overall customer satisfaction increased considerably from
2005 to 2010. While most hotel guests rated customer service as
satisfactory or poor in 2005, a clear majority described the hotel’s service
as good or excellent in 2010.
Looking at the positive responses first, in 2005 only 5% of the hotel’s
visitors rated its customer service as excellent, but this figure rose to 28%
in 2010. Furthermore, while only 14% of guests described customer
service in the hotel as good in 2005, almost three times as many people
gave this rating five years later.
With regard to negative feedback, the proportion of guests who
considered the hotel’s customer service to be poor fell from 21% in 2005
to only 12% in 2010. Similarly, the proportion of people who thought
customer service was very poor dropped from 15% to only 4% over the
5-year period. Finally, a fall in the number of ‘satisfactory’ ratings in 2010
reflects the fact that more people gave positive responses to the survey
in that year.
(193 words, band 9)

Task 1 sample 7

The pie charts below compare water usage in San Diego, California
and the rest of the world.

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The pie charts give information about the water used for residential,
industrial and agricultural purposes in San Diego County, California, and
the world as a whole.
It is noticeable that more water is consumed by homes than by industry
or agriculture in the two American regions. By contrast, agriculture
accounts for the vast majority of water used worldwide.
In San Diego County and California State, residential water consumption
accounts for 60% and 39% of total water usage. By contrast, a mere 8%
of the water used globally goes to homes. The opposite trend can be
seen when we look at water consumption for agriculture. This accounts
for a massive 69% of global water use, but only 17% and 28% of water
usage in San Diego and California respectively.
Such dramatic differences are not seen when we compare the figures for
industrial water use. The same proportion of water (23%) is used by
industry in San Diego and worldwide, while the figure for California is 10%
higher, at 33%.
(168 words, band 9)

Task 2

Book 1 samples

Sample 1

Do you agree that the advantages cars bring outweigh the disadvantages ?

Using cars has been becoming increasingly common in recent years. Although I
think that it maintains some obvious harmful consequences, I strongly believe that
the advantages of the car can outweigh its advantages.
On the one hand, owning cars has a significant influence on the environment. The
first reason is that the growth in travelling by car can lead to a rise in pollution,
traffic jams, and accidents. More cars are likely to result in rocketing rate of
pollution. Secondly, our dependence on cars can lead to decrease in practices,
such as walking and cycling. People may have a higher chance of carrying more
potential health risks like obesity and heart attack.
On the other hand, there are many reasons why people prefer to own cars. Firstly,
it provides people with the freedom of movement. The ease of transportation
which a car brings is significant/prominent than any other form of vehicles. For
example, you can go from a destination to another destination and no time is
wasted waiting for the bus or train. Therefore, time and distance are not barriers
anymore. Secondly, personal cars can give comfort while travelling compared to
the public transports which are so crowded and disgusting. For instance, you can
read books, listen to your favourite songs or even play with kids while you are in
your own car but all seems to be impossible on a public transport. Finally,
families can go together. This becomes especially helpful when there are elderly,
the disabled or even sick members in the families.
In conclusion, having a car can lead to a few obvious problems, but I believe that
owning a car is the best choice and the benefits that it brings about can outshine its
drawbacks.
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Sample 2

When choosing a job, the salary is the most important consideration.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
It is true that salary plays an integral part in selecting career/choosing a job.
While I accept that this may suite to many people, I believe that there are many
ones choosing jobs according to other considerations.
On the one hand, there are a variety of reasons / various reasons for considering
salary as the most crucial factor. A high income guarantees a high standard quality
of life, in which the people can afford their increasing demand on not only human
basic needs but also luxurious things such as brand new accessories or overseas
holidays. Besides/ In addition, many people set salary as a measure of their
working capacity as well as their level in the company. The higher income they
receive, the more valuable they are in their prospective employment; therefore,
not only the amount of money itself but also made-up reputation makes the salary
the most concerned matter in job selection.
On the other hand, there is an increasing number of people considering other
conditions to make a decision on job movement. The working environment is
highlighted in the requirement of many job seekers, especially for people who
adore the freedom and outdoor activities. In fact, they cannot stand on the job
which requires 8 hours of sitting in front of the computer every day like a bank
officer even though this vacancy is offered the extremely competitive salary in the
job market. In addition, contribution to the society is also an interesting matter that
a lot of people choose. For example, instead of working for a big consulting firm
in the city, many friends of mine go to rural areas, assisting and improving the
performance of local enterprises. They receive a tiny amount of money, but they
are happy with their choices because they help to increase the average income of
the local residents.
In conclusion, it is certainly true that the salary is important in job selection of
many people, but this is by no means the key consideration for everybody in
making a career decision.
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sample 3

Some people believe that unpaid community service should be a compulsory
part of high school programmes (for example working for a charity, improving
the neighborhood or teaching sports to younger children). To what extent do
you agree or disagree?
Some people think that free social activities should be a mandatory part of high
school programs. While students who take part in these activities may face some
unexpected issues, I agree that educators should design required community
services for their high school students without any payments.
On the one hand, the most considerable trouble affects students when participating
in public activities is the shortage of time. Particularly, they may be less focused
on their core lessons in class, even lack leisure time because of spending too
much time for community services. Besides, there are obligatory services which
do not suit to everyone. For example, working for a charity at mountainous places
or suburban areas requires students to have to go far away or teaching sports to
younger children at outdoor stadium demands a good health. All of these types of
work do not fit to the weak girls or unhealthy students.
On the other hand, attending unpaid public services will bring great benefits to
high school students. Firstly, these programs create a positive environment for
students to be raised in a holistic way, not only improving their social knowledge
but also motivate their perception about the outdoor life. This is really an
appropriate method to train them on how to work for the interest of community
instead of living only for themselves. Secondly, taking part in public activities
such as volunteer campaigns and charity organizations is a highlighted point which
makes their resume brilliant. If an applicant who has the same qualification, as
well as experiences with other candidates, would like to apply for a scholarship
or a competitive job, his past activities for the interest of community may make an
outstanding contribution in helping him defeat the others.
In conclusion, although there are some disadvantages, it seems to me that we
should design more unpaid obligatory community programs for high school
students.
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sample 4

People should follow the customs and traditions when people start to live in a
new country. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
In the modern busy life, there are a large number of immigrants who have been
willing to have a comfortable life in other nations. Many advocate that people
should conform to the local customs and traditions when they settle in a new
country. From my respective, I strongly agree with this idea because of some
problems and benefits that people can face with them.
There are two important reasons why newcomers should blend into the local
culture in the host country. Firstly, the refusal to adapt to host environment would
create a cultural barrier for immigrants. This leads to social isolation, which has
negative influences on people’s lives. Secondly, it is logical/true that limited
knowledge of local customs may result in some illegal actions in the host country
and make local/native people unpleased. For instance, in Singapore, one of the
cleanest countries in Asia, local residents consider anyone dirty and ill-mannered
if they litter the street or spit gum in the public.
Newcomers can gain some benefits if they adopt the customs and traditions of a
new country. One benefit is that if immigrants behave in accordance with the local
norms, they will be accepted easily by local inhabitants, and as a result, they can
receive/gain respects and affections as well as some help from the local. For
example, when the enterprises want to expand their production in a new country,
they must be aware of business practices there, which provides them with useful
information to maximise profits. Another benefit is that newcomers might gain the
richness of knowledge by virtue of the local customs and traditions, which enables
them to actively participate in the activities of the community. In many festivals,
people are able to participate/join freely and feel harmonious like their own
country.
In conclusion, I would argue that people who dwell in a new country should
follow the customs and traditions which local people observe.
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sample 5

There are many different types of music in the world today. Why do we need
music? Is the traditional music of a country more important than the
international music that is heard everywhere nowadays?
It is generally known that music holds an indispensable position for our mentality.
There is a wide range of explanations for the necessity of music. Personally, I
hold the perception that the traditional music of a country, compared with foreign
music, is definitely more invaluable.
It is undoubted that music is of necessity for human’s lives. First of all, music is
considered as an efficiently recreational activity for people after a long day of
hard work. Students and officers nowadays have to suffer from an enormous
amount of stress from their study and work. As a matter of fact, music allows them
to refresh their own moods and to be full of beans. Secondly, music is highly
appreciated for its representation of culture and custom of a country. For instance,
Vietnamese folk songs vividly convey how industrious Vietnamese is to introduce
to international visitors.
From my perspective, the value of the traditional music overweighs that of the
international one which is widely listened to by a vast majority of young people,
especially teenagers all over the world. Despite the fact that hit songs are
eventful, catchy and bring us enthusiasm, they have no virtuous or meaningful
messages. The traditional music, meanwhile, passes historical and traditional
values on the fellow generations, which reminds them of patriotism and national
proudness. Moreover, International music has recently been used for commercial
purposes to gain a reputation for entertainment companies or celebrities, it has no
value at all in the long run.
In conclusion, music plays a vital part in life and I strongly believe that the role of
the traditional music should be recognized than that of the international music.
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sample 6

