SLP 4444 – Writing test

I’m back at the computer, so I’ll be publishing more tests now. Today, writing again. This time level 4 writing task, again, from the original Polish examination paper – courtesy of Polish Central Examination Board of MoD. You have 70 minutes to fulfil the writing task.

Writing – Level 4 (SLP 4444)


An international military research group is analysing the effects of the mission in Iraq on national forces. You have been tasked with writing a report about changes in the Polish Armed Forces (PAF) resulting from experience gained during the mission. (1) Describe briefly the 2003 – 2008 mission. (2) Say what problems appeared. (3) Speculate what could have been done better in the early phase. (4) Describe the advantages and (5) disadvantages of the mission for the Polish military. (6) Make recommendations how to improve preparations of Polish troops for other future operations. (7) Justify your opinions.   

A high degree of accuracy, appropriacy and good organisation within paragraphs is expected. Write between 500 and 600 words. You have 70 minutes for this task. Below are some prompts that may help you.


The map of Iraq with different areas of responsibility

Multinational Forces under Polish command over several years: Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, Poland, Romania, El Salvador, Slovakia, Ukraine, the USA. Polish casualties: 23.

Various Opinions:

‘Polish Army sucks! The commanders react too slowly and don’t follow orders from the American allies’ cause they don’t understand English. The soldiers are poorly trained, badly equipped and can hardly co-operate with US troops.’

Paul Bremer, American, former-head of the Occupation Forces (2004).

‘We were really well prepared for this mission. If only we had better equipment –  not only vehicles and weapons, but also stuff like goggles or boots! Well, so much for safety and comfort.’

A soldier (2005).

‘We’ve started modifying our strategy, tactics and operationability. We realized asymmetric war in urban areas was a true challenge – now we know how to prevent it or fight it .’

A military expert (2007).

‘The lesson we’ve learned – combat experience. Proving your skills, testing the men and the equipment. Conclusions? There’s lots to change – our training system for example.’

An officer (2008).

Rotation Number of soldiers From To
I. 2500 17.05.2003 11.01.2004
II. 2500 11.01.2004 18.07.2004
III. 2400 18.07.2004 07.02.2005
IV. 1500 07.02.2005 26.07.2005
V. 1500 26.07.2005 06.02.2006
VI. 900 06.02.2006 18.07.2006
VII. 900 18.07.2006 24.01.2007
VIII. 900 24.01.2007 25.07.2007
IX. 900 25.07.2007 30.01.2008
X. 900 30.01.2008 31.10.2008