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Optional Course Enrolment Essay Exercise


Are you considering enrolling in one of English Key's Melbourne based IELTS or PTE courses? Then you may wish to prepare an essay so that our qualified teachers can determine precisely where you will need help. 


If you are preparing for IELTS, you should spend up to 40 minutes on this task.

If you are preparing for PTE, you should spend up to 20 minutes on this task.


  • Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your knowledge or experience.
  • Write at least 250 words if you are preparing for IELTS or between 200 - 300 if you are preparing for PTE. (Important note from English Key: The longer you write, the more mistakes you will make and less time you will have to correct those mistakes. So keep your essay to a maximum of 275 words.)


Choose from one of the following topics:

1) When someone gets old, they often go to live in a home with other old people where there are nurses to look after them. Sometimes the government has to pay for this care. Who should be responsible for our old people? Give reasons. 


2) Climate change is now an accepted threat to our planet, but there is not enough political action to control excessive consumerism and pollution. To what extent do you agree or disagree?


3) Some people believe that children are given too much free time. They feel that this time should be used to do more schoolwork. How do you think children should spend their free time?


Submit your essay to info@englishkey.com.au and we'll reply to confirm it's been received. 


Here is a useful CHECKLIST to consider about your writing

When writing any composition you will need to check that you have paid attention to the following points: 

  • Have you answered all the parts of the question?
  • Have you answered the question directly?
  • Have you communicated your meaning clearly?
  • Have you written the appropriate number of words?
  • Is your writing clear and easy to read?
  • Have you punctuated your writing appropriately?
  • Have you organised your work appropriately, in sentences and paragraphs?
  • Are there any mistakes of basic grammar, vocabulary, spelling etc. that you can correct?
  • Have you used a variety of grammatical structures and not only, for example, used the Past Simple in recounting the past?
  • Have you used a range of vocabulary and not only, for example, simple adjectives like bad, happy, fast,?
  • Have you used linking words and phrases like however, so, in addition, on the other hand, where appropriate?
  • Have you used language of appropriate style and register? Is it too formal/ informal? Remember whom exactly it is that you are writing for. 

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