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Foreigners’ writing test scheduled for March 21: ministry

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Ministry of Education’s second annual national online writing competition for foreigners in Taiwan will be held on March 21, the Steering Committee for the Test of Proficiency-Huayu said yesterday.

Participants in the competition will be tested on two categories — description of a diagram and an argumentative essay on a single topic, said the committee, an organization affiliated with the ministry.

Test-takers are required to write approximately 150 to 200 words in the diagram category and 800 to 1,000 words for the essay category during the two-hour competition, the committee said.

Contestants will be judged based on whether they have successfully communicated their thoughts and on wording, syntax and punctuation, the committee said.

Winners of the competition will be awarded a certificate of merit and a cash prize of up to NT$10,000, the committee said.

The committee said the competition would be the second nationwide writing competition for non-native Mandarin speakers, but this year’s competition would be much more difficult and require a professional-level proficiency in Mandarin.

Examinees should have the ability to explain the messages and meaning of a diagram and to support their own arguments with related examples regarding a complicated issue, the committee said. To give aspirants as many opportunities to write Mandarin as possible, the committee will offer an online professional-level writing platform through March 18, the committee said.

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