Many people choose to work or live abroad because of the higher standards
of living they can find outside their home country. Do you think this brings
more advantages or disadvantages to the people who follow this path?
In recent decades witnessed an increase in the proportion of foreign settlement,
raising many questions of safety and integration. Although the ideas of potential
drawbacks appear to be reasonable, I think living abroad will pay dividends.
On the one hand, there is a myriad of benefits when it comes to living abroad.
First, Residing in another nation is conducive to the liberty from the rigid laws
and social norms. For example, Homosexual individuals in Russia have a
propensity to move to other European countries because Homosexual intercourse
means capital punishment. Second, the Foreign residence is invariably associated
with higher opportunities of experiencing a more progressive and standardized
learning environment. This means would act as an incentive for their acquisition
of academic and empirical knowledge, promoting their career prospects with
better social status.
On the other hand, there are some potential problems pertaining to working or
living in a foreign environment. First, Individuals moving abroad themselves
could be highly sensitive to homesickness and nostalgia. This psychological
disorders would discourage their desire for integration, increasing the likelihood
of isolation from the locals outside. In addition, the foreign settlement could
culminate in the issues of cultural clash due to religious beliefs. For example,
Some Islamic refugees are susceptible to racial discrimination and even physical
battery due to the prejudice that Islamism is the cause of terrorism.
In conclusion, despite the ideas of safety and assimilation difficulties, the foreign
residence would offer a better living standard in terms of liberty and education
prospects.
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Book 1 Sample 7 

Some people think that it is best to live in a horizontal city while others think
of a vertical city. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
The idea that, whether dwelling in horizontal areas or in vertical ones is more
beneficial, remains a source of controversy. While some individuals say that they
prefer living in horizontal central, I would argue that it would be better to reside
in high-rise building areas.
On the one hand, a horizontal city has its own notable merits. Firstly, the service
expenditure in their accommodation is not as costly as in the vertical city. On
account of the fact that the security charge or elevator fees will not be included if
they reside in merely a double-storied building. Secondly, it is widely
acknowledged that each person is capable of extricating easily from emergency
cases such as fire, construction collapse and avoiding elevator accidents.
Furthermore, the comfortable and roomy living space in vertical centrals makes a
major contribution to render an enjoyable life that helps to release their stress and
strain.
On the other hand, I strongly believe that living in vertical cities is much more
advantageous. The first benefit is that vertical areas can resolve the issue of
accommodation shortage due to the population explosion in metropolitan centrals.
As a matter of fact, there are more and more multi-story apartments where
hundreds of civilians could experience the co-habitant environment in lieu of
solo-dwelling in separately private houses which will account for a great deal of
the residential area. Another benefit is that a wide range of goods and services
such as rental offices, shopping malls, coffee shops are associated together in
many skyscrapers in a ubiquitous way. For instance, a considerable number of
apartments in Ho Chi Minh City are utilized not only for residential property but
also for commercial purposes as supermarkets or gymnasiums, listed as some
examples, which will create the convenience for dwellers at the max rate.
In conclusion, it seems to me that it is better to live in a vertical city because of
some outstanding points although other people insist on preferring a horizontal
central.
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Book 1 Sample 8 

Nowadays the way many people interact with each other has changed
because of technology. In what ways has technology affected the types of
relationships that people make? Has this been a positive or negative
development?
In the world nowadays, the behavior of people with their partners has altered
since the light of the proliferation of technology. There are a variety of ways that
personal relationships have been influenced by the use of technical devices and I
believe that the benefits of this change outweigh the drawbacks.
The two main effects on friendships which can be obviously seen are not only
how people show their emotions but also the ways that they contact each other.
Firstly, by reading the statuses written on social networks, teenagers can update
the situation of their friends every day. Lots of people are choosing to talk to their
partners by the assistance of video calls in lieu of going to restaurants or café to
save time and money. Secondly, should a person install some social networks such
as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and apps like that, he can illustrate his feeling
which may be unreal on the statuses and pictures of his friends. This is the reason
why close relationships have declined, by contrast, losing touch with distant
friends is not necessarily an unfavorable issue.
The adjustment of the way that people interact is beneficial based on two key
reasons. First, the use of handheld devices increasing significantly in recent years
assists the users in getting in touch more easily and faster with their companions
than in approximately three decades ago. For example, while it took about at least
one week to deliver the letters of a temper in the past, current residents can
receive immediately the vital messages in a few seconds. Furthermore, the social
relations of every individual are expanding day by day. Residents nowadays
establish easily a relationship with a foreigner who is living in another country.
In conclusion, there are some changes in relationships towards eschewing
traditional communication methods like letters in favor of modern gadgets and I
am firm in my belief that this improvement is convenient for people in some
aspects.
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Book 1 Sample 9

International tourism is now more common than ever before. Some feel that
this is a positive trend, while others do not.
What are your opinions on this?
In line with the shift in time, a recent phenomenon on the tourism of citizens
indicates some concerns in terms of problems from international tourists. This
essay will elaborate on some probable causes and positive solutions which can
improve this situation.
There are some widespread reasons why local people consider that tourists who
are from other countries would have some negative impacts on their societies.
Firstly, the consciousness of tourists about saving the environment of the country
where they visit is seen as the main reason, for example, some foreign tourists
often draw their marks on the wall in historical places like temple or museum as
well as litter beautiful landscapes such as famous beaches. Secondly, nowadays
some tourists take advantages from visiting another country to stay illegally. For
instance, there are a large number of people from developing countries travel to
South Korean nowadays, and their purpose is to reside without being accepted
immigration, so it would be complicated for the government of the country to
manipulate illegal immigrants.
Therefore/Subsequently/Inevitably, some measures should be implemented to deal
with these issues of international tourism. It is necessary for the host countries to
be strict to tourism agencies about ensuring that they would not let their customers
commit any unfit behavior which is mentioned above by giving some strict rules.
For example, the financial and prison punishments for tourists who lack
awareness should be implemented. Another remedy is that local people especially
youngsters can participate in some volunteer activities to introduce the beauty of
their culture and landscape to tourists so the visitors have more respect for the
country they visit.
In conclusion, by conducting some positive solutions to resolve common negative
belief of local people, this situation would be better.
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Book 1 Sample 10

Some people think that parents should teach children how to be good
members of society. Others, however, believe that school is the place to learn
this.
Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
People have different views about how well older people educate children to
become valuable citizens. While some argue that it would be better for children to
be disciplined by their parents, I believe that children should be educated how to
become respectable/decent citizens at school.
There are various reasons why people believe that parents should teach their
children to adopt/develop/build up good manners. Firstly, children are prone to
listen to their parents who are powerful in families. For example, children might
worry about wrong actions, which leads to their making a decision as to whether
they should commit/display such behaviour pattern if they have ever been
punished by their parents before. Secondly, children have a close relationship
with their parents whom they always count on whenever they meet toughs in their
life. Children, therefore, may pour their concern easily into parent’s heart so
parents are able to give advice timely, which is one of the most important factors
to deter children from becoming perverse. Finally, not only do parents bring their
children rights verbally, but also their life behaviors can have profound influences
on their children because children tend to imitate actions of older people.
In spite of these arguments, I hold the perception that/I am inclined to argue that
schooling would play an essential role in the formation of children’s characters.
Except for homes, school is the place children spend the biggest amount of time.
Thus, teachers are likely to be second parents to instruct children in being aware
of the rights and the wrongs in every walk of life. Admittedly, teachers can be
stricter with children than parents given that parents usually spoil their children
excessively. Under this circumstance, educating in school is the best solution to
build a good personality of children. Moreover, school environment will enable
children to either find out their abilities or their desires by attending some
recreational physical activities or studying specific subjects; this is beneficial to
children in becoming well-rounded individuals in the future.
In conclusion, apart from being primarily responsible for educating children from
parents, schools also prevent children from the misguided frame of mind to be
productive people in society.
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Book 1 Sample 11

Everyone should become vegetarian because they do not need to eat meat to
have a healthy diet. Do you agree or disagree?
With veganism trend, many people are convincing themselves that plant-based
foods can suffice when it comes to daily nutrient needs, so they tend to remove all
traces of meat from their diets. However, I have to (politely) disagree with the
anti-meat argument.
There are a variety of reasons why people should have meat-related foods in their
meals. First, many important nutrients derive from animal sources. For example, if
we are meant to subsist on vegetables alone, we will experience vitamin
deficiencies because of some of the vitamins can only be obtained from meat.
Another reason is that meat helps keep blood sugar levels stable due to its fat and
high protein content. Steady blood sugar level is critical in preventing diabetes, as
well as other chronic diseases. Moreover, with a moderate level of blood sugar,
people are less likely to drool for fattening snacks and sweets which are unhealthy
foods.
Apart from the practical advantages expressed above, meat offers a host of
critical health benefits. Firstly, when people work themselves to the bone trying to
gain muscle, they have to nourish their body appropriately. In fact, they can take
protein supplements, but the best source of protein is fresh meat. Meat contains
vitamins and minerals like zinc that aid muscle growth, which assists in muscle
repair. Secondly, meat is one of the best sources of iron, which boosts energy
levels and combats fatigue. Iron deficits can easily put people at risk of anemia
and low energy, which is why anemia is a chronic problem for vegetarians.
In conclusion, with the reasons mentioned above, I think that people should not cut
meat out of their diets because it has too much to offer.
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Book 1 Sample 12

