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The chart shows the number of students in a UK university who completed (on time or late), failed to write, and rewrote their dissertation in 1990, 2000, 2010.

Write at least 150 words.


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Write about the following topic:


Many museums and historical sites are mainly visited by tourists but not local people. Why is it the case? What can be done to attract more local people to visit these places?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.


The bar chart compares figures relating to the completion of dissertation projects by students at a university in the UK in 1990, 2000, and 2010.

Overall, it is clear that the majority of students finished their dissertations on time, in all three measured years. It is also worth noting that the number of dissertations completed significantly increased over the period.

In 1990, approximately 150 students submitted their dissertations by the completion deadline, as opposed to around 20 students who completed it late. Meanwhile, just under 50 students failed to write their thesis, while approximately 10 students had to rewrite theirs.

20 years later, the number of dissertations that were completed on time had doubled, to 300, while the number of late submissions had more than doubled, to just under 50. Significantly fewer students failed to write their dissertation, as illustrated by an approximate threefold decline, and the figures for students that rewrote their dissertations rose, to roughly 25 by 2010.

 (160 words – Band 8.5)


These days, a lot of museums and historical sites seem to appeal mainly to tourists, rather than locals. This essay will discuss a number of plausible reasons why this occurring, and a number of possible ways to attract more local people.

There may be a variety of factors contributing to the low numbers of local people visiting museums and historical sites. Firstly, it is possible that most local people have already visited such places, and may already have significant knowledge of their own culture and history, and therefore do not feel the need to return to these places often, or even at all. Therefore, the majority of people visiting are mostly tourists. Furthermore, many local people probably prefer to spend their free time and holidays visiting other areas outside of their hometown or country, because they are more interested in learning about other cultures and history, rather than their own.

Although it does seem to be a quite a difficult task attracting more locals to visit their own museums and historical sites, there are a number of solutions that could encourage them to do so. One possible solution may be for local governments to continually upgrade museums by rotating artefacts and displays, in order to arouse
more interest from locals. Dierent exhibitions could be displayed and promoted more often, focusing on dierent themes, or aspects of the culture. Secondly, governments 
could also encourage and fund annual trips for local school children to museums and historical sites. And lastly, free entry to such places for locals may also encourage more local visitors.

In conclusion, attracting local people to visit museums and historical sites in their area may be a difficult process, however, there are a number of ways that locals could be encouraged to do so.

(295 words – Band 8.0)

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