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Exam advice and types of writing task

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Exam writing is quite different from writing for your folio. In class you have time to plan, draft and redraft, to produce your best work.

In the exam you only have one hour and fifteen minutes so you do not have time to redraft. This section will help you think about how to approach exam writing in order to do your best.

This revision bite covers four areas which are important to consider before sitting the exam.

Writing under exam conditions

A lot of the General advice bite on writing is true for writing in the exam too. However there is more pressure of time in the exam and you will not have time to redraft. You should remember to -

  • read the questions and choose one carefully
  • make sure you are clear about what the question is asking you to do (purpose and audience) and what form it should take
  • make a plan - if you know how your writing is going to conclude before you start writing, you are much less likely to run out of time in the exam.
  • think as you write
  • read over each paragraph to make sure you are on the right lines
  • check punctuation as you go along
  • always leave yourself five minutes or so to read over your work carefully to check spelling and punctuation and make any final changes
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