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.
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 English speaker read your answer
and to assign a score based on the composition rating scale.
During the exam
- Take a writing course,
if possible. Ideal writing courses to help you prepare include
Correspondence Writing, or a 'fundamentals of writing' course such as
the Writng Workshop offered at UNHQ.
- 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
- 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.
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.