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    IELTS WRITING CONTEST - WEEK 16

    You should spend about 60 minutes on this task.

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    Traditional written exams are the most effective way to measure intelligence. Do you agree or disagree?

    You should write at least 250 words.
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    There is some dispute whether the best method of assessing students is to use examinations or some form of continuous assessment. This is a complex issue and my belief is that there is probably no one method that applies to all educational systems.

    There are three major arguments in favour of retaining exams. One is that they provide a clear and objective measure of what students have learned, whereas any form of continuous assessment is probably going to be far more subjective. An additional point is that testing tends to be an excellent way of motivating learners to study harder and to reward the students who do best. Likewise, examinations test the ability of students to work under pressure, and this is a vital life skill for their later careers.

    On the other hand, there are still occasions when it can be better to relieve the students of exam pressure and to measure their abilities through continuous assessment. This is particularly the case in lower age groups where young children can be affected negatively by stress and under-perform in exams. It can also be argued that continuous assessment is a more effective way of testing some subjects such as design and technology, which are more creative and less academic. A further point is that often continuous assessment can allow teachers to reward students who work hard, but who may be less able and not do well in more formal testing.

    In conclusion, while continuous assessment may be fairer in some contexts, there are still times when traditional exams may be more appropriate. A possible compromise would be to use both forms of testing together, allowing teachers to reward both ability and hard work.
     

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    For a long time, written tests have been an indispensable part in virtually every education systems. Students generally have to go through many exams in their learning periods. It is a common belief that written examinations are the best way to measure students’ learning capability. However, I tend to disagree with this argument and in this essay, I will give examples to support my opinions.

    First of all, I believe that tests in general only judge the students’ capability of finishing a task after being taught. Therefore, it might not reveal their ability to solve new and difficult problems. In other words, tests cannot be used to assess intelligence. For example, a student can pass most tests with flying colors by simply practicing questions similar to the ones in the real test. At the same time, a very smart student might have a lot of trouble if he has not done anything likewise before. This illustrates the fact that tests usually judge students’ preparation, rather than their intelligence.

    Furthermore, written examinations usually make test takers extremely nervous. Taking a test put students under a lot of pressure and it might shut them down completely. For example, there have been many cases where students passed out during university entrance exams in Vietnam. Needless to say, the pressure of tests affects greatly to their outcomes and makes it extremely unreliable.

    On the other hand, many people believe that making students face the same set of problems is a fair way to measure their intelligence. However, it has been shown that people have many types of intelligence. Some people are good with languages while others excel in math. Therefore, it is nearly impossible to judge one’s ability using a single test.

    To sum up, I believe that due to the nature of tests and the pressure that they create for students, written exams are not the most effective way to assess how smart a person is. However, more research still needs to be done in order to fully understand intelligence and hence find the best method to measure it.
     

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  4. Ta Hong

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    Recent years have witnesses a wide variety of kinds with regard to examination, which has aroused a heated debate of whether the written exams in the traditional way have taken the most powerful effect on showing individual's intelligence or not. Views on this issue vary from person to person. I am a great supporter of ther former for the following reasons as follows.
    First and foremost, the examination written by a person shows the way the he thinks. Conspicuously, only when doing the tests do man express the most important thing in his imagination at the same time. Furthermore, the methods that one uses his test can certainly test his problem-solving skills, by dint of the fact that there are many solutions to one problem. The Person who can overcome the major barier is the most intelligent person.
    Another point to note is that thinking and writing at the same time are the best way to test one's smarts and brains in their genetics through the test. A person maintains his mental ability only based on what he is born with genetically, contributing to the fact that the examiners can assess one's intelligent quotient that he is born with.
    Finally yet importantly, however, the tests in terms of writing do not examine another basis aspects that have the power to show humans' intelligence. The written test do not give the expression of the verbal skills, which can exam human beings' fast-thinking owning to their smart. Paradoxically, reading test can also test the study or the great knowledge that the written test do not take.
    From what has been discussed above, knowingly or unknowingly, one can reach a conclusion that, while both approaches have benefits and drawbacks in our ever-changing world, I would concede that the writing-based exam in traditional way is the effective way to demonstrate mankinds' intelligence. It also appears to be the case that government should promote more sound investment in the systems associated testing in various fields through important skills such as writing, reading, speaking and so on.
     

