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  1. Moderator


    1. Animal testing has contributed to many life-saving cures and treatments.

    2. There is no adequate alternative to testing on a living, whole-body system.

    3. Animals are appropriate research subjects because they are similar to human beings in many ways.

    4. Animals must be used in cases when ethical considerations prevent the use of human subjects.

    5. Animals themselves benefit from the results of animal testing.

    6. Animal research is highly regulated, with laws in place to protect animals from mistreatment.

    7. Animals often make better research subjects than human beings because of their shorter life cycles.

    8. Animal researchers treat animals humanely, both for the animals’ sake and to ensure reliable test results.

    9. Animals do not have rights, therefore it is acceptable to experiment on them.

    10. The vast majority of biologists and several of the largest bio-medical and health organizations in the United States endorse animal testing.

    11. Some cosmetics and health care products must be tested on animals to ensure their safety.

    12. Religious traditions allow for human dominion over animals.

    13. The thalidomide disaster shows a need for more animal testing, not less.

    14. Relatively few animals are used in research, which is a small price to pay for advancing medical progress.

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    1. Animal testing is cruel and inhumane.

    2. Alternative testing methods now exist that can replace the need for animals.

    3. Animals are very different from human beings and therefore make poor test subjects.

    4. Drugs that pass animal tests are not necessarily safe.

    5. Animal tests may mislead researchers into ignoring potential cures and treatments.

    6. 95% of animals used in experiments are not protected by the Animal Welfare Act.

    7. Animal tests do not reliably predict results in human beings.

    8. Animal tests are more expensive than alternative methods and are a waste of government research dollars.

    9. Most experiments involving animals are flawed, wasting the lives of the animal subjects.

    10. Animals can suffer like humans do, so it is speciesism to experiment on them while we refrain from experimenting on humans.

    11. The Animal Welfare Act has not succeeded in preventing horrific cases of animal abuse in research laboratories

    12. Religious traditions tell us to be merciful to animals, so we should not cause them suffering by experimenting on them.

    13. Medical breakthroughs involving animal research may still have been made without the use of animals.

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    • Moderator

      Dear @pooja,

      The Score: 3/4

      Your responses are really good. Please, don’t get us wrong. Just a few suggestions to guarantee high score.

      We recommend you to use the following template:

      In my view, animals should not be used for scientific or commercial testing for two reasons.

      First of all, + sentence (your first reason)
      Moreover, + sentence (to add a supporting idea)
      For example, + sentence (your first example)

      Secondly, + sentence
      For instance, + sentence

      For these reasons, I believe animals should not be used for scientific or commercial testing.

      NOTE: Although we give 60 seconds for practicing purposes, as you have already known, in the real test you will have 45 seconds. So, avoid repetition and try to complete your response in 45 seconds.

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  3. Valery

    Check my answer please!
    Thank you!

    • Moderator

      Hi @Valery,

      The Score: 3/4

      The response addresses the task appropriately.

      Speech is generally clear. Your pronunciation is good. Minor difficulties with intonation and pacing are noticeable, though overall intelligibility is not significantly affected.

      The response demonstrates effective use of grammar and vocabulary. If you submit your written response, we can evaluate language use ( vocabulary and grammatical structures) in detail.

      Response is sustained and conveys relevant information required by the task.

      Continue to answer other questions. Practice makes perfect 🙂


  4. Cecilia

    In my own opinion, this problem is a question about the extent.
    On the one hand, animals ought to be used for development of the society.
    First of all, nowadays with the so-called technological advances, there are still no adequate alternatives to replace those animals used for scientific or commercial purposes. Moreover, in order to test products on a live body, human beings have to be used if not animals to ensure safetybefore introducing the product to the public.
    On the other hand, testing on animals is immoral.
    Firstly, animals have feelings just like human beings. They feel the pain that we exerted on them. For example, during vivisections they cry, they scream, they fight, they repel. But scientists gradually become so apathetic to those reactions, they can even naturally tear the furs of living rabbits, ignoring their desperate screams.
    All in all, I suppose animals should still be used for scientific or commercial purposes, but meanwhile be protected from unnecessary pains.

    • Moderator

      Hi @Cecilia,

      The Score: 4/4

      Very good response, well done!!

      The response fulfills the demands of the task. It is highly intelligible and exhibits sustained, coherent discourse.

      Well-paced flow. Speech is clear. Your pronunciation is good.

      The response demonstrates effective use of grammar and vocabulary. It exhibits good control of basic and complex structures.

      Response is sustained and sufficient to the task. It is generally well-developed and coherent; relationships between ideas are clear.

      A minor correction: In my own opinion
      You don’t need to say “own”, just say “In my opinion”

      One recommendation:
      If you make a choice between these two contracting opinions, and support it, it would be better.
      Also, it will save you time. So, you will have enough time to conclude your response.

      The response time for Question Type 2 is 45 seconds.


  5. 91simo

    Sorry I am haveing problem uploading. can you please score my answer? i need an idea of how i am doing

  6. felipe

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