Several languages are in danger of extinction because they are spoken by a
very small number of people. Some people say that governments should spend
public money on saving these languages, while others believe that would be a
waste of money. Discuss both these views and give your opinion
Globalization has been taking place so fast that some languages such as English,
Spanish or Chinese have become virtually universal languages, which effectively
helps to foster communications among various nations while unpopular languages
spoken by ethnic minorities are more likely to go extinct. Therefore, some people
believe that public investments on saving the highly likely-extinct languages are
totally wasteful and futile; However, I believe all languages should be protected
and preserved.
On the one hand, the biggest drawback of saving minority languages is the
problem in efficiency which people are confronted. Firstly, there have been
millions of people in need of help to overcome far more urgent issues such as
battling against severe starvation or mass disease, and then it followed that
investment on minority language is reportedly considered a needless waste of
money. Secondly, the wider the variety of languages is, the less efficient the
conversations among people coming from different countries are. For example, the
fact that people speaking different languages have to make much more effort and
time as well as misunderstand each other when communicating make transaction
cost increase.
Despite the above argument, I believe that governments should immediately
embark upon protecting and preserving the languages that are less spoken. A
language not only is the means of communication but also reflects distinctive
cultures of various nations. If a significant number of languages go extinct, the
world will be standardized and there will be a decline in cultural diversity. As a
result, societies are unlikely to progress to higher stages of development.
In conclusion, I believe that the short-term benefits in term of cost saving, which is
derived from the objection against saving the minor languages should not outweigh
the long benefits in term of high diversity.
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Book 1 Sample 13

It is more important for schoolchildren to learn about local history than world
history. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
It is an indisputable fact that history plays an essential role in the educational
system all over the world. However, children nowadays are getting overwhelmed
with a considerable range of historical knowledge; some people, for that reason,
believe that students should only focus on local history. In my opinion, both local
and world history ought to be taught on account of tremendous benefits they bring.
To begin with, local history is completely a great importance, especially for
schoolchildren due to the fact that it is not merely a particular subject at school but
the responsibility of every single student for their own country. To put it another
way, through history, children are able to establish a national identity which is
likely to enhance a sense of patriotism that encourages them to preserve/uphold
traditional values.
From another angle, learning global history is truly necessary as well. As a matter
of fact, the definition of globalization today is becoming more and more popular,
studying world history, therefore, keeps young learners up to date and indeed
gives them more opportunities to get exposed to the outside world, which they
definitely cannot learn through domestic one. Besides, world history also
increases the chances of boosting/improving employment prospects in future
career. Take Japanese firms for a typical example, owing to the appreciation of
Japanese companies to a deep insight of their culture, it is totally advantageous for
employees who acquire a wide knowledge of Japanese history.
In conclusion, both local history and world history are extremely important for
students because of their huge pros. Therefore they should be taught widely in the
school curriculum.
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Book 1 Sample 14

In the future, it seems it will be more difficult to live on the Earth. Some
people think more money should be spent on researching other planets to live,
such as Mars. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
As humans are becoming too vulnerable on Earth, some people believe
people/governments should pour more money into space research because of the
quest for a new homeland. I totally agree with this view.
On the one hand, it is undeniable that the Earth is no longer able to sustain human
lives. Firstly, environmental degradation is happening at a rapid speed, leading to
natural resources depletion. One potent example of this is the
lack/shortage/scarcity of clean water, particularly in developing countries, is
becoming more severe and insurmountable to deal with. In addition, fighting the
greenhouse effect, which has resulted in not only climate change but also the
destruction of habitat, is becoming more arduous and expensive than ever. This is
partly because of the reliance on fossil fuels: the more humans use them, the more
serious pollutions they would cause.
On the other hand, space exploration has been playing a crucial part in
revolutionizing mankind civilization. One reason is that it is discovering the
mysteries of the universe, which is also offering humans knowledge about planet
Earth. For instance, the information collected from space robes helped people
explain the origin of the Earth. Another reason is that a vast number of state-ofthe-
art technologies stem from space research. Satellite technology, from which
satellite television and GPS devices have been invented, is one of them.
Apparently, researching into other planets has produced many spin-offs for
solving problems on Earth.
In conclusion, I would restate that space exploration is essential and worthy to
develop because this planet is becoming too dangerous for mankind to live.
261 words

Book 1 Sample 15

Consumers are faced with increasing numbers of advertisements from
competing companies. To what extent do you think consumers are influenced
by advertisements? What measures can be taken to protect them?
In recent years rather than being well-informed about details of newly launched
products, people are bombarded with all kinds of advertisements. I believe the
excessive popularity of advertisements has profound influences on customers and
there are some measures which can protect them.
The increasing prevalence of advertising exerts several detrimental effects on
consumers. First, commercials might stimulate people to purchase products that
they do not really need. In order to approach prospective customers and create
brand awareness, many enterprises tend to exaggerate the quality of their products.
As a result, unwary consumers who are swayed by glamorous advertisements are
easily tempted to impulsively buy goods that are of little use to them. Second, the
rising popularity of advertising can also encourage people to form bad habits. For
example, as youngsters are not mature enough to distinguish right from wrong or
judge what is suitable within society, they might become addicted to playing video
games if they are exposed to commercials promoting those products on a frequent
basis.
There are several approaches that should be taken into consideration to protect
consumers from the adverse effects of advertising. Governments should impose a
strict regulation on the advertising industry. Under stringent control, most
businesses would be more responsible and truthful in promoting their products
whether through online advertisements or commercial advertising on prime-time
television. This would enable consumers to choose the most suitable and reliable
products with greater trust and confidence. Additionally, consumers should have a
thorough plan of what they are going to buy before they shop. By doing this,
people will have time to prepare and make a wise decision about what products
should be bought, which eventually save a great deal of money spent on
unnecessary advertised goods.
In conclusion, although the excessive prevalence of advertising brings a lot of
disadvantages to consumers, there are several effective approaches to protect
consumers from negative influences of advertising.
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Book 1 Sample 16

Some people believe that it is wrong to keep animals in zoos, while others
think that zoos are both entertaining and ecologically important. Discuss both
views.
People have different views about the right of animals. While there are some good
arguments against keeping animals in zoos, many people believe that zoos can be
beneficial in some perspectives.
On the one hand, there are some drawbacks towards the trend of keeping animals
in zoos. The main drawback of these is that animals can lose their instinct for
hunting or fighting, and this may have negative impacts on the animals when they
come back to wildlife. Another disadvantage of zoos is that they can go wrong
with the original purpose. In fact, there are some organizations who just focus on
profit rather than protecting animals. For example, they try to catch rare animals
and put them in the cage in order to attract more people and increase their profit.
Finally, animals are just like humans, they should have the right to enjoy their
freedom.
Despite the negatives mentioned above, zoos still have various benefits. Firstly,
they are built to protect endangered species such as panda or rhino from both
environmental harm and human activities. They also allow scientists to study
about animal characteristic and behaviour in a convenient way which can save a
lot of time and money. Secondly, zoos can help to promote the economy of the
local area by providing job opportunity and income for local residents. Lastly,
zoos are interesting and educational. For example, families with children can
enjoy their weekend in the zoo and also can teach their children about wildlife and
nature.
In conclusion, it is not wrong to keep animals in zoos but it should be conducted in
an appropriate and scientific way to bring the best benefits for both human and
animals.
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Book 1 Sample 17

Some people think that developing countries need financial help from
international organizations to continue their development. Some people argue
that practical aid or advice is more useful. Discuss both views and give your
own opinion.
People‘s views differ over whether developing nations should receive financial
or practical support from developed countries. In my book, I strongly believe that
practical assistance would substantially contribute to the long-term growth of
these countries.
On the one hand, getting monetary support/aid plays a crucial role in alleviating
various economic problems of a country. This amount of money would probably
make a huge difference in various aspects. In terms of transportation, the
government can distribute their budget to the construction of railways towards
slowing down traffic congestion. In terms of healthcare, it is vital to provide
ethnic minority at the local territory with free medical services or raise public
awareness through implementing nationwide campaigns. In addition, fiscal help
would also temporarily lift impoverished people out of hunger, and is used for
constructing some factories creating jobs for millions of residents. This would
greatly contribute to mitigating unemployment rate.
On the other hand, while grants might be misused for wrong purposes, it is easier
to take control of practical support. This would produce long-term measures to the
problems of developing nations. The prosperous countries could spend higheducated
experts to such nations in order to carry out a few training programs for
local workers. For example, Vietnam has an agricultural economy; however, it has
still struggled with low productivity for several decades due to the lack of
advanced technology. In this context, it would be valuable to Vietnam if Japanese
advisors travelled to Vietnam so as to introduce cutting-edge technology, for
instance. Therefore, practical assistance apparently brings about a wider range of
benefits than fiscal support.
In conclusion, I am in favour of the opinion that developing territories should
prioritize practical support over monetary help. Should these nations want to gain
a strong economy, they must get a practical contribution from international
institutions.
301 words

