Part II Task, Text and Question –Sample A
Direction: Read the text and study the graphs on the following pages, answer the multiple-choice question, and write a response based on the situation described below. You may use the margins to take notes as you read. You may use scrape paper to plan your response.
The Situation: A community health clinic has invited student in your school to write health-related articles for its newsletter. You decided to write an article discussing factors that influence teenage smoking and the implications of those factors for reducing teenage smoking.
Your Task: Write an article for the community health newsletter. Using relevant information form the text and graphs, discuss the factors that influence teenage smoking and the implication of those factors for reducing teenage smoking.
Note: Most students responses to this task failed to include more than a passing reference to the graphs, a situation that scorers attributed to the original wording of the task. Instead of limiting scores to Level 3 or below, scorers were direc ted to score responses for their treatment of the text. New tasks will follow the revised format used here, and students will be expected to integrate information from both sources in their response.
Directions: Answer the following question. The questions may help you think about ideas and information you might use in your writing. You may return to these questions anytime you wish.
1. the FDA will restrict tobacco sales 3. Tobacco companies will advertise less
2. retailers will lower cigarette prices 4. Teenagers will buy fewer cigarettes
1. misunderstand cigarette warnings 3. engage in risky behavior
2. believe cigarette advertisements 4. imitate their parents
1. long slim cigarettes 3. More effective filters
2. giveaway items 4. Reduced notice cigarettes
1. start smoking 3. become addicted
2. buy a certain brand 4. decide not to smoke
After you have finished these questions, review Your Task and the Guidelines and write your response. Use scrap paper to plan your response.
Note: The operational examination will include only 8-10 question on part II. Additional questions are included here to suggest a fuller range of possible question types.
Part II Task, Text, and Question-Sample B
Direction: Read the article and study the chart on the following pages, answer the multiple-choice questions, and write a response based on the situation described below. You may use the margins to take notes as you read. You may use scrape to p lan your response.
The Situation: You are a member of the youth editorial board of a new international English-language magazine for high school students. The board is considering whether to use American English or British English in the magazine’s articles and ad vertising. As the United States representative on the board, you are submitting a written argument at the next board meeting telling why you believe the magazine should be written in American English.
Your Task: Write an argument to be submitted to the editorial board of a new international magazine for high school students. Using relevant information from the text and the chart, explain why you believe the magazine should use American Englis h in its advertising.