Tips on How to Succeed

Before the exam
  • Brainstorm about possible topics.   One topic is always UN-related.  What are some 'hot topics' at the United Nations recently?  Another topic is more 'general'.  What are some 'hot topics' in the news these days?  There is a good chance the you can 'guess' possible topics.  One option is often to write a letter or memo; the other option is typically an essay.
  • Practice beforehand by writing on a 'possible topic' that you have imagined - or from the list of suggested practice topics on our 'writing resources' page.   You may want to have a native Chinese speaker read your answer and to assign a score based on the composition rating scale.
During the exam
  • Relax. You are not expected to write flawlessly - just to write well enough so that you can we easily understood and appear professional in a work environment.
  • Write clearly and legibly.  If the examiner cannot read your handwriting because it's too messy or written with a dull pencil (making it too light), it will be very difficult to evaluate you well.
  • Don't write your name in your answer.  To be fair to all test candidates, you are not allowed to write your name - and if you do, your test will not be evaluated.  
  • Don't memorize an answer. Remember that this is meant to be a test of how well you can write under time pressure - not a test of how well you can memorize a 'generic' answer.   Our experienced examiners will know if you do this - and it tends to lower your score.