Test 1 structure
A. Reading - 15 questions (comprehension, True, False or Not Given (T, F, NG), pronoun reference, Finding vocabulary in text that match th definitions given) - 15 marks
B. Writing - a number of tasks for a total of 15marks, including:
a. write a controlling idea from a topic prompt (X3) - 3 marks;
b. write a concluding sentence for a paragraph (X1) - 2 marks;
c. identify main support sentences in a paragraph (X2) - 2 marks
d. write an 11-sentence process paragraph from a choice of one from five topics - 8 marks
Prompts to Help You Write Your Process Paragraph for Test 1
Here are some examples to help you write the process paragraph:
For the TOPIC sentence:
Some examples: Choose depending on the topic. Not all fit all topics.
X is easy if you follow these steps.
It is easy to X if you follow these steps.
To X, follow these steps.
In order to X, follow these steps.
Follow these steps to X.
X can be stressful, but you can reduce your stress by following these steps.
X is a process that requires Y and Z. (e.g. ‘patience and
determination’, ‘attention and wisdom’, ‘knowledge and experience’, etc.
*You can replace ‘these steps’ with ‘this procedure’, ‘these guidelines’, ‘these
instructions’, ‘these directions’.
*You can replace ‘easy’ with ‘simple’, ‘possible’, ‘problem-free), etc.
For the main point/steps sentences, use the table on pages 97, 101 and 45.
For the conclusion
Use a suitable signal from the table on page 47 for the conclusion. Read
examples from the book in Chapter 3 for Test1 (examples in Chapter 3
and Chapter 6 for Test 2 and the final)
SAMPE Eleven-SENTENCE PARAGRAPH FOR TEST 1
The topic sentnece is in red. Then come the three steps, followed by a conclusion sentence. The conclusion is in green.
Getting a Deal on Wheels
Finding a reliable used car at an affordable price requires both planning and persistence. A good starting point is narrowing down the type car you want or need. Be realistic and think of something practical. Once you’ve settled on the basic vehicle, do some research to find out which vehicles have good reliability ratings. The internet and car magazines can help compare options and read users' reviews. The next step is to find the model you are looking for. Check your local paper, car buyers’ magazines and the internet. When you finally track down what looks like the perfect car, the last step is the test drive and inspection. If the car drives well and looks good, arrange to have your mechanic inspect it. Never omit this step. After your mechanic gives the car the OK, all that’s left is to haggle over the price. After you follow these steps successfully, you are ready to buy the car and enjoy your drive.