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    I believe that there are many kind of writing examination but traditional written exam (like IELTS writing test) is the most effective way to measure my intelligence.
    Firstly, when I join the traditional written exam, I must be confident about my intelligence, about my knowledge will meet the requirement of the examination. For example: when I take part in the IELTS writing contest-week 16, I assume my writing skill will be more or less meet the examination
    Secondly, I myself need to brainstorm to get some good ideas about the contest's content, like what is traditional written, how do I feel about the traditional written exam agree or disagree, or something like that. If I am a fool, I can not get any type of ideas about this.
    After that, I build a mind-map about my ideas, this map will help to build my ideas become more clearly, more smoothly. For instance, I feel exciting when I read the contest's content but I need to write down my thought like : what ideas do I have about traditional written exam, does the best writer who I have known be smart or intelligence, or something like that
    Finally, I represent the mind-map to the reader with completely structure which I am learned in the school or in the language courses. This type of skill require me to understand my writing style to access the memory of learning English and using the right structure for each type of writing.
    From the above opinions, I think the traditional written exam can be use to measure intelligence of the students with the condition the students must do it themselves, do not copy their exams from somewhere.
     

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    There has been increasing interest in doing tests by writing as usual. And hence, the effect of this method in classifying cleverness of student is still in people's mind. In my opinion, I completely disagree with this idea for some reasons.
    What should be the upmost point is that this examination method focuses on theories only. Student then cannot get engaged in real situations well. As a consequence, student will always wonder where they go wrong with a stone in mind that is this is exactly as what the book says. As a matter of fact, the majority of graduates in Vietnam has been viewed as unskilled labors for the reasons, though their intelligence is immeasurable.
    Another point should be taken into account is some are really bad at memorizing texts, especially ones with hundred to thousand words. By taking written exams, their IQ number cannot be reflect accurately, meanwhile, the others who may have better skills of arranging words right in their places in minds though bad practitioners can be mistakenly appreciated. Let's take Einstein as an example. He used to find reading really challenging before being one of the greatest scientists of all the time.
    In conclusion, as in a role of a student, I considerably believe that traditional method of examining student through writing never empowers educators to measure their students effectively and correctly. Instead, they should be put into reality.
     

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  7. hihi21

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    It is argued that, judging intelligence by traditional written is the most efficient way. However, I completely disagree with this argument. There are two main reasons for this opinion in the following essay.

    I believe that only determine how smart people are just base on their writing skill is not enough. Writing skill Is a minor aspect in total verbal skills, which including, writing, reading and speaking. Thus, using only traditional written exam is lacking to see people’s cleverness in verbal skill. For example, elementary Vietnamese exam always contain 3 parts to test out the ability to use word of that kids. Those parts are written skill, reading skill and speaking skill. Another clearly example is the IELTS test, which is the test to see how fluently that people can use English, this include not only writing skills but also reading, listening, speaking skills.

    There is another view of intelligent, for example structure, mathematic, logic. Firstly, good writer is may not a good logical or mathematical people, therefore, to say the writer’s intellectual is more than others is not an acceptable way. This judgement is like saying a monkey is better than a fish in term of climbing a tree. Hence, scientists have created the combination test, which is called IQ test to determine intelligence. This test includes structure guesting, calculation and verbal skills.

    In conclusion, it is inappropriate way to use only tradition written exam to test people intelligence. There is another element such as logic, speaking, calculating, to determine intellectual prospect.
     

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  8. Paul Etton

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    In the forthcoming university entrance examination, there has been confirmation of the change in the way Maths paper will be redesigned. Rather than adopt the conventional written test, Maths test is going to be in the form of multiple choice question. This real fact poses an opposing opinion that traditional written exams may assess students’ intelligence the most effectively. This viewpoint is justifiable for several following reasons.

    First and foremost, creativity enhancement may be what I put my priority in when it comes to the old testing method. Sitting in traditional written exams, students are required to elaborate their whole solution onto answer sheet. In order to accomplish the test in allotted amount of time, there is a desperate need for pupils to find not only correct but also concise, mind-challenging solutions to maths problems taken as a salient example. That underlines the fact that traditional written tests facilitate creativity amongst students, which, accordingly, leads to effectiveness of intelligence assessment. Without doubt, it is the power of boosting ingenuity that renders old method of testing effective in evaluation.

