Notes about Current Part 2/3 Topics

[Go here to see the notes written in 2009, and here for 2011]

Oct. 29, 2010

Oct. 25, 2010

Oct. 24, 2010

Oct. 12, 2010

Sept. 26, 2010

Sept. 16, 2010

Sept. 14, 2010

Sept. 12, 2010

Sept. 10, 2010

A reminder for candidates in China (I don't know about the situation in other parts of the world)

If you look at the Part 2 topic usage history for this year and for Sep.-Dec. 2009, you'll see that the topics that were due for retirement were still used at different times during the first month of the new 4-month period, after these topics should have been retired. That means you can expect Topics 216, 229 to 242 and Topic 247 to be used again in at least one test in September, maybe more than one test. With the new topics now in the test, this gives you more to prepare than is the usual situation, but that's the way it is.


May 31, 2010

A hobby you had when you were a child

A pleasant shopping experience

A person in your hometown who did a good thing

A place near your town you intend to visit

The longest journey you have been on

A film you didn't like

May 24, 2010

May 10, 2010

March 23, 2010

March 15, 2010

February 25, 2010

February 24, 2010

I think this kind of error occurs when some blog writer who is read by many people makes a mistake. Then, some people who get this topic in their test remember the description that the blog writer used and, on 3gbbs or 51ielts or some other bulletin board these people describe the topic they got using the mistaken words of the blog writer. This might also happen sometimes if I make a mistake on my website.

February 14, 2010

February 12, 2010

February 11, 2010

February 9, 2010

These topics might be used again in the next test (Feb. 11), but most likely, if they are used again, it will be on the weekend of Feb. 20. And if they are used again, it might be just at one or two of the many test centres in China. These topics probably won't be used for more than one more test weekend.

February 7, 2010

February 6, 2010

February 4, 2010

February 1, 2010

Topic 250 - Your Favourite Type of Music. I think this was really Topic 186. Someone has also reported a similar question for Part 1, under the topic of Sounds (Noise).

Topic 259 - A Place You Learned Something From. I think this is Topic 252, A Childhood School.

January 29, 2010

January 18, 2010

January 11, 2010

重庆川外 杯具了啊,全部是些没准备的题目










杯具了 杯具

For those who do not read Chinese, here is a translation:

1. Wild animals  (A wild animal)
2. A famous person
3. Garden
4. Old buildings (An old building)
5. Something to maintain good health
6. A child tutorial
7. Traditional stories
8. TV program

It is difficult to make a judgment with no details. It is possible that these hints just refer to some Part 3 questions that the examiners made themselves. "Famous people" or "celebrities" is in some (new) Part 3 question, and questions about preserving old buildings are used in Part 3 for Topic 188 (An Historic Site) and possibly for other topics. "Traditional stories" might be a Part 3 question in Topic 229, "A Book You Enjoyed in your Childhood". "A child tutorial" seems to be referring to Part 3 for Topic 185 (An Interesting Talk or Speech).

However, it is possible some new topics were, in fact, introduced in Chongqing on January 9. Other people, (some at other test centres besides Chongqing), did hint that there is a new Part 2 topic about a building. In Sydney, Australia (see, Message #6) someone wrote:


describe a morden building (where, why,) 



在你家乡有很多morden building吗,你喜欢old building还是morden的?你觉得mordenold的好在哪里?你觉得悉尼的old building怎么样,你去过其他国家有很多old building的吗? 


          So, this looks like a new topic. This was added as Topic 243