WRITING TASK 1   

  You should spend no more than 20 minutes on this task.   

  You live in a room in college which you share with another student. You find it very difficult to work there because your room-male always has friends visiting. He/she has parties in the room and sometimes borrows your things without asking you.   

  Write a letter to the Accommodation Officer at the college and ask for a new room next term. You would prefer a single room. Explain your reasons.   

  You should write at least 150 words.   

  You do NOT need to write your own address.   

  Begin your letter as follows;   

  Dear……………  

  Dear Sir or Madam   

  I am writing to inform you that I wish to movesintosa new room next term. I would prefer a single room, as I find the present sharing arrangement inconvenient.   

  I must explain that the reason for my dissatisfaction is my room-mate’s inconsiderate behavior. For one thing, his friends are constantly visiting him; for another, he regularly holds noisy parties. In addition, he sometimes borrows my things without asking me. In these circumstances. I find it difficult to concentrate on my studies, and I am falling behind in my assignments.   

  I am sure you will agree that the only solution is for me to molesintosa room of my own,swheresI will be free from such distractions. Therefore, I would be grateful if you could find a single room for me, preferably not in the same building but as near to the college campus as possible.   

  Yours sincerely.   

  Writing Task 2   

  You should spend no more than 40 minutes on this task.   

      As part of a class assignment you have to write about the following topic.  

  In Britain, when someone gets old they often go to live in a home with other old peopleswheresthere are nurses to look after them. Sometimes the government has to pay for this care.  

  Who should be responsible for our old people?  

  Give reasons for your answer.  

  You should write at least 250 words.  

  Many old people in Britain, after a lifetime of hard work and the toil of bringing up children, are putsintoshomes for the elderly by their families. There, they are looked after by professional nurses, and this is sometimes at the expense of the government. However, this situation has raised controversy about whether we extend to our elders the care and respect they deserve.  

  The critics of this system say that it is the duty of the family to look after its senior members in the years when they are no longer able to work. They point out that in retirement homes old people tend to feel useless and unwanted by their family members, who seldom come to see them. In addition, there is evidence that younger people benefit from the experience and wisdom of older people who live with them on a daily basis.  

  On the other had, those who support the system say that retired parents can be a burden to young families. Not only is it expensive to support old people who have little or no income, but the fact that old people are often ill and need a great deal of looking after can be too much for their busy children.  

  In my opinion, neither side is completely right. Old people in good health and with enough finances to support themselves can be a great help to their children. For instance, they can look after their grandchildren while children are out at work. On the other had, sick and penniless old people are better off being looked after in retirement homes at government expense.