1. Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a short essay entitled More Candidates for Civil Servant. You should write at least 120 words following the outline given below in Chinese:
More Candidates for Civil Servant
Nowadays many college graduates apply for civil servant positions. It is true that the positions are ideal in terms of incomes, employment security and respect of others. However, the ever increasing number of applicants doesn’t necessarily mean a good thing. The fever for civil servant has brought some side effects. The side effects are listed as follows:
Firstly, many students apply for the positions for wrong reasons. Some of them apply just because their friends do it or because their parents want them. Some, instead of aiming at serve the people, have the intention of enjoying the interests and power brought by their future position. Secondly, too many candidates compete for limited positions. Take such hot positions as those in the judicial branch of government for example, it is estimated that one matriculate is selected out of 200 candidates. More worse, with the flow of most talents to such positions, those positions that are important for social welfare but inferior in personal welfare are left uninterested. This should arouse our deep concern.
For my part, college students should be cautious when deciding whether to apply for the positions. On the one hand, they should not follow others blindly. On the other hand, there are plenty of ways of employment and self-employment, so why crowd on one bus? In a word, the fever should be cooled down.
2. Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a composition on the topic: Knowledge and Diploma. You should write at least 120 words and base your composition on the outline (given in Chinese) below:
Knowledge and Diploma
With the development of the society, more and more people enroll in the postgraduate examination for getting a high diploma. It is believed that high diploma equals to high ability and profound knowledge. Most companies are inclined to hire the people with high diploma. It seems that having high diploma means a better future.
However, is it really true that high diploma equals to high ability or profound knowledge? Some people do not agree on this kind of idea. They claim that ability or knowledge means more than diploma. Take Bill Gates, the head of the Microsoft, for example, he does not have a MBA degree which is believed to play a vital role in the success in commercial life. Furthermore, Sam Walton of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. does not a MBA degree, but they are the most successful man in commercial.
In my opinion, diploma does not equal to knowledge. A diploma is a piece of paper which establishes your education degree. But your true ability and the real knowledge come from your hard work and endowment. If you got a diploma by dishonest behavior, no matter how high a diploma it is, it was just a piece of paper, and you were as blank as that paper.
3. Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a short essay on the topic: Should We still Cherish Chinese Traditional Virtues. You should write at least 120 words following the outline given below:
Should We still Cherish Chinese Traditional Virtues
Today’s youth do things in their own ways, spend money on whatever they want and talk to people in their own languages — personality development is overstated by young people these days. To some of them, personality means to be totally different from who their parents used to be.
But the problem is that during their pursuit of their personal goals they ignore some of the traditional virtues of which their forefathers were proud. Take the question of fidelity to elders for example. With better education and different experiences, some young people find it’s hard to agree with their parents any longer. They have a feeling of superiority and even sometimes turn their back on their elder parents.
To me, personality development and traditional virtues have nothing to do with right or wrong. In our society, we need them both. These virtues help you to become a better Chinese, while personality development will improve your own character.
4. Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a composition on the topic: Perseverance. You should write at least 120 words and base your composition on the outline (given in Chinese) below:
Of all the advantageous characteristics to have, I think that perseverance plays the greatest role in one’s success. Other characteristics, such as intelligence, confidence, and honesty, are no doubt important, but they do not necessarily guarantee success. Perseverance offers no guarantees either, but I believe that this trait offers one more opportunity to succeed.
There are several reasons why perseverance often leads to success. First of all, a man who has perseverance does not give up after a failure. He tries again and can, therefore, learn from his mistakes. Second, a persistent person is usually a hard worker, and hard work is an important ingredient in success. Last, with perseverance comes a certain amount of confidence — the confidence that one will eventually 2
For all of these reasons, I believe that perseverance is the most important characteristic to have. It is easily combined with other traits such as diligence and confidence to increase the chances of success. However, without perseverance, one’s success may be more dependent on luck than anything else.
5. Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a composition on the topic: Learning about Life. You should write at least 120 words and base your composition on the outline (given in Chinese) below:
Learning about Life
As we grow, we learn many things about life. Some of these lessons are easy and some are difficult. Some believe that they can learn best by listening to the advice of others, while others believe that it is better to learn through personal experience.
In the first case, learning by listening to others, we have the benefit of learning from others’ mistakes and are thus being able to avoid them ourselves. Our friends and family will help us make better decisions and avoid costly errors. Furthermore, the people who know us well can advise us effectively because they understand our strengths and weaknesses. At the same time, they are sometimes able to see situations more objectively than we are.
In the second case, learning through doing, we have the advantage of gaining meaningful experience. We will no doubt better remember the lessons we learn when we enjoy the rewards or suffer the consequences ourselves. Moreover, we can often develop other skills through personal experience and can learn from our mistakes.
Given a choice between these two ways of learning about life, I would still choose the former. This is because I believe I should take advantage of all the resources available, and the experiences of my family and friends are a valuable resource. For example, if I were preparing to take my first trip abroad on my own, the advice of others who have already experienced such a trip could only help me. Just as we can learn from history, we can learn from the past actions of those close to us.
6. Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a short essay entitled Should We Worship Celebrities? You should write at least 120 words following the outline given below in Chinese:
Should We Worship Celebrities?
Celebrities have excelled in their respective fields and made a place for themselves in the society. Actors, athletes, rock stars and even politicians whom we look up to are all celebrities. However, achievement in careers does not necessarily make celebrities idols to be worshipped blindly, as they think and make mistakes too as we common people do.
Having a role model is of no harm, but we should not imitate everything we hear about the celebrities without any judgment. Learn from the celebrities with our minds open; do not let their persona overshadow our judgment. We should remember that however extraordinary these people are, they are also ordinary human beings and liable to make mistakes or even very bad decisions at some point of their life. For example, a number of athletes and rock stars have been associated with drugs. It is for us to decide what we should imbibe from them and what not.
Meanwhile, though the celebrities are at the zenith of their professions, it is not always necessary that they are as good in their personal life. We should let their actions speak for them. What they do in real life is more important than what they preach. An ordinary man on the street, though unknown to the public, may be a better person than they are.
In conclusion, we should keep ourselves open to others’ opinions, but at the same time decide by ourselves what is right.
7. Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a short essay entitled Never Give Up. You should write at least 120 words following the outline given below in Chinese:
Never Give Up
“Never give up” is often said by people when they are frustrated or in depression. This phrase means determination and encouragement. In my opinion, the determination to succeed is of great importance. Therefore, I believe that we should never give up.
If we give up too easily, we will rarely achieve anything. It is not unusual for us to fail in our first attempt at something new, so we should not feel discouraged by our failures; instead we should try again. Besides, if we always give up when we fail, we will not be able to develop new skills and grow as we should.
Another reason that we should never give up is because we can learn from our mistakes only if we make a new effort. If we do not try again, the lesson we have learned is of no use.
Finally, as we work to reach our goals, we develop confidence, and this confidence can help us succeed in other areas of life. If we never challenge ourselves, we will begin to doubt our abilities.
In short, it is important that we do not give up when working for our goals. Whether we succeed in the end or not, we will learn something, and what we learn will help us do better in our future work. Furthermore, if we give up, we have no chance of attaining our goals; but if we keep trying, there is always a chance that we will succeed one day.
8. Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a composition on the topic: Young Generation Lacking of Striving Spirit. You should write at least 120 words and base your composition on the outline (given in Chinese) below:
Young Generation Lacking of Striving Spirit
It is now said that the young generation is lacking of striving spirit. As I see it, this phenomenon is truly footed in fact. They are easy to give up and always turn a pessimistic attitude to failure. But why does it happen?
First of all, I have a sense that it is the living condition that matters. Born in the 1980s, most of us are the only child in the family living in the greenhouse, we receive endless care like flowers. It is the love from our parents that set us away from the real world. As this goes on, when we step into the society one day, we cannot get accustomed to the fierce and competitive social life.
What's more, with a negative attitude, many young people are easy to be tired with everything. When coming across with a sticky problem, they are willing to stay behind rather than have a crack. Perhaps the so-called sloth has claimed them for its own.
The last but not the least, nowadays, the competition in the society is fiercer than we could imagine. In order to survive, the young people have to struggle under burden of study and work. Be adapted to the press and failure, the young people lose their self-confidence and self-esteem little by little, not to mention about the striving spirit.
9. Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a composition on the topic: To Leave or Stay, My Choice on Graduation. You should write at least 120 words and base your composition on the outline (given in Chinese) below:
To Leave or Stay, My Choice on Graduation
To hunt for a job or to pursue further study is a controversy among many college graduates. Some students plan to leave school to find a job for they believe four-year academic training has well prepared them for future career, but if I should make the choice I would prefer to continue my education for a higher degree.
This preference can be explained by a couple of factors. For one thing, I am keenly interested in my subject and university is a good place to do more research. If I stayed here for another couple of years, I would surely get further insights into the field where I study. For another, the development of society demands people with better qualifications. The higher degree one holds, the more competence one may have. Above all, with several more years at school, I will be a better-educated person with surer control of myself and a better understanding of the world. Naturally, it will be easier for me to find a more satisfactory job in the future.
Therefore, I am now working hard on postgraduate entrance exams. Though it means more time and money will be spent, I firmly believe it is well worth the efforts and costs.
10. Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a composition on the 5
topic: The Two Sides of a Mobile Phone. You should write at least 120 words and base your composition on the outline (given in Chinese) below:
The Two Sides of a Mobile Phone
As a product of modern technology, a mobile phone is being more and more widely used. Being small in size, light in weight and easy to carry, it offers fast and convenient service for the world’s communication. However, as is the case with many issues, a mobile phone has both positive and negative aspects.
On the positive side, a mobile phone allows calls to be made instantly from almost any location. This can be vital where emergency services need to be called. Another underlying benefit is its convenience for social or business purposes. If one travels to a business meeting on a delayed train, a call can be made from the train to inform others of his situation. Moreover a mobile phone can serve as a connection to the Internet, which can be extremely convenient for obtaining information. On the negative side, the fact that a mobile phone allows a person to be contacted at any time can in itself be a disadvantage. Another disadvantage is the perceived health risks associated with its use. Some people believe that using mobile phones for long periods can damage the brain. Still another disadvantage is the nuisance it can cause at times when the sound of a phone ringing is irritating, such as in the classroom, or at the theater.
