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Level 3 writing test

The brand-new examination set we prepared for our students on level 3. Below you will find example answers to the chosen tasks. At the end of the page a pdf version of tasks is available.

English examination set #L3/W/014

Level 3

Writing

Time: 80 minutes

TASK 1

Write a minimum of 120 words on one of the topics below.

(In the examination candidates are to write either a letter or a memorandum – never both)

  1. Letter / email

In the area where you are stationed on a mission, there is going to be a referendum. You have received a letter from the local authorities with a request to provide more security and to protect the polling stations on the day of the referendum. Write a reply to the letter 1) accepting the task, 2) asking for additional information, and 3) suggesting a meeting to arrange further details. Continue reading “Level 3 writing test” »

Memorandum / memo

Memorandum / Memo

Memorandum/memo - an exampleI have already discussed military reports on many occasions here. Some examples have been shown to you as well. So today, I decided to take into other forms of writing you may be required to write during exams or your everyday work. If you are a staff officer, most probably you deal with memoranda as often as with reports. A Memorandum, also called a memo, is a frequent piece of writing used in business communication too. Memos are used mainly to communicate some important issues to subordinate staff. They can also be used to persuade somebody to take actions, give feedback on something or react to previous concerns, documents or issues discussed.

Memorandum – structure

A memo will be usually addressed to your co-workers or people who you had worked with before. Anyway, do not assume that they have all the contact data and provide it in a clear, visible form. It’s good to follow an effective format of any memo which contains subsequent sections called “to,” “from,” subject,” “date.” Those text markers along with other talking headings will make your memorandum orderly and reader-friendly.

Since memoranda (watch the plural form – it’s from Latin!) may be distributed freely, you can receive a document which is not relevant for you. Likewise, your memos (this time regular plural form!) may reach the addressees who are not interested in it at all. Therefore it is a common practice to make a clear purpose statement at the beginning of our memo. This statement will clearly define the purpose of the paper; it should be concise and direct.

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