• 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.



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