This is an essay that is written under time pressure, and I post it immediately after the time’s off.

Some students prefer to take a gap year between high school and university, to work or to travel. Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages.

Traditionally, students will enroll in colleges after they graduate from high school. But on these days, having a year-long break seems a preferable choice for many students. In my opinion, although taking a gap year may have some backfire, the benefits it brings could be very good for those who choose this.

Deferring university enrollment can have some disadvantages. Gap-year takers may find it hard to achieve good grades in University because their knowledge when studying in high school may be forgotten when taking a year off. As a result of this, they will fall behind their peers in academic performance. Pressure from peers will make those students losing their confidence and interest in studying.

On the other hand, despite the disadvantages above, taking a gap year before enrolling in University may bring many benefits. Firstly, those students who decide to take a year-long break will have time to find their passion and hobbies. Many young people spend all their time getting high grades in high school so that they don’t have time to figure out which job they want to do. In a year off, they will have time to travel and work to identify a suitable career path or a person they want to be in the future. For instance, Huyen Chip, whose story inspires many young people, decided to take a gap year to travel worldwide to find out the meaning of her life. And when Huyen knows her passion for Artificial Intelligence, she applied to Stanford University and was awarded a full-ride scholarship. Secondly, delaying tertiary education for one year will help the students enrich life experiences and hone practical skills. Taking a part-time job or volunteering in a charitable organization in their neighborhood will help those students develop social skills such as communicating and cooperation and helping their community. Last but not least, a gap year is a time for people to relax after a long time studying, to spend time with friends and family and enjoy their life without any pressure on scores and exams. This will make them feel better when enrolling in University the following year.

In conclusion, the benefit of taking a gap year brings for students outweighs any disadvantages it may have.

This is an essay that is written under time pressure, and I post it immediately after the time’s off.

Some students prefer to take a gap year between high school and university, to work or to travel. Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages.

Traditionally, students will enroll in colleges after they graduate from high school. But on these days, having a year-long break seems a preferable choice for many students. In my opinion, although taking a gap year may have some backfire, the benefits it brings could be very good for those who choose this.

Deferring university enrollment can have some disadvantages. Gap-year takers may find it hard to achieve good grades in University because their knowledge when studying in high school may be forgotten when taking a year off. As a result of this, they will fall behind their peers in academic performance. Pressure from peers will make those students losing their confidence and interest in studying.

On the other hand, despite the disadvantages above, taking a gap year before enrolling in University may bring many benefits. Firstly, those students who decide to take a year-long break will have time to find their passion and hobbies. Many young people spend all their time getting high grades in high school so that they don’t have time to figure out which job they want to do. In a year off, they will have time to travel and work to identify a suitable career path or a person they want to be in the future. For instance, Huyen Chip, whose story inspires many young people, decided to take a gap year to travel worldwide to find out the meaning of her life. And when Huyen knows her passion for Artificial Intelligence, she applied to Stanford University and was awarded a full-ride scholarship. Secondly, delaying tertiary education for one year will help the students enrich life experiences and hone practical skills. Taking a part-time job or volunteering in a charitable organization in their neighborhood will help those students develop social skills such as communicating and cooperation and helping their community. Last but not least, a gap year is a time for people to relax after a long time studying, to spend time with friends and family and enjoy their life without any pressure on scores and exams. This will make them feel better when enrolling in University the following year.

In conclusion, the benefit of taking a gap year brings for students outweighs any disadvantages it may have.

You wrote nearly 360 words. That is too long. Longer essays generally get poor scores. Aim for 270-290 for Task 2.


Traditionally, students young people (After they graduate, they are not students anymore!) will enroll in colleges after they graduate from high school. But on these days, having a year-long break seems a preferable choice for many of them. students. In my opinion, although taking a gap year may have some repercussions backfire, (backfire is a verb, not a noun) the benefits it brings could be are significantly better very good for those who choose this. (The prompt is "outweigh", so your thesis statement has to have that idea.)

Deferring one's university education enrollment can have some disadvantages. Gap-year takers may find it hard to achieve good grades in university because their knowledge when studying what they learned in high school may be forgotten after when taking a year off. As a result of this, they will fall behind their peers in academic performance. Pressure from peers will make those students losing (wrong form) their confidence and interest in studying.

On the other hand, despite these disadvantages above, taking a gap year before enrolling in University (Avoid excessive repetition) may bring these young people many benefits. Firstly, First, they those students who decide to take a year-long break will have time to find their passion and enjoy their hobbies. Many young people spend all their time getting high grades in high school so that they don’t have time to decide figure out which job they want to do. In a this year off, they will have time to travel and work to identify a suitable career path or a the kind of person they want to be in the future. For instance, Huyen Chip, whose story inspires many young people, decided to take a gap year to travel worldwide to find out the meaning of her life. And when Huyen knows discovered that she had a her passion for Artificial Intelligence, she applied to Stanford University and was awarded a full-ride scholarship. Secondly, Second, delaying tertiary education for one year will help the students them enrich life experiences and hone practical skills. Taking a part-time job or volunteering in a charitable organization in their neighborhood will help those students them develop social skills such as communicating and cooperation and helping their community. Last but not least, a gap year is a time for people to relax after a long time studying, to spend time with friends and family and enjoy their life without any pressure on scores and exams. This will make them feel better when enrolling in University the following year.

In conclusion, the benefit of taking a gap year brings for students outweighs any disadvantages it may have.

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Mid the word count!

You will not lose points for writing more; however, longer essays generally do not get high band scores. And there are many reasons for this.

First, the longer the essay, the more chances you have to make errors, and you will lose points for each of those errors.

Second, your writing may be repetitious and wordy. This will cost you points in task response or coherence and cohesion.

Third, you will likely stray off-topic, and examiners will deduct points if you are not focused on the topic. Do not write about things that are not specifically given in the task. You will also be tempted to use weak or unsound arguments or even lose your direction and contradict yourself. Develop just two or three argument points with examples and personal experiences. It is much better to have two well-developed and fleshed-out argument points than to have four which are just individual separate statements.

Fourth, you will spend a lot of time writing, and not have sufficient time left over to proofread your essay. You will miss the silly mistakes, which everyone makes, and that lowers your score.

Fifth, you will not have enough time for Task 1, and get a lower score there. You should allow 40 minutes for task and 20 minutes for Task 1. The word counts are designed so that you have ample time for brainstorming and then writing the two parts.

Aim to write around 270 words for Task 2. Practice writing a lot of essays so you get a feeling for the length.