General Writing Task 2 #1
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Some people think high school graduates should travel or work for a period of  time instead of going directly to study at university. 
Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both approaches. 

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.


The question as to whether high school graduates should persue their college education or have a one-year gap to work or travel remains controversial, but a closer examination of the issue reveals that it bears a number of cons and pros.

Working or traveling before proceeding to university can be advantageous in the sense that high school gradslearn to support themselves and be more responsible for their mistakes. In other words, this gap year opens doors to new experiences away from scholastic life, triggers the sensors of maturity, enriches the students’ consideration, and widens their critical thinking abilities.

Another advantage of a gap year could be said to be the chance it offers to students to pause and rethink their decision on the subject area that they desire to major in. For example, most universities around the globe implement the preparatory year program which aims at sifting students among majors and helping them determine their aptitude to go forward or change majors.

On the other hand, there is the danger that high school graduates working or traveling before college might extend this one-year gap to two or three or even longer as they may get indulged in their work and see no point in furthering their education for it leads to the same ending, getting paid. Worse is traveling abroad where many international students postpone their studies in the pretext that they want to get more involved in the new social context.

In conclusion, a gap year cuts both ways and that all depends on the social, financial and other factors that dominate high school graduates at that critical turning point in their lives. Yet, schools, parents and society around may help high school graduates make the right decision and do the right thing about their college education.


Study in the university is dream of the most of young students. This is due to the fact that the universities provide a unique opportunity to explore the world around us. However, it is argued that there should be link between primary and higher education. This will be analyzed by taking various examples in the following paragraphs.

First of all, it is believed that continuity is very important during study years regardless of the education in lower or higher grades. For instance, take the example of any lower grade. Nobody wants to stop education after 5th grade, go out for one year and then start 6th grade after a year. Most people think that it is simply a waste of a year.

Secondly, now a days, people want to complete their education and enter practical life as soon as possible. This is to live an independent life with handsome source of income. This is the reason that we see most of young people in the most offices. These people are full of energy with enthausiasm to work and achieve better results. This is only possible if they complete their study within minimum possible time. On the other hand, some people believe that university students should be able to do some work before they enrolled to higher education in the university. This will help university students to financially support themselves.

Moreover, they will have some practical experience which will helpful for them during higher studies.

From the above discussion, it can be concluded that continuity between school and universities is very important. I personally inclined towards no gap throughout the studies. This will enable the students to start their professional career at the earliest.


The aspect of working or travelling after high school is becoming a normal trend although many graduates still further immediately to the tertiary institution. Nevertheless, there are benefits and draw backs of this setting.

One of the major benefit of working before furthering to the University is that it helps the graduate to develop a sense of maturity, making them more confident and less dependent on people around them. These student also garner experience from work which could be of help in the University or in the nearest future. Working after secondary school can help both the parents and the student considering that the student can now save toward furthering into the University and this can be a huge benefit especially when the parents are financially incapacitated. Traveling as the case may be also gives the student the opportunity to learn and socialize because meeting new people,interacting,and learning new cultures help boost self confidence and social life. In as much as there are benefits of giving a gap before furthering,there are also drawbacks.

The major draw back is the lack of enthusiasm to go back to school because the student sees no reason to further which happens as a consequence of the student being financially stable, independent and able to take care of his/her needs and necessities.For example, some young celebrities in my country are mostly school dropouts,reasons being that they began earning huge amounts of money at a tender age thus making them not to have the zeal to complete their education.

Finally, from the aforementioned discussion,it is seemingly obvious that there are both advantages and disadvantages of this setting and some of the reasons for these depends on the student and the circumstances they find themselves.