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Section of an Japanese handscroll mounted on a hanging scroll, ink, white and slight color on paper, c.1200

QUESTION: Do you think it is important to learn ancient literature such as Kobun and Kanbun?

Task instructions

  • Write your answer to the question.
  • Give TWO reasons for your opinion.
  • Write approximately 50–60 words.

Use the phrase, "In my opinion," to begin your answer.

Exterior of used bookstore with two people walking by

QUESTION: Do you think it is bad to buy used products such as books and CDs?

Task instructions

  • Write your answer to the question.
  • Give TWO reasons for your opinion.
  • Write approximately 50–60 words.

Try to use the words "latest" and "quality" in your answer.

Young woman on a bench reading with earphones on

QUESTION: Do you think it is a good idea to listen to music while studying?

Task instructions

  • Write your answer to the question.
  • Give TWO reasons for your opinion.
  • Write approximately 50–60 words.

Try to use the words "mind" and "create" in your answer.

monotone two teenagers watching TV in the dark

QUESTION: Do you think high school students spend too much time watching TV?

Task instructions

  • Write your answer to the question.
  • Give TWO reasons for your opinion.
  • Write approximately 50–60 words.

Try to use the words "prefer" and "amount" in your answer.

woman behind counter in Japanese convenience store

QUESTION: Do you think convenience stores are a good place to buy food?

Task instructions

  • Write your answer to the question.
  • Give TWO reasons for your opinion.
  • Write approximately 50–60 words.

Try to use the words "taste" and "prepare" in your answer.

Interior of a convenience store

Topic

Agree or disagree: Japanese convenience stores should be open 24 hours a day.

Points

  • Safety
  • Workforce
  • Cost
  • Modern life

Task instructions

  • Choose TWO of the above points to support your idea.
  • Write approximately 120–150 words.
  • Use a clear structure (intro, main body, conclusion).
  • Spend about 20 minutes on this task.

Try to use the words "access" and "serve" in your answer.

plastic bags different colors

Topic
Agree or disagree: The use of plastic bags should be banned.

Points

  • Convenience
  • Dangers
  • Situation on Earth
  • Technology

Task instructions

  • Choose TWO of the above points to support your idea.
  • Write approximately 120–150 words.
  • Use a clear structure (intro, main body, conclusion).
  • Spend about 20 minutes on this task.

Use the phrase, "We have to consider...", in your answer. 

Businessmen in Japan

Topic

Agree or disagree: Some people say that people in Japan spend too much time at work. Do you agree with this opinion?

Points

  • Family
  • Salary
  • Work-life balance

Task Instructions

  • Choose TWO of the above points to support your idea.
  • Write approximately 120–150 words.
  • Use a clear structure (intro, main body, conclusion).
  • Spend about 20 minutes on this task.

Use the phrase, "On the whole", in your answer.

Germamy's Annabel Breuer (left) and Johanna Welin (No. 5) at the Germany vs Japan women's wheelchair basketball team at the Sports Centre.

Topic

Agree or disagree: Many foreign athletes are now coming and playing for Japan. Do you think such a trend will continue in the future?

Points

  • Economy
  • Culture
  • Opportunity

Task Instructions

  • Choose TWO of the above points to support your idea.
  • Write approximately 120–150 words.
  • Use a clear structure (intro, main body, conclusion).
  • Spend about 20 minutes on this task.

Try to use the words "choice" and "instead" in your answer.

Hurricane on radar image

Topic

Agree or disagree: It is often said that typhoons are more dangerous than ever before. Do you think such typhoons will become common in the future?

Points

  • Modern lifestyles
  • Technology
  • The environment

Task Instructions

  • Choose TWO of the above points to support your idea.
  • Write approximately 120–150 words.
  • Use a clear structure (intro, main body, conclusion).
  • Spend about 20 minutes on this task.

Use the phrase, "As a result", in your answer.

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