Hitting the Nail on the Head

The content of our student’s is one very important part of our CACD Composition course as well as trying to simulate questions for the next exam. After resolving out student’s grammar and vocabulary issues in English we make them write very high level exercises which demand high level content. We also give extra reading should they find the subject difficult before they write. This year we “hit the nail of the head

This composition of this year’s Rio Branco exam was very similar to one of the questions that we have had on our online course

The exam question was:

          You’ll never have a quiet world until to knock Patriotism out of the human race

George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright  (1856-1950)

           Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right and successful, right or wrong.

Stephen Decatur Jr U.S. Commodore (1770-1820

     From the point of view of a diplomat, compare and discuss the views of patriotism in the two quotes above.

The September 18th CESPE – ‘Instituto Rio Branco’ concurso

Now let’s compare:

This is the actual questions and extra reading material we have used over the past 3 years with our candidates:


Week 16: Composition Question

Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.” 

 George Bernard Shaw.

Is there room for Patriotism in International relations, based on the statement by Shaw, what is your view?

Central English – Week 16 question.


The examiner used George Bernard Shaw as well. Oh that is a nice coincidence. Could the examiner be looking for help by accessing our course? Only joking! Now it is time to chose another question to substitute this one for next year’s question 🙂 .

Thank goodness our students knew exactly what to write when they saw this question.

CACD Composition and Summary