Academic Writing test

Section 1: Academic English phrases

Part A: Gapfill – 10 minutes

Put one word into each gap below.

1. _____ spite of all this,…

2. ______ a direct result of…

3. ______ be more precise,…

4. ______ complete contrast,…

5. ______ though all that is true,…

6. … is usually defined ______ …

7. A simpler ______ less precise definition is…

8. An additional example _____ this is…

9. An example ______ I often use is…

10. An example from ______ own experience is…

11. As ______ clearly shown above…

12. As _______ general rule…

13. Because _______ all the reasons given above…

14. I can illustrate this point _______ an analogy.

15. It is thought ______ many that…

16. It will reach a new _______ of 100,000 dollars by the end of the year.

17. One of _____ best examples is…

18. The advantages easily _________ the disadvantages.

19. There are far more pros _____ cons.

20. You could also ________ this to mean…

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Part B: Brainstorming of suitable phrases – 20 minutes

Put four words or expressions into each of the lists below in order, putting them next to other words or phrases if they have exactly the same meaning. You will get one mark for each word or expression which is in the right place and bonus marks for language which is particularly high level, e.g. phrases which were new to most students when they were presented during the course.

1. Exactly the same ______________________________

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Completely different ______________________________

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2. By far the greatest positive point ______________________________

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A significant positive aspect ______________________________

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3. Will definitely ______________________________

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Almost certainly won’t ______________________________

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4. Almost always ______________________________

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Hardly ever ______________________________

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5. Almost all ______________________________

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A tiny minority (of…) ______________________________

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6. Explode ______________________________

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Decline dramatically ______________________________

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Section 2: Planning writing – 20 minutes

Decide on two different structures for an answer to the task below into paragraphs and explain the topics of the paragraphs in those two structures with between one and five words on each of the lines below. You don’t have to use all five paragraphs. Then write just the introduction to one of those two versions of the essay in the space given.

“Compare and contrast two solutions to deflation in Japan”

Version 1

Paragraph 1: ____________________________________________________________

Paragraph 2: ____________________________________________________________

Paragraph 3: ____________________________________________________________

Paragraph 4: ____________________________________________________________

Paragraph 5: ____________________________________________________________

Version 2

Paragraph 1: ____________________________________________________________

Paragraph 2: ____________________________________________________________

Paragraph 3: ____________________________________________________________

Paragraph 4: ____________________________________________________________

Paragraph 5: ____________________________________________________________

Introduction to version 1/ version 2 (please circle)

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Section 3: Writing – 30 minutes

Write at least 180 words on the data given below, summarising and comparing the figures, then speculating on possible reasons for them and ways that they could change in the future.

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