Candidates are given two composition
topics, from which they
choose one. They have 50 minutes to write an essay (or letter) of 200
words. Dictionaries or other resources are not allowed.
One of the topics usually relates to
work-life at the United
Nations and may be especially related to Headquarters. The other is usually more general. The ELPE
to staff in duty stations all over the world so the composition topics
be quite broad.
Using this composition rating scale, the examiner assigns a score ranging from 0 (if nothing was written) to 20 (native-like; perfect or nearly perfect).