BUSINESS ENGLISH CERTIFICATEVantage0352/02WritingSAMPLE TEST 1Time45 minutesINSTRUCTIONS TO CANDIDATESDo not open this question paper until you are told to do so.Write your name, centre number and candidate number on your answer sheet if they arenot already there.Read the instructions for each part of the paper carefully.Answer both questions.Write your answers on the answer sheet.Write clearly in pen, not pencil. You may make alterations, but make sure your work is easyto read.You must complete the answer sheet within the time limit.At the end of the test, hand in both this question paper and your answer sheet.INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATESPart 1 carries ten marks.Part 2 carries twenty marks.* UCLES 2015500/2427/9Cambridge English Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International (Business English)
2MeetingErica YoungWrite on the opposite page.saying who will go. explaining why you cannot go Write 40 – 50 words.apologising for not being able to go to the meeting Write an e-mail to Erica Young, who is organising the meeting: meeting at your company’s head office. You cannot go, so somebody else will go in your place.Write 120 – 140 words.Write on the opposite page. Reinhard MieterRenting Office SpaceFROM:SUBJECT:40 parking spaces 10201515CT 19CT 24CT 53CT 54102010152015OP 34OP 39OP 46OP 47OP 48OP 494Size m2Offices currently vacantOPERA PLACE (OP)Size m2Offices currently vacantCENTRAL TOWER (CT)offer 10%discount for 18-monthbookingmention thesebenefitsfour same floorwonderful viewsconnectionsgood public transport 300 parking spaces Why choose Opera Place?OPERA PLACEfour left, different floors,no parking – suggestOpera PlacePlease confirm if this office space is vacant in Central Tower.one office of 10 m2, two of 15 m2, one of 20 m2must be on same floor Requirementsfor the next twelve months:Further to our discussion last week we have now decided to rent office space from youBusinessSpaceTO:ESTATES FAXRENVERThen, using all your handwritten notes, write a fax in reply to Reinhard Mieter. handwritten notes.Look at the fax and the other information below, on which you have already made somebusinesses. You have just received the fax below. You work for BusinessSpace plc, a company which rents fully serviced offices to other You are a regional sales manager for an international company. You have been asked to go to aPART TWOPART ONEB E C VA N TA G EWRITING SAMPLE PAPERPage 51
B E C VA N TA G EWRITING PART 1CANDIDATE AI’m really sorry but I’m not able to go to the meeting at our company’s head office. I can’t attend because ofprevious arrangements which I can’t change.Mr Jan Korwalski, a very good worker, will go instead of me.Please accept my apologies.Marta StefanskaEXAMINER COMMENTSAll points covered. Successful attempt at complex language,for example ‘I can’t attend because of previousarrangements’, ‘will go instead of me’. Concise, making avery positive effect on the reader.Band 5CANDIDATE BDear Mrs YoungI would like to apologise for not being able to go to meeting at our company’s head office because I will notbe in the country. I am going on the business trip to Italy.Mr Mark Smith will go instead of me.Many ThanksNadia JohnsonRegional Sales ManagerEXAMINER COMMENTSAll points adequately dealt with. Good range of structure andvocabulary. Minor non-impeding errors, for example ‘go tomeeting’, ‘on the business trip’. Positive effect on the reader.Band 4Page 53
B E C VA N TA G ECANDIDATE CTo: Erica YoungCc:Subject: MeetingDear Mr Young:Thanks for your last letter! I’m very glad to be inviated to attend the meeting at your company’s head office.But first of all, I’m apologising for not being able to go to the meeting. This is due to a error of my agenda,in fact. I have a international conference that day.I feel sorry for my absence. I’d like to recommend my personal assistant to go to instead of me. His name isJim Green. I hope this will not cause you some trouble.Best wish yoursChan Bo FunEXAMINER COMMENTSGenerally well organised (although not concise), leading toa satisfactory effect on the reader. There are, however, somebasic non-impeding errors, for example ‘a error of myagenda’, ‘cause you some trouble’.Band 3CANDIDATE DHello Erica,I’d like to apologise you, but I can’t attend to this meeting in our head office.In this time I’m going to London for sales meeting with our customers.Instead of me, for this meeting will go my sales assistance – TomBest regardsNatashaEXAMINER COMMENTSA number of errors, but they do not impede communication.Overall, an adequate attempt at the task.Page 54Band 3
