For a Credit Writing in Standard Grade French you are asked to write over 100 words on a given topic, for a General about 50 words. To pass this paper, you will have to write at least this number of words: you have half an hour to plan, carry out and check your work.This might seem a frightening prospect, but remember you are not being asked to do something you have not prepared for, and that in this 30 minutes you are being asked to collect together a number of things you have learned over the last few months.
An easy way to get started is to plan out your writing before you start, and to break your writing into paragraphs looking at particular areas of the topic. This will help you manage the task more confidently. The topic you will be asked to write about will be something you have learned to talk and write about during your lessons in school, so you should start by thinking what you have learned about the topic. You should also be keeping a notebook or computer file in which you put good phrases, vocabulary and sentences which will help you revise for Speaking and Writing tests!
When you start to make your plan, it is much more useful to make your notes in French: this will help stop you trying to translate complicated ideas from English, and will make you concentrate more on writing what you know, which will be more successful for you!
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