Make the most of your Writing test:

  • analyse each task properly and spend some time making notes

  • highlight or underline key words in the tasks to make sure that you focus on what you have to do

  • plan your answers

  • use paragraphs clearly; put one idea in each paragraph

  • do not repeat ideas using different words

  • do not copy whole sentences from the question – you will receive no marks for this

  • keep to the topic; do not write about unrelated subjects

  • manage your time; remember, Task 2 is worth twice as much as Task 1

  • spend approximately 20 minutes on Task 1 and approximately 40 minutes on Task 2

  • pay attention to the number of words required for each task; you will lose marks if you do not write at least 150 words for Task 1 and at least 250 words for Task 2

  • learn to recognise how long 150 and 250 words look in your handwriting; you will not have time to count during the test

  • you must write your answers in full; answers written in note form or in bullet points will lose marks

  • pay attention to spelling, grammar and punctuation; you will lose marks for mistakes

  • avoid informal language

  • do not memorise model answers; examiners are trained to recognise them and your test will be invalid

  • spend several minutes re-reading and correcting your answers