C1 The Writing Test

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C1 The Writing Test

  1. 1. The WritingTest Task 1 By PresenterMedia.com
  2. 2. Write an enthusiastic letter to a friend or your parents after the first week in your first job. Write between 150–200 words. You should write about (tick where appropriate): O p t i o n 1 - how you got the job. - what you do. - what you like about your job. - what you don’t like about your job. - the people you work with. - what you did to get the job. - the last job you had. - the job you would really like to have.
  3. 3. For this task did you include any of the following words or expressions? Tick where appropriate. to work shifts, part time, full time, working hours, overtime, clock in, out, knock off my responsibilities involve, my job involves to be in charge of, responsible for, deal with, handle salary, wages, paid holiday, holiday entitlement, sick pay, income tax, perks, meet deadlines, paperwork, red tape, bureaucracy, working relationship, rapport, pecking-order, work mates, colleagues, talk shop, close-knit team other
  4. 4. Write a letter to a friend from your hospital bed, describing your way of life for the past few weeks, before and since your operation. Write between 150–200 words. You should write about (tick where appropriate): O p t i o n 2 - the accident you had which put you in the hospital - your routine before and after the operation. - your plans for when you get out of hospital. - the illness you have been suffering from. - the people who are looking after you. - the medical care you are receiving. - what you have been doing the past few weeks. - the National Health Service.
  5. 5. For this task did you include any of the following words or expressions? Tick where appropriate. to be laid up, to feel under the weather, to be/feel sick, poorly, peaky, rough, faint, dizzy to have your pulse, temperature, blood pressure checked, to undergo surgery, be put on a drip aches and pains, bruises, cuts, grazes, inflammation, infected diagnosis, injection, prescription, bandage, painkillers, tablets, tranquilizers, lack of privacy admit to hospital, ward, waiting room, hospital corridors, in casualty, in the operating theatre (restricted) visiting hours, bland food, bed pan other
  6. 6. Make sure what you say is relevant - stick to the point! Get sidetracked. Organise your writing in paragraphs. One sentence for each paragraph. Keep sentences short and watch punctuation: capital letters, commas, etc. Use connectors and vocabulary just for the sake of it! Respect the number of words. Write too little or too much.
  7. 7. Task 2 The Writing Test
  8. 8. Write an article on the following subject: If the institution of marriage breaks down, so will our society. Write about 250-300 words. You should write about (tick where appropriate): O p t i o n 1 - different kinds of marriages and families. - the divorce rate. - the (un)importance of marriage to our society. - the advantages and disadvantages of being married. - how marriages have changed over the centuries. - what marriage meant and means nowadays. - other.
  9. 9. You have just read an article supporting corporal punishment with the headline “A short, sharp shock is the only answer for most of today’s criminals”. Write to the newspaper, putting the opposite view and criticising what was probably in the article. Write about 250-300 words. You should write about (tick where appropriate): O p t i o n 2 - the arguments in favour of corporal punishment. - the arguments against corporal punishment. - different examples of corporal punishment. - the (in)effectiveness of other forms of punishment. - the rise in criminal activity over the last few years. - other.
  10. 10. Make sure what you say is relevant - stick to the point! Get sidetracked. Organise your writing in paragraphs. Write one sentence for each paragraph. Keep sentences short and watch punctuation: capital letters, commas, etc. Use connectors and vocabulary just for the sake of it! Respect the number of words. Write too little or too much.

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