Full name: _____________________ Student ID: ____________________
READING – WRITING 4
Choose ONE of the topics below and write an essay
Word limit: 250 - 300 words
1. Many students find it frustrating when they feel they have too little time to study for tests. How do you manage
your time for exam preparation?
2. Mental health has been considered as one of the public concerns. What are the causes of mental health and its
effects on teenagers?
3. Some people enjoy hanging out with friends in their free time while others just want to stay at home. Compare
and contrast these two activities.
4. Some students find English hard and useless for their life. Should English be a compulsory subject at school?
Passage 1 (20pts):
WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY ABOUT US
A DASHA (RUSSIA)
I knew nothing about the university or the area it's
in when I decided to come here. The prospectuses
from different universities all claimed they were the
best. They all showed good-looking students with
happy smiling faces on every page. They didn't
look like real students to me. All the courses
sounded equally exciting
, and all the staff seemed
equally well qualified. In the end, I simply put the
names of five universities into a hat and picked one
out. So that's why I'm here. But I needn't have
worried, it's been a fantastic experience. I've only
been here three weeks
, but already I feel at home. I
can speak English a hundred per cent better than
when I arrived, and I've learnt more about this
country and its culture than I had in my previous
seven years of learning English at school.