    Secondly, sense of objectivity is another essential factor contributing to the effectiveness of written tests. Requisition of detailed presenting as aforementioned compels students to find ultimate results of calculating process, or the exact events in History tests, even the exact name of legislation in Civic Education exams, and so forth without any suggestion of answers like in multiple choice type, for instance. This results in the optimum avoidance of stroke-of-luck situation. The assessment is highly likely to be more objective, reflecting accurately the ability and intellectual standard of each student. As an outcome, written tests prove to be effective in evaluating the smartness in candidates. Beyond any doubt, impartiality of written tests assists them in testing reliably and precisely the intelligence quality of students.

    In conclusion, I would reaffirm that it is the most effective for conventional written exams to evaluate the thinking ability of students. This type of question is still supposed to be adopted in the coming entrance exam to yield the best result of students selection.
     

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  9. dtnghia2206

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    Examinations on papers are the most fundamental way for almost every country to test students’ potential. I completely disagree with that idea because there are a variety of different methods to measure intelligence.

    Firstly, examinations provoke a lot of stress not only on children but also on adults. Researches show that students from developing countries usually go through insomnia and lack of appetite because of academic pressure. For instance, the number of children who committed suicide because of depression from a fail test is more than a hundred. Secondly, each student has their own interest in different subject which makes them impossible to accomplish all curriculums in school. It is clearly to see that students who are good at music and art often cannot make any difference to others because those subjects cannot be tested on written exams.

    Another reason is that individuals have their own advantages which help them to receive new information such as foreign languages, chemistry formulas and so on. That is why students usually express how they understand a subject through many ways. For example, most of students find that it is easier to write down a formula form what they have learned by heart and solve an equation. But for some children and teenagers, it would be more logical if they can understand how something works through experiments. Therefore, they usually cannot catch up with other students in the written exams because they require more time and more practical methods to solve a problem.

    In conclusion, while written tests are a good method to measure intelligence in some subject but they are not the best way to seek for talented students.
     

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  10. Candice Swanepole

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    Traditional written exams, by definition, are one of the assessment system intended to measure a test taker’s knowledge, skill, aptitude and classification in many topics. However, since the Ministry of education promulgated the new content regarding The high school examinations, debates have fiercely broken out whether this kind of assessment should be ruled out. Honestly, I whole-heartedly believe that the traditional written test must be compulsory task one performs when graduating for some reasons as follows.
    First and foremost, taking written test is the best way that we can evaluate testers’ knowledge. As a matter of fact that there are many assessment systems in the world like quizzing, presentation…; however, these are not favored because in such a short time of a presentation students can’t express their understanding comprehensively. Also, a quizzing test is regarded as luck of the draw which means you can choose whatever answers that you feel right and maybe it’s the correct answer.
    Moreover, traditional written tests prove to be optimal. When taking a written test, students must write down the answer in a clear and coherent way to get good scores so it’s clearly that they must pay attention to every single word teachers say during classes and take note of them. Consequently, their vocabulary will develop as well, which is very useful for their contacting and communicating ability.
    For all that reasons, I completely favor the use of traditional written tests in intelligence measurement and I have confidence in the splendid future of young generations.
     

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    Traditional written exams are the most effective way to measure intelligence. Do you agree or disagree?

    It is true that traditional written tests are applied in most of schools and universities to evaluate the student's intelligence. Although many people believe that examination by writing is the most effective way to measure intelligence, I would argue that this method cannot determine accurately one's intelligence.

    On the other hand, there are variety of reasons why traditional exams are effective in evaluating the intelligence. One reason is that written exams can apply for all students at the same time to compare each student's intelligence. If the examiner gives a same written test to students, he can attain the scores of all students simultaneously and have the ground to assess their intelligence. An other reason is that written examinations always have scale score for each question part, therefore student's scores usually are precise for most of students. For example, when a student cannot give an accurate answer, he still achieves some scores of this question parts.