Book 1 Sample 18

Whether or not someone achieves their aims is mostly by a question of luck.
To what extent do you agree or not agree.
Many people argue that someone’s success is attributable to luck instead of their
own hard work. However, I totally disagree with this opinion.
First, I do believe that being successful requires determination and huge effort.
For example, Thomas Edison had continuously failed hundreds of times before
inventing a variety of creations, in which the light bulb is the most popular
invention. Without his infinite patience and diligent work, the scientist could not
possess many different patents which remarkably influence our daily life. Another
case of success through determination and passion is Steve Job, who kept pursuing
his dream despite being kicked out of his own company. Passion and persistence
led him to spend thousands of hours coding and experimenting to finally create a
new operating system which strongly/significantly changes the world of
technology. Therefore, passion, determination, and hard work are the key traits to
succeed, which illustrates a greater importance than luck.
Second, luck only makes a modest contribution to someone’s achievement. For the
student who prays every night to pass the exam, there is very little chance for him
to complete the test perfectly without any study or review. At least, the student has
to study hard on some key issues and luck does the last if the question in exam
relates to what he has known. However, in lottery case, it is undeniable to say that
luck is purely the reason turning one person to an overnight millionaire. However/
Nevertheless, the nearly zero percent of probability to win a lottery clearly proves
that luck only comes by a small chance and cannot be the key point added to the
success of everyone.
In conclusion, I completely disagree with the idea that it’s all the matter of luck to
succeed as there are other more important factors including passion,
determination, and hard work.
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Book 1 Sample 19

University students always focus on one specialist subject, but some people
think universities should encourage their students to study a range of subjects
in addition to their own subject. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
It is true that students in university are now placing much attention on the subjects
related to their own future career. However, some critics argue that universities
should resort to some measures to have their students study more diverse subjects.
In my view, I accept that studying more subjects makes students become more
mature to some extent, yet I believe that it is legitimate for them to merely focus on
their major subjects.
On the one hand, learning/mastering more subjects bring people more knowledge
and a well-rounded perspective of life. It is undeniable that many subjects in the
tertiary curriculum are very important in practical terms. For example, History
teaches young generations about how their ancestors fought against outside
intruders and made sacrifices to protect their motherland and the sovereignty of
their nations. Therefore, this subject fosters a sense of patriotism for the students.
However, the intense syllabus of universities often makes students feel
overwhelmed with a great amount of information to cram in.
On the other hand, in the digital era, people need to be skillful in the major they
choose to pursue. It appears indisputable that studying many subjects would
distract students from their specialty. Moreover, along with the information
explosion, people can easily mitigate their lack of knowledge after graduating
from universities. Information is now widely available on the Internet with high
accuracy. Besides, encouraging students to focus on some subjects can effectively
build up a strong workforce which has the ability to foster general prosperity of a
nation.
In conclusion, although some people argue that students should study more
subjects, I would side with those who believe it is indispensable for tertiary
students to excel in one field of expertise.
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Book 1 Sample 20

International travel has many advantages to both travelers and the country
visited. Do you think advantages outweigh disadvantages?
It is true that the growth of the international tourism has exerted positive
influences on tourists as well as the host country. While there are some drawbacks
of international travel, I still believe that these cannot overshadow the benefits.
On the one hand, the downsides of international travel are varied. In terms of the
tourists themselves, travel expenses to famous tourist destinations such as Ha
Long Bay in Vietnam are grossly inflated. Travelers may be overcharged for
everything from a taxi, accommodation or a meal in a restaurant. In terms of the
host country, international travel can also pose a threat to the environment. If the
amount of rubbish illegally dumped into the surroundings and the construction of
hotels and tourist attractions were unregulated, it would lead to a rise in the levels
of pollution and greatly damage the environment. For example, many beach resorts
in Vietnam have become concrete jungles of high-rise hotels and apartments to
satisfy the increasing demand for accommodation of mass tourists from Europe.
On the other hand, I still believe that the advantages of international travel
outweigh the disadvantages. First, a trip to another country can provide travelers
with countless opportunities to gain a lot of fascinating experiences of cuisine and
culture. For instance, when foreign tourists come to Vietnam, they have a chance to
use chopsticks, enjoy traditional meals and have a thorough insight into local life.
Second, the influx of foreign tourists can also contribute greatly to the
development of the host country through the provision of jobs and services for the
developing hotels and construction industries. This positively affects the host
country’s economic expansion and ameliorate local citizens’ standards of living.
In conclusion, it appears to me that the drawbacks of international travel cannot
eclipse the benefits.
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Book 1 Sample 21

Out of a country’s health budget, a large proportion should be diverted from
treatment to spending on health education and preventative measures. To
what extent do you agree or disagree with the above statement?
In this world, many people are dying from various types of health-related
problems due to the lacking of appropriate health education and preventive
actions. That is why the government expends a huge amount of money finding an
appropriate approach to this matter. By this, I mean that more money needs to be
spent on programmes to prevent major illnesses and educate the public on their
dangers.
There is a lot of ignorance about many common health problems, like heart
disease for example. Many of these can be predicted/avoided, or their
symptoms/effects radically reduced, if more people are made aware of them
through public education programmes. This has already been proven in many
countries. The UK, for instance, has seen a remarkable decrease in the number of
women dying from breast cancer because social marketing campaigns provide
information on potential threats and promote regular self-examination to discover
this critical disease. With public awareness at its highest level ever, citizens are
more health conscious and have the tendency to perform periodic medical checkup,
which is beneficial in the long run.
Although I am strongly in favour of spending money on such programmes, I do not
believe that the current health budget should suffer/ be maximized for this sole
purpose. The day to day treatment which patients are currently undergoing/
experiencing is just as important. We must find the money for this crucial cause
elsewhere. At the moment our government spends billions of dollars on weapons.
If they diverted/ reallocated only a fraction of this into the health budget, medical
facilities could be extensively improved and aids are given to more
underprivileged people. Ultimately this would result in a significant reduction in
the number of patients whose illnesses have not been prevented and in need of
urgent medication, which, along with health-protecting and preventive programs,
can improve the health of the nation as a whole.
In the end, whilst it is important to invest in a range of treatments available to
people currently receiving them, I firmly believe that the government should also
place an importance on disbursing the money to implement programmes which
keep us in good health.
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Book 1 Sample 22

Some people believe that studying at university or college is the best route to
a successful career, while others believe that it is better to get a job straight
after school. Discuss both views.
Nowadays, there has been a growing debate whether it is a better way for young
people to continue study at higher education institutions such as college and
university or to work after graduating from school in order to achieve early
success. While there are benefits to working/ having early employment after high
school, there are also good reasons why students should proceed their education
further.
On the one hand, working straight after school is attractive for several reasons.
Firstly, young people can start making money earlier that those who have to go to
university. Therefore, they can afford their own living expenses, become more
independent and mature. This advantage also helps them to ease the financial
burden for their family. Secondly, those people/ they are more likely to make a
faster/ more advanced progress/ fast track to a successful career since they do not
have to spend many years in university or college. Instead, this amount of time can
be converted to earning working experiences in some specific areas. As a result,
they can be more attractive/outstanding to employers who look for employees that
have/ those having practical knowledge and skills.
On the other hand, there are many benefits to having higher education after high
school graduation. First, universities or colleges prepare/ equip young people
with higher-level qualifications, which is what most employers requirement these
days/ as a certificate for their abilities and knowledge, which most employers
want to ensure/ expect. In addition, as a consequent of globalization, the job/labor
market is becoming increasingly demanding and competitive. Thus, it is obvious
that candidates with eligible qualifications can open the door/ can easily and
securely get access to better employment prospects. Furthermore, university
graduates can expect a much higher salary than those without equivalent education.
For example, in Vietnam, job seekers who hold degrees in finance or medication
are offered impressive salary ranges amount along with other benefits such as
paid holidays, insurance and bonus. However, as a matter of fact, those without
degrees are not trusted for professional positions; instead, they must start from
basic and low-paid tasks to acquire sufficient requirements for the job, not to
mention it may be impossible to become a doctor or lawyer without having the
relevant degree.
In conclusion, it seems evident that working right after school and getting higher
education/ joining the workforce and continuing their education beyond high
school level each have their own unique advantages. People should consider their
career option and individual preference to make the decision regarding this matter.
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Book 1 Sample 23

