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Lesson 3: Opinion > Personal vietpoint task type

Example Task You should spend about 40 minutes on this question. It is better to save money than to spend it. How far do you agree with this statement? Is saving more important than spending in today’s world? Give reasons for your answer, and provide ideas and examples from your own experience. You should write […]

Example Task

You should spend about 40 minutes on this question.

It is better to save money than to spend it. How far do you agree with this statement? Is saving more important than spending in today’s world?

Give reasons for your answer, and provide ideas and examples from your own experience. You should write at least 250 words.  

 

Explanation of the task  

This is an OPINION > PERSONAL VIEWPOINT type task. It asks you to say how much you agree with an idea. You should state your opinion at the start, and then explain why you have this opinion, giving several logical reasons. You should briefly mention the opposing view as well. The conclusion should be a summary of your viewpoint. Note that this type of essay is different from the OPINION > DISCUSSION type.  

 

Model Essay

With the world in such economic turmoil, many of us face difficult choices in managing our money. Personally, I feel that saving is preferable to high spending, and I will explain why.

Firstly, saving money is a sensible precaution in a world where the future is uncertain. It is possible, for example, that a person might meet unemployment, ill health or other crises at some point in life. It is essential to have some funds in reserve for these situations, and saving is for most people the only way to achieve this. Furthermore, I believe that saving is itself a good discipline for people to develop, as it builds skills of planning and reaching targets. We can see this in the way that disciplined people build up quite large sums through small monthly contributions to savings plans. In many cases this meets important objectives in their lives, including large purchases such as cars or property. Finally, we have to remember the reasons for the current economic problems besetting the world. The crisis was caused by excessive spending and insufficient saving – not just by individuals, but by corporations and even governments themselves. I feel that an emphasis on sensible saving should be a universal strategy now. 

I do appreciate that some people think differently, saying that it is better to live for the moment and spend accordingly. While some daily spending is essential, of course, I feel this is a potentially unwise viewpoint, especially considering recent global events.   

To conclude, I believe that saving is the wiser course, not just for financial but also for personal and political reasons. Sensible saving is an invaluable skill and a buffer against uncertainty.  

(279 words)