B E C VA N TA G EWRITING PART 2CANDIDATE EDear Mr Mieter,Thank you for your order by fax. I’d like to mention that I can offer you 10% discount if you are booking for18 - month period.We have 4 offices left in Central Tower as you required but they are on different floors. Also there is noparking space available at the moment in Central Tower. I can offer you a very interesting alternative inOpera Place Building:* 4 offices as you required on same floor* 300 parking spaces and good public transport connections for your employees* wonderful views.Please think about this alternative and the discount I mentioned before. I look forward to hearing from yousoon so I can make the booking.Yours sincerely,EXAMINER COMMENTSAll points are covered and developed. Organisation is good,and the candidate displays a wide range of natural languageand a natural business tone. Errors are minimal.Band 5CANDIDATE FBUSINESS SPACE PLCFrom: Business SpaceAttn: Sabrina KorkhauFAXTo: Renver EstatesAttn: Reinhard MieterSubject: Renting Office Space.Mr Mieter, I’ve just received your fax and after searching for different posibilities, this is what I can offer you:- 10% discount on the total prize if you book our offices for 18 months, could it be interesting for you?- You asked us for 4 offices in Central Tower and we only have 4 left but placed in different floors andthere are no parking spaces left. Would you mind if I search what you need in Opera Place?- Opera Place is a big Tower with 300 parking spaces, it has wonderful views to Central Park and thepublic transport connections are really good.- I’ve just checked if we have 4 offices left in Opera Place and for your information we have them now!!At the same floor and one is 10m2, two are 15m2 and the last one is 20m2 as you required.Please let me know if you are interested in this possibity.RegardsMs KorkhauEXAMINER COMMENTSAll content points are achieved, with good organisation.There is an adequate range of language, and the register andformat are reasonable. The effect on the reader is satisfactory.Band 3Page 55
B E C VA N TA G ECANDIDATE GTO: Reinhard Mieter,Thank you for your fax. And we are glad you have decided to rent office space from us for the next twelvemonths. I’d like to inform you that we can offer 10% disscount for 18 - month booking, please confirmwhether you’ll book longer or not.As requested we couldn’t supply you in Central Tower, since there is no vacancy on the same floor and noparking either. But I recommend Opera Place, a suitable place as well. There are four in the same floor, andthe sizes are proper. 300 parking spaces are there, which is enough for you. Moreover, public transportconnections here are good as well as wonderful views I hope this change will be convenient for you.Meanwhile, I am sure you will be satisfied with Opera Place.I’m looking forward to hearing from you.sincerely,EXAMINER COMMENTSAll points are covered. Format, organisation and register areadequate. There is some attempt at range, for example’I hope this change will be convenient for you.’ The errors donot impede.Band 3CANDIDATE HTO: Reinhar MieterFROM: Business SpaceSUBJECT: ConfirmationThank you for have selected us for doing Business. Concerning with the requirements you have specifiedin your fax, I would like to inform you than even though there are four Offices vacant there are all of themin different floors, and moreover there are no parking spaces, However In opera place you could set upthe four offices in the same floor, it would be the four floor also there are still available 300 parking spacesso in this matter there is no problem. Let me tell you that in this place you can delight a wonderful view tothe sea and this place is relationated with good public transport. and because it is near the sea you can geteasily connections not only internal but abroad as well. So I suggest you to go for opera place Please ifyou have any further equiry please do not hesitate in contact me.EXAMINER COMMENTSOrganisation and range of language are poor. There arefrequent basic errors and the first content point (the offer of adiscount) is missing.Page 56Band 2
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