- Read the whole question thoroughly and underline important parts.
- Make a plan for each answer, including ALL points.
- Expand the points in Part 1 if you can, using relevant ideas and information.
- Write in paragraphs, whenever appropriate.
- Use a range of vocabulary, even if you are unsure of the correct spelling.
- Check tense endings, plural forms and word order in sentences.
- Check irregular past tenses and question formation.
- Use language that is appropriately formal or informal for the task.
- Choose a Part 2 question that you feel confident you can write about.
- Write clearly so that the examiner can read your answer.
- Don’t misspell key words that appear on the question paper.
- Don’t use the exact words from the question paper too much.
- Don’t mix formal and informal language.
- Don’t use formal linkers in an informal letter.
- Don’t waste time writing addresses for a letter. They are not required.
- Don’t answer Question 5 if you haven’t read one of the books.
- Don’t worry if you run slightly over the word limit.