    On the other hand, I believe that there are some drawback of this method for intelligent measurement. Firstly, one written exams cannot contain completely knowledge that the students have been learned. Therefore some of question they are knowing well, but others they are not. As a result, they will get lower scores if the exams has several questions that they are not good at. Secondly, some of question cannot describe by writing, they need to be asked by oral. Consequently, some of students will be supposed less intelligent if they are bad at writing, eventhough interview is their strengths.

    In conclusion, while traditional written exams are a good method for intelligent measurement, I believe that this method cannot determine precisely the student's intelligence.


     

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    Examinations were and will ever be the most important thing in our life, especially when we are young. They determine whether students are qualified to move to the next grade or to be graduated. In recent years, our traditional written exams have changed to other kinds of exams for several reasons. But some people argue that for measuring intelligence, written exams are the most effective ways. I do not agree with that idea.

    The first reason I denied it is that the traditional exams do not represent how well our study is. By that I mean student have to study for a long time, usually two or three months before having an exam, so that the knowledge of one semester is too wide for the written exams, which only last for one or two hours. As a result, some students might think of cheating in the exam, which is more likely the case in our country now. Because the written exams can only contain a narrow range of knowledge, he or she only has to learn a little and still has the better result than other students.

    Secondly, there are several kinds of intelligence: social intelligence, musical intelligence, physical intelligence, … some of which can not be determined by written exams. Einstein, Edison and some of the most influenced scientists in the history were determined not very intelligent when they were students.

    In conclusion, traditional written exams are not suitable for determined intelligence. We have many kinds of intelligence, so that we should have different suitable kinds of test for them.
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    Some people think that the exams are written traditionally by hand , which can bring the hugest benefit to asset the unexpected capacity of each individual.I contend that the way of using written exams now is old-fashioned discussing in the following essays.
    The first reason is without everyone can assessed correctly their capacity through implementing on papers . For instance,every child has a distinguished talent which is different from others.Because
    they can excel at the practise rather than the theory .Therefore, the standard of reaching high scores in every exam to choosing outstanding students seems inefficiently.Moreover, because the technological development leads to the lack of awareness of examination form as students use a variety of abusing it. In addition, rich students now hire other students having face like them to do their written exam.As a consequence, fake exams can perform immediately and can not give right results of this exam.
    In conclusion, the form of written exams is showing drawbacks clearly
     

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    I disagree with the idea that traditional written examination is the most effective method to measure intelligence.
    Firstly, intelligence is measured by innovation, inquiry tinkering rather just have a good memory. the paper tests the majority just to test students' memory capacity, only a handful of natural science-technical test logic.
    secondly, a recent phenomenon remains popular among students when the exam is cheating, cheating the exam. but this is to be derived from the written examination. they bored with memorization and considered going to school just deal with teachers and parents. so the competition is no longer going to be true and test results is no longer seriously as it once was. In short, not only the written examination can reflect the intelligence, it must also be reflected in the process of learning and classroom training. Therefore, we respectfully request that people not only think the score says it all, but the effort is important
     

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    It has been a tradition that written exams are taken as a measurement of intelligence. Some people hold a view that such exams are optimal ways to assess candidates while others believe that there are more viable exams. This essay will agree that this kind of exams is pragmatic to assess people's IQ.
    First of all, traditional written exams allow people more to show their thoughts than other types of tests. It is true that when taking exams, candidates are often worried about a time limit, which written exams can provide them more to present enough their opinions. Such subjective exams can help students to write adequate aspects of what they are asked, which means that they are able to brainstorm varied ways. For instance, once conducting Math exams , students are doing tests on a written paper to solve a matter with different methods.
    Second, the accuracy of measuring the intelligence of these exams are higher. Written exams reflect the ability of analysis and logic reasoning to tackle an issue most effectively, the assessed students are having an opportunity to express whatever they think of the problem. Giving clues to a problem requires a time process to brainstorm and combine between social and practical knowledge, therefore, these exams are more precise to judge a person's intelligence. For example, some international tests, such as IELTS, always requires their candidates to write an essay on social problems to assess them exactly.
    All things considered, such exams are very effective way of measuring intelligence because they let candidates more time to express ideas and the accuracy is more reliable. If people are made to take exams in written forms, they will be assessed most exactly.
     

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