No sensible man will deny that a mobile phone has both benefits and drawbacks but on balance perhaps the merits of a mobile phone outweigh its demerits since a mobile phone has become an integral part of modern life.
11. Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a composition on the topic: Online Games. You should write at least 120 words and base your composition on the outline (given in Chinese) below:
As a product of modern computer and the Internet, online games have become very popular among college students. Many of the students have enjoyed great pleasure from the games. But some others are so much indulged in the games that their studies and health are affected. This phenomenon has caused much worry from the teachers and parents.
However, some people argue that online games are not always harmful. They can train the ability of youngsters to respond to things quickly. They can also stimulate students’ interest in computer science. Moreover, they can release college students’ study pressures greatly.
In my opinion, online games may refresh our minds and bring us certain pleasure when we are tired of studies. But we should have a strong self-control and play the 6
games only when we have finished our study tasks. If we play them in the right way, we might benefit a lot from them. But if we are addicted to them, we might harvest great sorrows.
12. Directions: For this part you are allowed 30 minutes to write a composition on the topic: The Stress I Face on Campus. You should write at least 120 words, and base your composition on the outline given in Chinese below.
1. 当今大学生面对着各种各样的紧张或压力(如：情感, 经济, 学业等) ；
The Stress I Face on Campus
Stress has now become an inevitable part in our daily life. The roots of stress can be emotional, economic and academic. For example, some students may harbor a passion for a lovely girl, others may have problems with their living allowance and still others are under stress in their academic study.
As a freshman of university, the greatest stress I face is the academic competition such as peer pressure or pressure to succeed. Being the best student in my senior high school, I am always dreaming of being the top one in college. Contrary to my belief, I frequently fail to make my dream come true. Too often seeing others catch up with or surpass me, I would inalterably feel stressed.
When stress does occur, it’s important to recognize and deal with it. Doing physical exercise is a good cure for stress. Another way to combat stress is to share it with others. For instance, I often tell anxieties to my close friends by writing blogs, which makes me feel better. The best way to tackle the stress is the recognition of the individual limitation. It is almost impossible for one to achieve the best in all aspects and it is OK as long as we have tried our best. Actually, stress is not totally bad. Sometimes we need stress to add flavor, challenge, and opportunity to life.
13. Directions: For this part you are allowed 30 minutes to write a composition on the topic: Recreational Activities. You should write at least 120 words, and base your composition on the outline given in Chinese below:
Nowadays there are a variety of recreational activities for people to take part in. Some like singing and dancing while the others are fond of watching movies or TV series. People are free to choose whatever recreational activities they like.
It is obvious that recreational activities are relaxing and people can benefit from them. Furthermore, people can develop interest and make friends through those activities, which make their life colorful. However, recreational activities can also do harm to them. It is commonly seen that a youngster gets addicted to a certain recreational activity and wastes a lot of time and energy on it, resulting in his falling behind in study or work.
As a college student, I think we must try not to break the balance between study 7
and leisure. Recreational activities are necessary part of life but we should not spend too much time on them. We should concentrate on our studies rather than indulge ourselves with recreational activities.
14. Directions: For this part you are allowed 30 minutes to write a composition on the topic: What Electives to Choose. You should write at least 120 words, and base your composition on the outline given in Chinese below:
What Electives to Choose
Nowadays many college students prefer to have electives in their spare time because the courses can offer a variety of skills and abundant knowledge apart from what they learn in the daily courses. There are many factors that may account for it, and the following are the most conspicuous aspects.
To start with, many students want to get another degree besides their own, so that they can have more competence when they seek a job. Furthermore, as for me, I don’t care about degree or job, I just want to obtain some necessary skills to make my college life worthwhile. What I’m concerned most is how to own more skills that may be necessary for my future. Finally, some students want to learn anything that is different from what they are learning now. The science students, for example, want to know about Shakespeare while the art students want to tell how a vehicle works and how to deal with it when it breaks down. So, they can all get what they think is useful to their college life.
On the whole, the phenomenon is one of the results of multi-demand of the employment market. There is still a long way for us to improve the elective itself, but as a student myself, I find it rewarding and interesting.
15. Directions: For this part you are allowed 30 minutes to write a composition on the topic: Physical Training. You should write at least 120 words, and base your composition on the outline given in Chinese below:
As the saying goes, happiness lies first of all in health. It is certain that health is more valuable than wealth and wisdom. Only with good health a person can achieve and realize his goals.
Recently, surveys showed that physical quality of college students declines year by year. In order to better serve for socialist construction, college students should realize the importance of physical training.
Firstly, physical training helps to improve and maintain health as movement is the source of life. Facing with heavy burden of study, the students without strong physique could not gain success. Secondly, it enables college students to form good 8
habits. What’s more, it can strengthen psychological quality. All in all, physical training will not only guarantee college students to live longer, but also let them enjoy the years they do live.