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Preparing for the writing exam

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During the exam

You must come to the exam with a clear idea of the strategies that will help you work well under pressure. Here are some suggestions:

  • On foundation tier papers, the important thing is to get the message across. Small spelling mistakes and errors of gender are not likely to lose you many marks.
  • On the higher tier papers, accuracy, quality and range of language are much more important, so you will need to check your writing. For more hints, look at the Revision Bite on Checking your writing.
  • Read the questions slowly and carefully. Be absolutely sure about what you have to do.
  • Look carefully at the words used in the question. You might be able to 'recycle' some of them in your answer.
  • Before you begin writing, plan what you will write. For example, you might need to decide where to put an opinion, a verb in the future, a key phrase you have learnt by heart or a structure you have been practising.
  • If you have learnt by heart a number of set phrases, don't use them if they do not relate to the subject of the question.
  • Use the Spanish you know when you are writing your answers. Don't think of phrases and sentences in English and then try to translate them into Spanish.
  • Now decide which strategies will work best for you and practise using them as much as you can between now and the day of the exam. The more you practise them, the more you are likely to remember to use them during the exam itself.

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