Schools should not force children to learn a foreign language. To what extent
do you agree or disagree?
In the educational field, people have different views on the question of whether
the foreign language should not be compulsory for children. Personally, while I
tend towards this point of view, I also believe that it should be of great necessity
for students to acquire another language apart from their mother tongue.
On the one hand, there are various compelling reasons why school children do not
need to learn a second language. Firstly, it is non-essential for those who do not
have the needs of fulfilling the expectations of studying abroad. As a consequence,
it may lead to the counter-productivity in their studies when they are given a sense
of compulsion. Another reason is that children may be reluctant in learning
without full awareness of the relevance of obligatory school subjects to their
presents and future lives. This situation, therefore, may turn into depression,
which has an adverse impact on their psychological health.
On the other hand, I believe that learning a new language plays a crucial role in
children’s lives. In my opinion, those who begin to learn a foreign language in
primary school are usually able to have a good grasp of the new language quickly.
Consequently, they rarely find themselves out of their depth. Furthermore,
bilingual students are believed to have an advantage over others who only know
how to use one language. Specifically, they may have greater learning capability
for other disciplines as well.
In conclusion, while it can be unnecessary for children to learn a second language,
it seems to me that acquiring a new language should be given a high priority and
be advisable for students to make the grade in their studies.
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Book 1 Sample 24

The diagram below shows the life cycle of a salmon, from egg to adult fish.

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The diagram illustrates the stages in the life of the salmon, from birth to
maturity.
It is clear that there are six* main stages as the salmon develops from
egg to mature adult. We can also see that salmon spend time in three
distinct locations during the cycle, moving from river to estuary to ocean
and then back upstream.
Salmon begin their lives in rivers where the adult fish lay and incubate
their eggs. After emerging from eggs, the young salmon spend the next
stage of their lives being reared in freshwater areas. Then, at some point
in their development, the fish swim downstream to river estuaries where
rearing continues.
Following the estuary rearing period, the maturing salmon migrate to the
ocean, where they eventually become fully grown adults. Finally, the
adult fish travel back upstream to spawning areas of rivers; here they
reproduce and lay their eggs, and the life cycle begins anew.
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* I wrote “six” main stages because these are the stages that I describe
in paragraphs 3 and 4.

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Book 2 Samples

Book 2 Sample 1 

Wild animals have no place in the 21st century, so protecting them is a waste
of resources. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
There is an opinion saying that protecting wild animals is a waste of time and
efforts since they are not necessary anymore in the 21st century. Personally, I
disagree with this statement for reasons outlined below.
It is nonsense to say wild animals have no part in the 21st century since they
always play an important role in the environment. Whether in the Stone Age,
medieval age or modern age, animals, and plants have been living together and
forming a balance in life that no humans can make. Plants give off oxygen and
foods, while animals help plants grow and multiply. If we don’t protect wild
animals well, most of them will go extinct due to overhunting, which will break
the balance of nature and lead to many adverse consequences of deforestation,
hurricane, and other terrible disasters.
It takes resources to protect wild animals, but their existence will bring other
benefits to the nations that preserve/conserve them. Wildlife, zoos and
preservation/conservation areas that allow tourists to visit would generate a large
amount of income each year to the countries in charge while they can even take
pride in themselves for having some of the rarest wild animals in the world, not to
mention the environment protection along with it. In addition, most of the cost for
protecting the wild animals is covered by various international funds all over the
world, so having rare species is more of a blessing than a burden to a country.
In conclusion, wild animals deserve to live freely under protection of humans due
to the significance/importance of their existence and the benefits they are bringing.
We should do everything we can to protect them for the sake of ourselves and our
future generations.
288 words

Book 2 Sample 2

Many people go to university for academic study. More people should be
encouraged to do vocational training because there is a lack of qualified
workers such as electricians and plumbers. To what extent do you agree or
disagree?
Nowadays, a large number of people study academic subjects at university instead
of attending/taking part in/partaking in vocational training courses. While I accept
that a university degree is also essential and beneficial, I totally agree that we
should encourage people to become qualified workers such as electricians or
plumbers
There are two important reasons why more vocationally-trained workers are
required. Firstly, when buildings are constructed or repaired, a source of
electricians, plumbers or other trades are vital. For example, material facilities in
some key fields such as hospitals, schools, museums usually need to be expanded
or maintained. Having trained workers operate such/those kinds of work can not
only ensure the safety of the buildings but also lead to an improvement in the
quality of life of the whole community. Secondly, there are too many academic
graduates in the same major in some countries every year. Consequently, the
proportion of graduate unemployment is increasing significantly each year as well.
Therefore, the authorities in those countries need to ensure that extra vocational
training is provided.
More people should be encouraged to attend career-oriented courses/on-the-job
training to meet society’s needs. The schools should not just focus on exam-driven
curriculum which is found to be quite impractical and disheartens/demotivates
students when they have low grades. Schools, therefore, must make changes in the
curriculum and provide workshops to teach practical skills. Parents should also
encourage their children to find out their gifts and explain the good job prospects
to inspire them to choose vocational carriers.
In conclusion, I agree that it is essential that we encourage more people to attend
vocational training due to the fact that the more qualified workers meet the
society’s needs, the more our society can function effectively.
287 words

Book 2 Sample 3 

Many people go to university for academic study. More people should be
encouraged to do vocational training because there is a lack of qualified
workers such as electricians and plumbers. To what extent do you agree or
disagree?
Nowadays, a large number of people study academic subjects at university instead
of attending/taking part in/partaking in vocational training courses. While I accept
that a university degree is also essential and beneficial, I totally agree that we
should encourage people to become qualified workers such as electricians or
plumbers
There are two important reasons why more vocationally-trained workers are
required. Firstly, when buildings are constructed or repaired, a source of
electricians, plumbers or other trades are vital. For example, material facilities in
some key fields such as hospitals, schools, museums usually need to be expanded
or maintained. Having trained workers operate such/those kinds of work can not
only ensure the safety of the buildings but also lead to an improvement in the
quality of life of the whole community. Secondly, there are too many academic
graduates in the same major in some countries every year. Consequently, the
proportion of graduate unemployment is increasing significantly each year as well.
Therefore, the authorities in those countries need to ensure that extra vocational
training is provided.
More people should be encouraged to attend career-oriented courses/on-the-job
training to meet society’s needs. The schools should not just focus on exam-driven
curriculum which is found to be quite impractical and disheartens/demotivates
students when they have low grades. Schools, therefore, must make changes in the
curriculum and provide workshops to teach practical skills. Parents should also
encourage their children to find out their gifts and explain the good job prospects
to inspire them to choose vocational carriers.
In conclusion, I agree that it is essential that we encourage more people to attend
vocational training due to the fact that the more qualified workers meet the
society’s needs, the more our society can function effectively.
287 words

Book 2 Sample 4 

As well as making money, businesses also have social responsibilities. Do you
agree or disagree?
In the age of industrialization, making the greatest possible profit is supposed to
be the main purpose of any business. While this may be true to some extent, I
believe the responsibilities of businesses should include making money and
making contributions to the community. This can help not only the businesses to
grow but also the whole country to develop.
It goes without saying that earning profits is the ultimate aim of every company.
The first reason to be mentioned is businesses pay taxes for the government. With
that money, the government can build infrastructures such as hospitals, schools,
and parks to take care of citizen’s mental and physical wellbeing, which can
increase the standard of living of a certain country. Moreover, alongside the
development of businesses, more jobs are created. A profitable company will
consider expanding their business by building up other branches or investing
overseas. The necessity for larger numbers of employees is prominent, which can
solve the unemployment problem.
On the other hand, social responsibilities should also be seen as a long run
strategy of businesses. Firstly, businesses cannot earn profits without
consideration about the impacts of their operations on the people and the natural
surroundings. Companies have responsibilities to protect mother nature who
provides them with various materials as well as the users who consume almost all
of their products. Strengthening the mutual beliefs is a wise strategy. In addition,
big successful corporations can contribute to the quality of life of the society
through charity and financial scholarships. This is an investment for the future of
those companies. For example, Unilever often organizes contests with a big award
to support promising young generations. By doing so, it gains a lot of attention
from the society, especially the unveiled talented actors who can become their
efficient employees one day.
In conclusion, development of industry nowadays gives businesses various
opportunities to earn high profit. These businesses, however, need to take these
advantages not only to bolster the operations but also to improve the quality of life
of the community.
330 words

