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Academic Writing 10 – Writing for exams

Welcome back to Academic Writing – our series that gives you the tools you need to write successfully as a student. It's exam time! Let's take a look at the challenges of doing exams and formal assessments in English.

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To do

You need to practise your proofreading regularly – so here's an activity to do just that! Take a look at this paragraph from a Childhood Studies exam essay. Can you identify all EIGHT mistakes in this paragraph?

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Check your answers with this activity!

Identify the mistakes

8 Questions

Match each part of the paragraph with the mistake that has been made

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Excellent! เยี่ยม! แย่หน่อย! คุณทำคะแนนได้:
x / y

Identify the mistakes

8 Questions

Match each part of the paragraph with the mistake that has been made

ยินดีด้วยคุณทำแบบฝึกหัดเสร็จแล้ว
Excellent! เยี่ยม! แย่หน่อย! คุณทำคะแนนได้:
x / y

Review

We hope that you now feel more prepared to tackle exam essays. At the bottom of this section, you can find links to more printable exam-related activities.

But before we finish, let's take another look at what we've learned about written exam technique so far.

  • Prepare well to give yourself the best chance of success – get organised, revise essay language, practise doing timed tasks and make a study plan!
  • Planning is also important in the exam itself – having a clear plan for your exam essay will help you write a clear and coherent answer.
  • Don't just sit back when you've finished writing – make sure you proofread what you've written to check for any mistakes!
  • Always check your work for spelling, punctuation,and accuracy – if you've made a mistake, just put a single line through it!

Find out more

Would you like to do some more exam writing exercises? Download our free pdf worksheet to do more activities on types of essay plan and how to structure your paragraphs. Click on Downloads to get the pdf.

Where next

Digital Literacy image link 8  GTD Academic Writing index link  OU AW image link 8