Writing test advice
Follow this Writing test advice, and make sure you know how to manage your time.
Write your answers in pen or pencil. You may write entirely in capital letters if you wish.
You may make notes on the question paper, but nothing you write on the question paper will be marked.
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