BAND 9.0 Essays: Opinion – Investing in Science (Real Test 2017)

TOPIC –

The government should invest more money in teaching science than other subjects for a country’s development and progress. To what extent do you agree of disagree?

GENERAL POINTS –

(1) When the question says “[T]o what extent”, your view can be anywhere from “totally agree” to “completely disagree”. You can “partly agree” or “somewhat agree” or just stay “in the middle”. As long as you make your view clear in your introduction, you will be fine.

(2) Even if you “totally agree” (or “totally disagree”), it is a good idea to mention both sides of the argument. For example, when you give your view in the introduction, you could write something like – “Even though living with a partner before getting married is looked down on by some people, I completely disagree that there is anything wrong with this.” Another example – “While many believe that school uniforms are an unnecessary requirement, I strongly believe that students should be forced to wear them.”

(3) Your essay should be 4-5 paragraphs. If you have FOUR, the structure should be (i) Introduction (ii) Supporting Idea 1 (iii) Supporting Idea 2 (iv) Conclusion. If you have FIVE, you can add an extra body paragraph with a view from the other side. However, as long as your body supports your view from the introduction, you can get a high mark with any structure.

Science Investment 2

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

NOTE – Synonyms and advanced vocabulary are included in bold. Linking vocabulary is included in italics. Questions that you need to answer for the reader are included in […]

Step 1 – INTRODUCTION

TOPIC – The government should invest more money in teaching science than other subjects for a country’s development and progress. To what extent do you agree of disagree?

The advancement of science, and its application in a wide range of areas, has improved the lives of almost everyone around the world. As a result, it is essential that governments should devote additional funds to teaching science, although other subjects still have their importance.

Businessman Carrying A Briefcase And Coming Out Of An Eggshell Clipart Illustration Image

Step 2 – Body
TIP – Make sure you link your ideas directly to the topic: investment in science –> helps a country’s progress. If you just write about how science is good in general, you will not get a good mark because you haven’t answered the question properly. Notice how both body paragraphs (and the conclusion!) mention “social/national progress/development”.

The primary reason for this view is that scientific education teaches critical thinking [How?] Science is based on asking questions about the world that can be tested in order to find answers that anyone can find for themselves. Without a sound scientific education, people are more likely to believe superstition, old wives’ talesand the beliefs of their ignorant ancestors [What’s the negative result of this?], which makes it easier for them to be deceived and taken advantage of by governments and by people in general.  The fact is that developed societies have high levels of scientific knowledge, while less developed ones do not.

Of course, it is also necessary for students to study other subjects so that they can become well-rounded individuals [Why?] Science helps us to explain the world, but we also have to live in it [So what?] Being able to appreciate art, music, and literature helps us to understand each other and lead more satisfying lives. An advanced society needs both science to progress and art to make life worth living.

 

Step 3 – CONCLUSION

TIP – (1) Summarize the view from your introduction (and any supporting ideas from your body). Make sure you paraphrase (don’t use the same words!) (2) Try to finish with a memorable/powerful sentence that tells the reader why your view is important.

In summary, science helps a nation to advance by allowing its citizens to think independently and make decisions that are supported by evidence. Without a basic understanding of science, the world would be – and was – a much worse place.

Science Investment 1

FULL SAMPLE ANSWER

The advancement of science, and its application in a wide range of areas, has improved the lives of almost everyone around the world. As a result, it is essential that governments should devote additional funds to teaching science, although other subjects still have their importance.

The primary reason for this view is that scientific education teaches critical thinking [How?] Science is based on asking questions about the world that can be tested in order to find answers that anyone can find for themselves. Without a sound scientific education, the average person is more likely to believe superstition, old wives’ talesand the beliefs of their ignorant ancestors [What’s the negative result of this?], which makes it easier for them to be deceived and taken advantage of by governments and other people in their daily lives.  The fact is that developed societies have high levels of scientific knowledge, while less developed ones do not.

Of course, it is also necessary for students to study other subjects so that they can become well-rounded individuals [Why?] Science helps us to explain the world, but we also have to live in it [So what?] Being able to appreciate art, music, and literature helps us to understand each other and lead more satisfying lives. An advanced society needs both science to progress and art to make life worth living.

In summary, science helps a nation to advance by allowing its citizens to think independently and make decisions that are supported by evidence. Without a basic understanding of science, the world would be – and was – a much worse place. (261 words)

 

IELTS Accelerate

SOME RELATED POSTS and USEFUL MATERIALS

Band 9.0 Essays: Opinion – Online Courses

Band 9 Essays: Opinion – Globalization

Band 9.0 Essays: Opinion – Online Courses

More VOCABULARY and TIPS for IELTS and General English

 

 

Advertisements

One thought on “BAND 9.0 Essays: Opinion – Investing in Science (Real Test 2017)

  1. Pingback: BAND 9.0 Essays: Reasons and Opinion – Gender Preferences in Studying (Real Test 2017) | IELTS UNLOCKED

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s