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Writing a controlled assessment

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Writing a controlled assessment of a set text requires planning. You need to think about themes, ideas and characters as well as identifying language techniques and presentation features - then structure your assessment before you start writing.

Making a plan for your controlled assessment

You should focus on the following main areas:

  • what your text is about (its themes or ideas)
  • who your text is about (the characters and how they speak)
  • how the ideas or characters are expressed

For this you will need to identify language techniques and presentational features (just as you would in your reading and writing non-fiction exam). Finally, you will end with a conclusion, summarising your main point and how you have proved it.

Before you write your controlled assessment, you should plan all the points you are going to make and the order in which you are going to make them. Your plan should follow a structure, which we will explore in this Revision Bite.

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