Book 2 Sample 5 

Some people say that the best way to improve public health is by increasing
the number of sports facilities. Others, however, say that this would be little
effects on public health and that other measures are required.
Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
While some people believe that building more sports facilities is the most
effective approach to improve residents’ health, others argue that this has not many
positive effects on public health and they require other measures. Personally, it
seems to me that citizens could gain undeniable advantages from exercising at
public sports places but other measures also play an integral role in public health
improvement.
On the one hand, because prevention is better than cure, constructing sports
facilities at public places is a useful way to prevent citizens from diseases. This
makes not only physical but also mental health better since those places attract
many people come and train together. Sports facilities, especially located in
public spaces will inspire residents, even children and the elderly to exercise.
Besides exercising physically together, citizens may share common things in their
life such as mutual interests which bring them closer and recover their spirit after
long working days. For example, after witnessing an upward trend in the number
of people participating sports games at public spaces, Thailand recorded a
significant reduction in the number of patients in hospitals to be treated by
psychological therapy.
On the other hand, healthcare system and educational methods are making
outstanding contributions to protecting public health. Firstly, modern hospital
facilities which government is taking into account ensure patients’ peace of mind
to be cured in case of suffering diseases. In addition, periodic health checks
organized by public hospitals help people diagnose potential risks of diseases and
find helpful treatments in an early manner. Lastly, educational methods raise
resident’s awareness in process of disease prevention and health promotion which
enable people to increase control over their health. Therefore, public health is
protected actively by residents’ medical knowledge.
In conclusion, while sports facilities certainly improve public health, I do believe
that other measures need to be invested in order to bring more medically mental
and physical benefits to residents
318 words

Book 2 Sample 6

Many people claiming that hopping from one workplace to another is more
beneficial than staying in one job for a very long time. Do you agree or
disagree?
It is true that people who find a job early in their working age and keep doing it
consistently are more likely to have/acquire/live in a successful working life.
While I accept that this may suit many people, I believe that switching jobs from
one to another eventually will lead to a fulfilling life.
On the one hand, there are several reasons why job seekers should make their
choice of profession early in their lives. Firstly, by doing so, they will not waste
their time on confusing what job should they take or start all over again in a new
working environment. As a result, they will likely enhance employment prospects
to be promoted higher positions in their career ladder with higher salary
packages, compared with their colleagues who are at the same age but lack
consistency in their choice. Secondly, if you luckily secure a job that gives you the
sense of satisfaction right at the first try, then it is reasonable to spend the rest of
your life to pursue that career. For example, many doctors who undertook years of
training and gaining many related qualifications when they studied at university
often get a very high salary with generous perks and feel so rewarded that they
don’t want to lose their jobs.
On the other hand, it is acceptable for some people to change their decision of
profession over time. To be more specific, newly graduated students who often
face psychosocial crisis based on their personal identity and role confusion have
to try many jobs before finally have a defined career path. That is because as you
experience a range of jobs, you will gradually realize your advantages as well as
your passion on which basis you will have a wise choice for your career.
Furthermore, there are various factors that can change people’s decision about a
job, such as working conditions, the atmosphere in a workplace or employment
prospects.
In conclusion, it is certainly true that having a defined career path early in your
life will lead to success, but this is by no means that people should not change
their job if they are not satisfied with the company or their role of themselves.
330 words

Book 2 Sample 7

The consumption of the world’s resources (oil, and water etc.) is increasing at
a dangerous rate. What are causes and solutions?
Over the past decades, the world has seen an alarming increase in terms of
consumption of natural resources such as coal, oil, and water. There are a variety
of forces that drive this trend and several solutions should be adopted to solve the
thorny issues which have arisen.
Excessive consumption of natural resources may be caused by various reasons.
Firstly, there is a clear connection between a number of global resources
consumed and the great boom of industry all around the world. In fact, in order to
ensure the operation of millions of machine playing a vital role in most of the
industrial sections, industrial sites, and huge resources such as water, electricity,
and oil are required which leads to overexploitation in these sources. Secondly,
since we have been living in the age of technology, we tend to be reliant on many
technology gadgets related to energy in almost every aspect of life, including
working, learning and entertaining. Besides, human beings have been wasting
natural resources when we use them over our demands or for inadequate ones
which lead to out of the resource in the future.
To tackle this taxing issue, there are various effective solutions that should be
taken into account. First, by carrying out selective industrial development plants,
the governments can limit the number of factories and industrial sites at a
reasonable level. This means that we can save not only energy but also money and
human resources to research and use other resources such as electricity from the
wind, solar power and renewable energy more widely. Second, in order to raise
the public awareness on using these resources, the authorities should conduct a
variety of massive campaigns to offer valuable information about this issue. For
example, using the bicycle as a means of transportation allows citizens not only to
reduce their reliance on fossil fuels but also to strengthen their physical health and
mental state.
In conclusion, it is clear that there are various reasons for this trend, however,
steps need to be taken to tackle this issue.
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Book 2 Sample 8

Advertisements are becoming more and more common in everyday life.
Is it a positive or negative development?
In light of fierce competitions between a rising number of firms, consumers are
now being bombarded with tons of advertisements. In this essay, I will
demonstrate that advertisements may trigger impulse buying before suggesting
some viable solutions that governments can adopt to alleviate the adverse impacts.
The foremost way companies choose to promote their products is attracting
people’s attention by visual arts. The exaggeration of a product’s features using
eye-catching graphics in commercials may sway people to purchase items when
they have no real need for it. This is reinforced by the appearance of celebrity
endorsements, which may greatly influence their fans who tend to imitate their
idols. OPPO, a mobile company, perfectly exemplifies this situation. Many
youngsters in Japan buy OPPO phones because their promotion campaign features
a prominent pop singer. Afterward, they often have to replace their phones upon
discovering that the products do not meet their needs.
In order to help consumers make more informed purchasing decisions, states could
take the following measures. First and foremost, they must regulate the content of
advertisements. Prior to the publishing of an advertisement, a rigorous check must
be conducted to ensure it reflects the actual quality of the product. This measure
ought to be implemented in tandem with educating consumers on how to filter the
information they watch on media mass. They have to consider whether the
commercial is accurate or not, then make more sensible/reasonable decisions. The
combination of these two methods may safeguard consumers against the
aforementioned detrimental effects.
In conclusion, advertisements may lure consumers into purchasing unnecessary
items and therefore governments should take immediate steps to weaken/minimise
their impacts.
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Book 2 Sample 9

Scientists say that in the future humanity will speak the same language.
Do you think this is a positive or negative social development?
Some researchers assume that humans will jointly communicate by solely one
language around the world in the future. While I acknowledge that this positively
affects on our society, I would argue that this also brings us cons.
On the one hand, regarding benefits, it is dominant for humans to speak official
terminology in several disciplines such as technology or businesses. For example,
English is a prevalent language which is considered to be the second global
language. The co-operation among humans as well as international meetings are
held in English. Therefore, people can understand what the others are talking
about and quickly gain access to information. Furthermore, using alike motherland
language empowers us to widen our perspective of life. For instance, in
recent years, there are a handful of books and magazines written in English. If we
know English, we can obtain broader knowledge about not only other countries’
education but also their traditions.
On the other hand, I still believe that it also has negative impacts on our society. It
is undeniable that speaking the same language can defend our countries from
outside intruders. However, almost all countries virtually possess our own
customs as well as distinctive languages because languages are related to
historical events. If people use the same mother tongue, this could lead to
elimination in different cultures among nations all over the world. For example, if
Chinese people use English as an official language, a majority of historical
monuments are associated with the Chinese language will gradually disappear
from our minds and the young generations cannot have thorough insights into not
only traditional values and identity of China but also Chinese language.
In conclusion, while I agree that communicating the same language will help
humans enhance knowledge, but this is by no means that we can conserve our
precious history.
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Book 2 Sample 10

In the future, it seems it will be more difficult to live on the earth. Some
people think more money should be spent on researching other planets to live,
such as Mars. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Alongside the development of industries, climate change makes the earth become
less ideal to live on. Some people, therefore, suggest investing more in the field of
astronomy to find alternative planets. This may be true, but I believe this is not the
only way to save our future.
On the one hand, finding other planets to live is a good idea. Firstly, there are
many limited natural resources that are over-exploited nowadays. Once these
resources are no longer available, we will have been lacking in fossil fuel, such
as charcoal or petroleum. Industrial and daily activities are considerably
dependent on them, so it is necessary to start to find new planets that have these
resources to exploit or even live in. Secondly, setting a goal of settling down on a
new planet can force the astronomy to grow faster. Becoming learned in the field,
the scientists will figure out new places to live and other innovations, exploit the
energy of the stars and communicate with the aliens to exchange the universal
knowledge, for example.
On the other hand, the discovery of new planets should not be the only solution for
our future. The first reason is that although we are facing the environmental
problems, degradation is a long-term process. Therefore, we still have enough
time if we take actions now to reduce the pollution on the earth. Moreover, the
cost for researching new planets is much higher than protecting and regenerating
the old one. Space shifts, researching projects, astronauts training fee will
consume a great deal of revenue from the government.
In conclusion, it is necessary to research for new planets. However, the
regeneration of the earth environment is also a promising answer to the future
living places question.
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Book 2 Sample 11

