Directions: These sample tasks in the Writing section measure your ability to write in English in an academic environment. There will be 2 writing tasks.
• For the first task in this sampler, you will read a passage and part of a lecture about an academic topic. Then you will write a response to a question that asks you about the relationship between the lecture and the reading passage. Try to answer the question as completely as possible using information from the reading passage and the lecture. The question does not ask you to express your personal opinion. In an actual test, your response would be judged on the quality of your writing and on how well your response presents the points in the lecture and their relationship to the reading passage.
• For the second task, you will demonstrate your ability to write an essay in response to a question that asks you to express and support your opinion about a topic or issue. In an actual test, your essay would be scored on the quality of your writing. This includes the development of your ideas, the organization of your essay, and the quality and accuracy of the language you use to express your ideas.
• At the end of the Writing section, you will find two sample essays for each question, the score they received, and an explanation of how they were scored.
• In an actual test, you would be able to take notes while you listened and use your notes to help you answer the questions.