Hi,
Someone needs to take the ELTS. He finds the sample questions for the written part as follows:
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Writing Task 1
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
You rent a house through an agency. The heating system has stopped working. You phoned the agency a week ago but it has still not been repaired.
Write a letter to the agency. In your letter
introduce yourself
explain the situation
say what action you would like the agency to take
Write at least 150 words
and
Writing Task 2
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Some businesses now say that no one can smoke cigarettes in any of their offices. Some governments have banned smoking in all public places. This is a good idea but it takes away some of our freedom.

Do you agree or disagree?
Write at least 250 words.
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your experience.
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The first one is a letter asking for assistance and the second one needs him to argue about both sides of an issue. If he is out of school now, what can he do to help write those types of articles well? What books or material can he read that may help? Thank you in advance.
David
cyberdude wrote on 17 Apr 2004:
Hi, Someone needs to take the ELTS. He finds the sample questions for the written part as follows: <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Writing ... write those types of articles well? What books or material can he read that may help? Thank you in advance.[/nq]
There are hundreds of books that purport to teach people how to write all kinds of letters. Some are helpful and some are not. When writing a letter asking for assistance, common sense ought to provide all the information one needs for a decent letter. This writing task tells the test-taker exactly what kind of information is required. It doesn't require a book that teaches one how to write letters but a knowledge of how to say what needs to be said the appropriate level of politeness (which means that one needs to know when and how to threaten the housing agency with a lawsuit if the heating problem is not fixed in a reasonable time, which may vary according to the season and the outside and inside temperatures).
There is no book to read about the smoking issue. There are lots of newspaper and magazine articles about the problem, though. And again, the test tells the test-taker what to include: the good points about prohibiting public smoking and the (IMHO, specious) argument about losing some of our freedoms. What is necessary here is a book that illustrates a compare-and-contrast style essay.

Franke: EFL teacher & medical editor.
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Writing Task 2 You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: Some businesses now ... write those types of articles well? What books or material can he read that may help? Thank you in advance.

I don't interpret the instructions for the second one as saying he has to argue on both sides, just take one position and defend it. Am I missing something?
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Writing Task 2 You should spend about 40 minutes on ... can he read that may help? Thank you in advance.

I don't interpret the instructions for the second one as saying he has to argue on both sides, just take one position and defend it. Am I missing something?

I was wrong. The candidate should take one stance and then defend for himself/herself.
David
cyberdude wrote on 17 Apr 2004:
I don't interpret the instructions for the second one as ... take one position and defend it. Am I missing something?

I was wrong. The candidate should take one stance and then defend for himself/herself.

All your friend has to do is read the newspaper and magazine articles that discuss the issue, write down the arguments that proponents and opponents of the laws against smoking in public places use to support their positions, and then create a coherent essay. The easiest way to write this kind of essay is to start with a statement of one's position, eg:
Pro: "Governments and businesses must prohibit smoking in offices and public places, because if the decision to smoke or not smoke in such places is left up to smokers, non-smokers will always have their right to breathe the cleanest possible air violated by inconsiderate smokers."
Anti: "Smoking cigarettes is a legal activity. By prohibiting smokers from exercising their right to smoke, businesses and governments unreasonably and unfairly infringe upon all our individual rights and freedoms".
All your friend has to do now is to produce convincing arguments in support of the pro or anti position.

Franke: EFL teacher & medical editor.
For email, ehziuh htiw rehpycrebyc ecalper.
Hi, Someone needs to take the ELTS.

What would be wrong with the IELTS practice materials?

Surely the answer really depends on his competency in English.
He finds the sample questions for the written part as follows: <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Writing Task 1 You should spend about 20 ... write those types of articles well? What books or material can he read that may help? Thank you in advance.[/nq]
I guess the relevance here is to see how much garbage you can stomach without killing your supervisor.
Is this through ECCMA or through some other organization? These questions could be unrelated to actual questions asked on the ELTS tests.

Jon Miller
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Is this through ECCMA or through some other organization? These questions could be unrelated to actual questions asked on the ELTS tests.

They are found from ELTS's homepage.
David