More and more young people from wealthy countries are spending a short
time doing unpaid work such as teaching or building houses for communities in
poorer countries.
Why young people choose to do so? Who will benefit more: young people or
the communities?
Volunteering at third-world communities has been a trend among the youth from
the developing countries. There are some underlying reasons for this and I believe
that the local communities gain more benefits than the volunteers themselves.
Perhaps experience is the main contribution to this phenomenon. People who
volunteer tend to seek for the valuable skills and knowledge. In addition, they can
get the opportunities to form some interpersonal relationships, which might be a
huge advantage for their future career. Furthermore, as a volunteer leader, a young
person would gain the adequacy to express one’s idea and connect with people
who have the same perspectives to bring it into reality. Finally, young volunteering
can be attributable to fulfillment. Volunteers seem to enjoy the feeling that they are
to some extent making the contribution to help poor people. Besides, the bonding
activities bring a lot of fun and create a cozy atmosphere between the wellintended
participations and local people.
Turning to the positive effects on the host communities. Firstly, the developing
countries receive the intense amount of human resource to support the local
projects. For example, they can be deployed to constructing house and schools for
the poor people or in rural areas. Furthermore, volunteering plays a pivotal role in
the recovery effort in the response to natural disasters such as tsunamis, floods,
and droughts. For instance, the 2004 Indian tsunami and earthquake attract a large
number of volunteers to support the host organizations and government. Finally,
voluntary activities can reduce stereotypes, increase appreciation of the local
culture and on the worldwide level, the education activities accelerate the
globalization process.
In conclusion, although the growing number of young volunteers is attributable to
the great advantages they would gain for their life, I firmly believe that the host
communities benefit more from this phenomenon.
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Book 2 Sample 12

Some people think that schools should reward students who show the best
academic results, while others believe that it is more important to reward
students who show improvements. Discuss both views and give your own
opinion.
It is a widespread practice that prestigious awards should be given to brilliant
pupils. While some individuals say that students with the best score should
receive awards, I would argue that it would be better to encourage pupils who are
better day by day.
On the one hand, rewarding outstanding students would benefit not only in the
present but also in the future. Firstly, in the present, this action would foster the
competitive spirit of all students in school to win the award. After this cutthroat
competition, excellent pupils could make the most of the awards they received to
pursue tertiary education. Moreover, with the tiny number of the best students,
each school could allocate their resources to expenditure on priority things such
as infrastructure or improve the quality of teachers. Secondly, in the future, these
excellent students could achieve a huge success in their careers and become the
stars in the world of work. Then perhaps they would return to support their old
schools through philanthropic actions as scholarships for next generations.
On the other hand, I believe that it is more beneficial to spur students to be better
by awards. Firstly, in short-term, all students would endeavor to be rewarded and
never sit on their laurels, even with students who are having the best score in
school. It would make a dramatic change in education in which instead of “the
best” students, there are only “better” pupils. Secondly, in long-term, this action
would enhance the general quality of the whole workforce, which leads to nation’s
sustainable economic development.
This is not necessarily wrong but it would sound more natural to me if your main
argument were longer than the other one.
In conclusion, it seems to me that rewarding students who reveal their
progressive/ceaseless advancement would be better than solely give awards to
outstanding students.
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Book 2 Sample 13

Consumers are faced with increasing numbers of advertisements from
competing companies. To what extent do you think are consumers influenced
by advertisements. What measures can be taken to protect them?

Nowadays, while the commercial advertising has proliferated in a variety of
methods, as a result of fierce competition in the market. I would content that
people are inundated with a massive amount of information from different
competitors. To prevent this from happening, I believe that the authorities must
take some definite activities.
The first point to make is that customers are falling victim to companies’
advertising campaigns. They often spend much money on purchases which they
have no real needs for them. This is primarily because a number of companies
tend to exaggerate the usefulness of a few features of their products. The case of
Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus smartphone, which attracted the people all over the
world’s attention many days ago is nearly identical to its predecessor, except for
the new dual-camera system and a slightly faster processor. However, to gain the
competitive advantage over their rival Samsung’s Galaxy S7, Apple’s attempted
to advertise that the new features of their smartphones are necessary. Many
customers, as a result, were persuaded to make the purchase decision regardless
of their true needs.
In order to help consumers make more informed purchasing decisions,-the
governments should adopt some following solutions. The described problem can
be solved by establishing an authority having responsibility for censorship all new
advertisements. The bowdlerization process must be stringent enough so that all
the extracts that contain any form of exaggeration must be taken out before these
are published. This exclusion would effectively safeguard consumers against the
manipulation of the companies and help them avoid making wasteful purchases.
In brief, many businesses use advertising to gain the edge over their competitive
factors rather than to fulfill their customers’ needs, which lued-lures consumers to
buy unnecessary things. In my mind, exercising censorship before airing them
should be carried out to mitigate this influence of advertising.
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Book 2 Sample 14

Some people feel that entertainers (e.g. films stars, pop musicians or sports
stars) are paid too much money. Do you agree or disagree?
In recent years, entertainment is more significant for life, and it is argued that
entertainers such as film stars, pop musicians or sports stars are paid too much
money. In my opinion, I agree and also disagree with/partly agree with this
viewpoint.
I do not concur with this angle because of- some reasons below. First of all, film
stars, pop musicians and sports stars are occupations, entertainers genuine spend
their time, money and health to practice and raise their ability to make many goods
and services for public or audiences. Therefore, it is suitable for them to receive a
lot of money. Secondly, artistic talent is really rare and there is a small number of
people who can create special art goods or art services for audiences. If you have
a special good, you absolutely can sell it with a high price.
These arguments given above can be seen as opposite perspective in equal
measure. To begin with, some entertainers whose goods or services are not really
good, but their salaries which they receive from their audiences are very high. For
instance, there are some singers whose voices are bad in Vietnam recently, but
they have had some scandals and public are interested in them, so they have paid a
large amount of money to see and hear these singers singing. On the other hand,
some jobs such as – engineers, researchers- need abundant time, knowledge and
various work experiences to do these jobs, but they have been paid much far less
money than entertainers.
In conclusion, I do concur and also do disagree with the perspective that
entertainers are paid too much money.
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Book 2 Sample 15

Success in formal “pen and paper” examinations is often seen to be a sign
intelligent. To what extent do you agree with the view that formal
examinations measure intelligence?
There is no doubt that formal examination is a common measurement to evaluate
the capacity of students. In my perspective, I strongly believe that not only formal
examination can measure intelligence, but also learning process is able to assess
accurately the ability of pupil.
At the outset, I concur with this belief that “pen and paper” testing will figure out
competency. During the whole academic year, students will prove their
intelligence by flying colors in the exam. To reach good results, they have to learn
industriously from researching documents to doing small tests with the aim of
reviewing every corner of knowledge. Thanks to hard work, their potentiality can
be taken account perfectly.
To look at it from a different side, formal examinations is insufficient to measure
the cleverness. It depends on all studying process that they demonstrate in the
entire year. I expect to give a salient instance; a student always makes efforts to do
every test in this time before examination happens. Almost teachers assume that he
is perfect and perhaps the last testing is not a huge wall for him. However,
because of health or family problems, he cannot overcome this exam in the best
way. At this time, these teachers may not criticize that he is a bad student.
Therefore, personally, to evaluate the potentiality, let us consider all aspects of
students.
To put it in a nutshell, the competency of students is not simply based on the
outside of “pen and paper” testing, the inherent capacity also plays an
indispensable role in the evaluation process.
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Book 2 Sample 16

More houses are needed in many countries to cope with increasing
populations. Would it be better to build houses in existing towns and cities, or
to develop new towns in rural areas?
There is a debate whether we should build houses in existing urban areas or
create new towns in rural regions. While some people may think more places of
residence in cities have a few advantages, I believe new towns in rural areas
benefit a nation as a whole.
On the one hand, more buildings have some negative consequences on cities.
More apartment units would reduce the price per unit and the renting cost, which
will certainly encourage greater numbers of people to migrate to cities. In this
way, urban areas have to cope with the greater level of overcrowding, both
contributing to increasingly serious traffic congestion and overburdened public
services such as healthcare, education. In addition, constructing new buildings
requires space which is likely cleared by cutting down trees. This will lessen
numbers of trees, which are vital in absorbing rainwater that falls on the grown,
leading to flooding.
On the other hand, the new progress in rural areas is positive. As new towns
develop, more companies are opened and the infrastructures are constructed in
rural areas. This creates greater employment opportunities, which reduces
numbers of people migrate to cities for economic purpose, and eventually lessens
the migration burden on urban areas. A proper investment, which focuses on new
areas such as niche manufacturer, tourism rather than traditional agriculture or
resource-based businesses, could improve the socio-economy in rural regions.
This benefits rural citizens and as well as the national economy.
For the reasons mentioned above, it seems to me that new towns constructed in
rural areas bring greater positive effects than creating houses in urban areas.
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Book 2 Sample 17

Some people think that it is good for a country’s culture to import foreign
movies and TV programs. Others think that it is better to produce these
locally.
Discuss both views and give your opinion.

