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Proficient End-of-course Test B Paper 2: Writing

Keynote Proficient End-of-course Test B

Paper 2: Writing

Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Name: ________________________________________

Total score: _____ / 40


Do not open this question paper until you are told to do so.
Read the instructions for each part of the paper carefully.
Answer the Part 1 question and one question from Part 2.
Write clearly in pen, not pencil. You may make alterations, but make sure your work
is easy to read.


Each question in this paper carries equal marks.

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Keynote Proficient End-of-course Test B Paper 2: Writing

Part 1

Read the two texts below.

Write an essay summarizing and evaluating the key points from both texts. Use your own
words throughout as far as possible, and include your own ideas in your answer.
Write your answer in 240 – 280 words on a separate sheet of paper.

Good news

You’ve just had a great bit of news – you’ve received an offer of work for your
dream job, got engaged to be married, won the holiday of a lifetime. It stands
to reason you immediately want to post a Tweet or update your Facebook
status – let everyone know about your good fortune so they can share in it
with you. This comes from a genuine desire to celebrate with your nearest and
dearest. But maybe you should think twice: yes, your friends may be pleased
by your news – but they might consider you just a little bit boastful, too.


What’s wrong with a bit of self-promotion? To my mind you won’t get very far in this world if
you don’t get out there and let people know about your achievements or dreams. Are you
hoping to land a top job at the best law firm in town? Do you want to find the perfect partner
to settle down with? To have any hope of standing out from the crowd, creating an online
presence is key – whether it’s building a website that showcases your talents, uploading your
profile to job networking sites, or telling the world about your experiences and successes.

Write your essay.

Marks (out of 20) = _____

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Keynote Proficient End-of-course Test B Paper 2: Writing

Part 2

Write an answer to one of the questions 2 – 4 in this part. Write your answer in 280 – 320
words in an appropriate style on a separate sheet of paper.

2 An English-language consumer website has invited visitors to send in reviews of energy-

saving devices they have used at work or at home. You decide to send in a review of an
energy-saving device you have used recently. In your review you should briefly describe
the device you used and how effective it was. You should also assess the wider impact
of using such energy-saving devices.

Write your review.

3 The tourist office for your town has invited local residents to send in reports about
cultural events which have taken place in the town. You decide to send in a report briefly
describing one such event and evaluating how successful it was in attracting tourists to
the town. Your report should also consider why it is important to continue to attract
tourists to your town.

Write your report.

4 An English-language magazine has invited readers to send in articles about education.

You decide to send in an article describing the different roles that parents and schools
should play in educating young people. Your article should also compare the value of
learning academic subjects with more general life skills, such as building better
relationships with other people.

Write your article.

Marks (out of 20) = _____

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