Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30minutes to write a composition on the topicCertificate Craze on Campus. You should write atleast 120 words, and base your composition on theoutline below:
Certificate Craze on Campus
In recent years, to get a certificate has become anew craze among college students. Just randomly ask a student on campus what he or she isbusy doing, quite possibly, you may get the answer that he is preparing for a certificate ofsome kind. Why does this craze appear?
There are mainly two reasons behind this phenomenon. To begin with, it is theemployment pressure that forces college students to get more certificates. With the admissionexpansion of colleges, a lot more graduates have to face the fierce competition in the jobmarket. How can one make himself more competitive? More certificates at hand, maybe.Furthermore, diploma and certificates are still vital standards by which a good many employersmeasure a person’s ability. In order to increase the qualifications for a job, the studentscompel themselves to run from one exam to another.
From my point of view, we should be more rational when it comes to certificates, sincecertificates do not necessarily prove one’s ability. Being crazy in getting certificates blindly isnothing but wasting time. To conclude, we should focus on improving our ability but notgetting a certificate of no practical value.
For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes towrite a composition entitled Asking for Leave ofAbsence. You should write at least 120 wordsaccording to the following guidelines:
Your name and role : Sam , a sophomore inEnglish Class Two
Your Foreign Teacher’s name : Ms.Riddle
Incident: you cannot come to her class for somereason
Task: write her a note , asking for leave ofabsence
Asking for Leave of Absence
To: Ms.Riddle , my dear Oral English teacher
From: Sam , a respectful sophomore student of yours in Oral English Class Two
Date : January 8,2005
Subject: Asking for Leave of Absence
I would like to know if I could ask for a casual leave of absence from your Oral English classthis Wednesday morning.
Yesterday evening I got a phone call from my cousin ,who is now running a small firm insuburbs of this city . He needs an interpreter for two days but cannot find the most reliableperson, so he wants me to have a try.
Personally , I regard this as a golden opportunity to put what I have learned in your classinto practice, but I need your permission of absence . If you think I may go and help him getover the difficulty, I am confident that I ‘ll do a good job and both of us will grateful.
How do movies or television influence people’sbehavior? Use reasons and specific examples tosupport your answer.
The Influence of Television and Movies
There is no doubt that watching television andmovies can influence the way that people behave.Moreover, it seems that people are spending moreand more time watching some sort of visualentertainment, whether it is television, a video tapeor a DVD. Therefore, the effects of visual media cannot be ignored.
One obvious effect of these media is that watching them induces people to buy certainproducts. Television advertising is widespread and, nowadays, even movie theaters permitadvertisements. Another way TV and the movies affect people is that they give people either abroader view of the world or a distorted one, depending on what type of program they watch.Those who watch news and educational program can learn many new things while those whowatch primarily entertainment shows may come to believe that most people in the worldpossess great wealth and good looks. It may make them become dissatisfied with their ownlives. Finally, perhaps the most susceptible viewers are children, who may be unable to tell factfrom fiction and may try to imitate acts that they see on TV or in the movies.
With the ever-increasing popularity of video entertainment, society must pay attention tothese effects. Television and movies, while entertaining and informative, cannot take the placeof real experience.
Advantages and Disadvantages of the MobilePhone
With the rapid economic development, the mobilephone has found its way into campuses and a hostof students take advantage of this wonderfulgadget to communicate with each other. Thisphenomenon gives rise to this question: What arethe advantages and disadvantages of the mobilephone?
It is widely believed that it greatly facilitatesstudents’ campus life. Many instances could be foundto support this type of opinion. A graduating student in our university bought a mobile phonein the course of hunting for his job. He told me that through the mobile phone he could easilykeep in touch with the employer of the company he intends to work with and would not missany opportunities.
However, everything has both positive and negative facets. The mobile phone also hasmany disadvantages. For instance, the ringing of the mobile phone often disturbs the teacher’steaching and other students’ learning.
Personally, the advantages of the mobile phone outweigh the disadvantages of it as long aswe don’t interfere with others while using it.
Direction：For this part，you are allowed 30 minutes towrite a composition entitled On Power Failure. Youshould write at least 120 words according to thefollowing guidelines(given in Chinese)：
On Power Failure
Recently， every morning when I wake up， I findmy air-conditioner automatically turned off . I didn’t understand why at first ， but soon Ilearned that there was a great shortage of electricity supply in our city – my air-conditionerturned off because of a power failure midnight.
With the rapidly developing industry and the ever-increasing population， demand forelectricity supply is soaring. Besides， summers in recent years are much hotter than before ，so most working places and households are air-conditioned ， which consumes additionalelectricity.
Face with such a hard nut ， we have to find ways to crack it . Above all ， in western areasChina ， there is surplus of electricity supply. So ， cities that are thirsty for electricity mayask for remote help. Then ，when we have electricity ， we should remember to save it . Setyour air-conditioners at 27C and you won’t feel less comfortable than when they are at 26C . Infact ， some factories already shift their working hours to avoid the peak time of electricityconsuming. My parents don’t work from Monday to Friday as before – they work form Saturdayto Wednesday and have the following two days off instead. This is also a way out， isn’t it?
Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30minutes to write a composition on the topic OnlineGames. You should write at least 120 words, andbase your composition on the outline below:
As a product of modern computer and theInternet, online games have become very popular among college students. A great manystudents have enjoyed great pleasure and satisfaction from these games. But as we see,some students lacking self-discipline are too much indulged in these games so that their healthand academic performances are affected. This phenomenon has caused much worry fromthe teachers and parents.
However, some others argue that online games are not always harmful. They can train theability of youngsters to respond to things quickly. Moreover, they can stimulate theirimagination and their interest in computer science. More importantly, it does bring collegestudents much pleasure and release their pressure greatly.
From my point of view, online games are a wonderful entertainment if you play them in areasonable way. When they interfere too much with your study, it is better for you to givethem up at once. Yet if you have enough self-control over them, you can certainly obtain realpleasure and benefit a lot from them.
Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30minutes to write a composition on the topicExtravagant Spending on College Campus. Youshould write at least 120 words, and base yourcomposition on the outline below:
Extravagant Spending on College Campus
According to a survey, in recent years the monthly expenditure of a college student hasbeen on the sharp rise. Many college students have no concept of thrift in their mind. Theytake it for granted that they spend money from their parents before they enter into the society.This extravagant spending is primarily caused by the following factors.
First of all, nowadays most of the students are the only children of their families. They arethe apple in their family’s eyes and naturally get more care and pocket money. In addition, withthe improvement of living standards, parents can afford higher expenditure of their children.Moreover, some students like to pursue fashion and trends, which tend to need more money.Finally, campus love is also a possible factor causing extravagant spending.
From my point of view, a college student, as a pure consumer, should learn to be thrifty.We should limit our expenditure on daily necessities but not buy whatever we want regardlessof their prices. The habit of thrift can help us form right values and is favorable to our futuredevelopment.
Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30minutes to write a composition on the topic SocialPractice of College Students. You should write atleast 120 words, and base your composition on theoutline below:
Social Practice of College Students
Nowadays a large number of universitiesencourage and organize students to take part in social practice activities. During theholidays, students in mounting numbers choose to be the volunteers, take part-time jobs, ortake part in other practical activities alike. It is obvious that social practice is playing anincreasingly essential role in China’s college education.
Undoubtedly, college students have benefited a lot from social practice. Above all, they areprovided with more opportunities to contact the real world outside campus. What is more, insocial practice activities, students can apply their theoretical knowledge to the solution to thepractical problems. So their practical skills are improved greatly. Besides, social practice helpsstrengthen students’ sense of social responsibility.
Considering the above-mentioned, it is necessary for college students to participate insocial practice. However, social practice may bring some problems. For example, somestudents spend too much time in taking part-time jobs so as to ignore their study. Hence, weshould try to balance the relationship between social practice and study.
Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30minutes to write a composition on the topicFrustration Education should be Strengthenedamong College Students. You should write at least120 words, and base your composition on theoutline：
Frustration Education should beStrengthened among College Students
It is universally acknowledged that college students should be guided correctly to facefrustrations in life. Frustration is inevitable during our life, and frustration education should becarried out among colleges and universities. The truth of it is deep and profound.
A great many remarkable illustrations contribute to this argument. A case in point is thatthere are an increasing number of college students committing suicide each year whenconfronted with some kind of frustration. This is close to suggest that strengtheningfrustration education allows of no delay. As a matter of fact, it seems that successful peopletend to be good at dealing with frustrations. Moreover, most of the students are oftenannoyed and discouraged by frustrations instead of drawing lessons.
Judging from the evidence offered, we might safely draw the conclusion that frustrationeducation is essential to the college students. But what is worth noting is colleges should alsoprovide psychological service for the students while giving frustration education. Toconclude, college students should be guided in the right path when facing setbacks in life.
Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30minutes to write a composition on the topic Testfor Civil Servants. You should write at least 120words, and base your composition on the outlinebelow:
Test for Civil Servants
In recent years, there are people in expanding numbers who have participated in the testfor civil servants. Millions of students choose civil servant as their most ideal occupation aftergraduation. And among them, the high-educated, like masters and doctors, take quite a largepercentage. The craze in civil servant test has attracted widespread attention.
The following fundamental causes can account for this kind of craze. First and foremost,nowadays college students face great employment pressure. Civil servant, as one of the moststable professions in today’s China, becomes their preferable choice. Moreover, recently, thewelfare and salary of civil servants have been improved greatly, which undoubtedly attractsmany people. Last but not least, the high social position of civil servants is a crucial factordrawing many people to take part in the civil servant test.
In my opinion, this craze in civil servant test will continue in the following years. However,from the long run, it does not do good to the development of our nation. If most high qualitytalents gather in the government departments, it might lead to a waste of resources.Accordingly, both the individuals and the government should have a more objectiverecognition of the civil servant test craze.
Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30minutes to write a short essay on the topicStudying Abroad. You should write at least 120words following the outline given below:
Nowadays, going abroad for studies is enjoying astriking popularity among adolescents. Importanceshould be attached to studying abroad.
There are a great many advantages of studying overseas. First and foremost, living andstudying abroad offers students a different perspective of the world. On a university campus,international students are likely to encounter their counterparts from various countries andareas and are exposed to diverse ideas and values. What is more, overseas experience is thebest opportunity for the real-life use of foreign languages. There is no better opportunity toimprove second-language skills than living in the country in which it is spoken.
Generally peaking, it is my view that although going abroad is expensive and perhapspainful, the payoff is worthwhile. In the first place, in addition to knowledge, overseasstudents can gain precious experiences that those who stay at home will never have.Furthermore, overseas experience, frustrating and painful as it may be, is conducive to thegrowth of adolescents.
Directions: For this part you are allowed 30minutes to write a composition on the topic Jobsfor Graduates. You should write at least 120 wordsand base your composition on the outline below:
Job hunting has always been a headache forcollege students. Though many graduates areemployed right after graduation, some are not. Mostserious of all, some still have no idea where to go working even a long time after graduation.
The reasons for this phenomenon are various. On the one hand, a few years ago collegesand universities enrolled so many students in popular majors, such as economy, finance andso on that the number of graduates was greater than the need in the market. On the otherhand, most graduates would rather stay in large cities without suitable job to do than go tothe country.
I reckon this problem can be solved if both colleges and students take measures. First, theyshould research the market and develop special skills to suit its need. Second, students’attitude towards employment should be changed. They should go to small cities and country.There they can also give full play to their professional knowledge. In a word, if we pay muchattention, the situation can be improved.
Directions: For this part you are allowed 30minutes to write a composition on the topicInternet. You should write at least 120 words andbase your composition on the outline below:
In recent years, people are developing aninseparable relationship with Internet. As is known toall, it is convenient for us to click the mouse whensurfing on line, either to entertain ourselves or to meet the work’s needs.
On the one hand, no one denies that Internet is currently one of the most useful media inour daily life. As a college student, I get on line every day to exchange information through e-mails with my net friends. But on the other hand, a good many people admit that they are toomuch addicted to Internet to maintain a regular and wholesome lifestyle.
Thus, it is necessary for us to use Internet in a reasonable way and restrain fromoverindulgence. After all，Internet is invented to enrich our life, and to improve the efficiencyof our work rather than shackle us with a chain.
More People Choosing Overseas Destinations for Their Holidays
Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30minutes to write a short essay entitled More PeopleChoosing Overseas Destinations for Their Holidaysbased on the statistics provided in the chart below.Please give a brief description of the chart first andthen make comments on it. You should write at least120 words but no more than 180 words.
More People Choosing Overseas Destinations for Their Holidays
From the chart given above, we can observe that the number of people traveling abroadexperienced some changes during the past several years. From 1993 to 2003, the number ofChinese people choosing overseas destinations for their holidays increased rapidly from lessthan 5 million to 20 million, and then to 70 million in 2011.
What exactly contribute to this phenomenon? Reasons can be listed as follows: for onething, the authorities have issued some preferential policies to promote the development of theoverseas tourism industry, which encourages a sudden emergence of travel agencies that canprovide customers with convenient overseas tourism services. For another, with theimprovement of financial status and purchasing power, a considerable number of Chinesepeople can afford the once-deemed-expensive traveling expenses.
By observing the past trends, we may forecast that the growth tendency will continue.However, it is also a highly variable industry which is vulnerable to seasons and climates,international political situation, fluctuations in exchange.
Directions:Study the following picture carefullyand write an essay in which you should
1) describe the picture,
2) interpret itsmeaning, and
3) support your view with examples.
One glance at a pyramid can leave the viewer in awe of its beauty and splend or. Uponcloser examination, however, one might be surprised to discover that such a grandiosestructure is composed entirely of ordinary stones.
Most people are familiar with the proverb: Rome was not built in a day. An object as grandas a pyramid is likewise not so quickly or easily constructed. Just as the greatness of the cityof Rome is due to the combination of its smaller parts, a pyramid is only as strong as thestones it is comprised of. The image of a pyramid reminds us that great success is in fact anaccumulation of small a chievements.
History proves that many famous artists and scientists are only successful because of theircontinued efforts, even after numerous failures. One might recall Leonardo DaVinci’s drawing ofan egg, Wang Xi Zhi practicing handwriting, or Thomas Edison inventing the light bulb, forexample. The fable that tells us that even water can eventually pierce through stone alsopoints to the importance of patience and diligence. We should take such stories and historiesinto account and remember the importance of fundamentals; remember that one can build apyramid only if one is willing to work with small stones. People would be wise to abandonrash inclinations and instead try in earnest. Perseverance is sure to leadto success.