There have been different arguments whether international or domestic films and
telecasts are better for a culture. From my perspective, both of these categories
are equally crucial.
On the one hand, I believe that foreign movies and TV programs considerably
contribute to the cultural diversity of their host nation. Firstly, they enable native
residents to understand various cultural customs from other parts of the world. In
fact, people are likely to gain knowledge about other cultures merely by watching
imported films and programs. Secondly, foreign movies and telecasts could be
able to raise public awareness of a particular community about global trends
which are not popular in its own country. For example, thanks to the Hollywood
blockbuster “The day after tomorrow,” Vietnamese people now realize of the
significance of the climate change and how to develop a sustainable economy in
today’s world.
On the other hand, I would argue that in an era of globalization, domestic movies
and television channels are vital for maintaining unique cultural features of each
country. To be more specific, national films and telecasts could provide viewers
with insightful information about local traditions, which cannot be found in any
other imported movies or TV programs. Even a short cartoon like “The story
about God Giong” could be able to teach children Vietnamese’s patriotism and
courage. Additionally, traditional customs could be passed on younger generations
through local films and telecasts. Such values could help people to know more
about the social and cultural patterns of their countries.
In conclusion, it appears to me that the governments should keep a balance
between local and foreign films and telecasts to maintain their original traditions
as well as to absorb good cultural practices of other nations.
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Book 2 Sample 18

Some people prefer to plan activities for their free time very carefully.
Others choose not to make any plans at all for their free time. Compare the
benefits of planning free time activities with the benefits of not making plans.
Which do you prefer-planning or not planning for your leisure time? Use
specific reasons and examples to explain your choice.
In the age that the pace of life is hasty, there are so many opinions on the topic of
how to spend leisure time. While someone would like to put their holiday in the
arranged schedule, some of the others love to do everything depending on their
mood. Personally, I have the same view as people who always make a plan for
their free time.
On the one hand, it is admitted that carefully planning brings many benefits. For
example, if you are tending to have a far trip, the careful preparation will make
your journey be more comfortable. Firstly, it is certain that planning for relaxation
helps you save your time due to the fact that you do not have to hurry up to think
about the destination, the things that you should bring for the trip, or where you
will stay during the occasion. Secondly, preparing in advance also helps you in
avoiding a few unexpected problems such as no available room in the hotels,
being lost or luggage missing. Therefore, you can rest assured more to enjoy the
vacation thanks to a detailed plan.
On the other hand, some persons believe that their free time should be different
with the daily life. It means that they do not need to follow the workaday rules,
just do anything that they want. As a result, this makes them feel relaxing and
freedom. For instance, traveling to somewhere without knowing of the destination
will give you the chance to enjoy plenty of fun and surprise.
In conclusion, because I relatively love the stability and safety, making a schedule
for leisure time is the best choice for me than another one. However, it depends on
individuals’ hobby to enjoy a free-minded holiday or carefully planned one.
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Book 3 Samples

Book 3 Sample 1 

Young people who commit crimes should be treated the same as adults who
commit crimes. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
It is argued that same punishments should be applied to both young criminals and
adults who commit offenses. In my opinion, I agree with this point of view only if
the crime is serious.
There are several reasons why it is wrong to impose the same punishments on
both adolescent and adult criminals. Firstly, perhaps young people could only
commit minor crimes, and this causes very little damage to society. It is better to
send them back to family or school for rehabilitation. Secondly, they are not
mature enough to understand that their misbehaviors could have negative impacts
on the society, and these behaviors often come from peer pressures. For example,
those who suffer from school discipline problems, such as bully, are forced by
their bulliers to pursue illegalities such as robbing or stealing which can exert
serious effects to others.
However, I would argue that strict punishments like prison sentences should be
imposed on young offenders who commit dangerous crimes. This is because only
such punishments could demonstrate to the adolescents that heinous actions will
have consequences, and this can help to dispel any ideas of committing crimes of
young people in communities. In some countries, Vietnam for example, young
offenders aged below eighteen will be put on probation, even if they commit a
serious crime such as murder. As a result, the number of young people who break
the law in Vietnam has been increasing rapidly. Therefore, it is necessary for
governments to implement a policy of zero tolerance to dangerous crimes
regardless of the ages.
In conclusion, it seems to me that juvenile offenders who commit dangerous
crimes should deserve same treatments as adults.
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Book 3 Sample 2

In recent years, there has been a considerable rise in crimes committed by
young people in cities. What has caused this? What solutions can you
suggest?
Recently, the rise of crime among young people is an urgent problem in urban
areas around the world. There are a number of reasons behind this issue and
several solutions should be proposed to handle this problem.
There are two primary causes of the rise in crimes committed by the youth. One
reason is that drugs and alcohol today are commonly sole with low prices that
enable young people to buy and use them. It is undeniable that people could easily
lose control because of over-used drugs and alcohol. For example, street fights
are commonly witnessed outside of bars and clubs in Viet Nam. Another reason is
that nowadays children learn academic subjects only rather than have moral and
social classes. For example, the pressure of marks, which usually came from
parents, force children to study harder in order to achieve high scores. As a result,
students will not have enough time to learn about negative impacts of drugs and
how to avoid them.
However, measures must be taken by governments to handle this problem. Firstly,
we should create a stricter system of penalties and punishments to deter young
people from the life of crime. A recent research conducted by Dantri, a wellknown
newspaper in Vietnam, shows that countries that have tighter laws have
lower crimes rate than the others. Secondly, schools must provide children with
moral values such as tolerance and sharing. For instance, we could reduce the
amount of time that children spent on studying math or chemistry, and fill in with
some practical courses. This could raise awareness about crimes among students,
as a result, crimes rate is more likely to be reduced.
In conclusion, various measures can be taken to tackle the increase in youth crimes
rate.
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Book 3 Sample 3

Many students have to study subjects which they do not like. Some people
think this is a complete waste of time. Do you agree or disagree with this
statement?
It is true that in schools or universities most of the students are obligated to study
the subjects that they do not love. While I accept that this is a complete waste of
time for some people, I believe that others are ready to spend their time studying
all the subjects rather than only concentrating on their favorite subjects.
On the one hand, there are a variety of reasons why people should pursue only the
subjects which they are keen on. One reason is that many opportunities are given
to those who devote their whole time to sharpening the aspects which they
consider more important. A student who does not have outstanding achievements
in literature may win the honor prize in a national or even global physical
competition. Furthermore, spending time practicing whatever people like in
general and studying favourite subjects, in particular, is really intriguing and might
be compared with doing a hobby. This could result in mental satisfaction.
On the other hand, students have different reasons when trying to study all
compulsory subjects. Firstly, every subject conveys definite knowledge. The more
fields people study, the more general competence life they may get. In fact, there
have been a great number of students studying at a university which he or she
chooses at the same time another university which his or her family wants though
he or she does not like at all. Secondly, studying unfavourite subjects could train
students patience in order that they might easily overcome unavoidable obstacles
in their prospective ages.
In conclusion, it is certainly true that studying unfavourite subjects can be a total
waste of time for a large number of schools or universities students but this is by
no means the complete wastage of time for every student who always makes great
efforts to become perfect people.
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Book 3 Sample 4

Some people think that parents should teach children how to be good
members of society. Others, however, believe that school is the place to learn
them.
Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
People have different views about the best place to teach children to be a good
person, in school or at home. While there are some benefits to learn behaviors and
attitudes at school, I believe that family plays the main role in children education.
On the one hand, the school can be a good place for children to learn both
academic knowledge and social skills, helping them develop fully in terms of
mental and physical aspects. It is undeniable that teachers provide from basic to
advanced knowledge of all subjects. By doing practices at school, children might
establish and improve a wide range of skills such as working independently and
collaboratively, presentation skill, the skill of finding and analyzing information.
Moreover, the school is a small environment of a very large society where
children are taught on how to behave with teachers and other students in socially
accepted manners. When they leave school, their knowledge and skills will help
them in doing a job well. It can, therefore, be argued that school education should
gain more attention from the general public as it fully prepares children with
relevant skills useful for their adult life, helping them become good citizens.
On the other hand, it is even more important to prepare for children essential
knowledge in many aspects of life which can only be acquired at home. Parents
are usually the first teachers who guide their children from the beginning steps.
Children learn from their parents’ behaviors and attitudes right after they were
born so the family has significant influences on forming their characteristics. For
example, my mother often takes part in charity activities because she supposes that
she has a huge fortune to have all current degree of success and happiness she
wants but thousands of people out there are less lucky. By contrast, there are
thousands of people out there are less lucky than she is, and they do not have
sufficient food to eat and clothes to wear. Her thoughts instill into my psyche and
support me to do as many volunteers work as I can. Life always has challenges
and rewards, and parents should be beside and teach their children on how to deal
with difficulties.
In conclusion, I understand why people might consider school is the place to teach
children to be good individuals of society, but it seems to me that family is a much
more important environment to build key characteristics for an adult life.
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