HomeAdvanced Writing Part 1

OVERVIEW

  • Part 1 is a compulsory task.
  • In Part 1, you have to write 220-260 words.
  • You have to write an essay.
  • The question consists of a statement of the topic, three bullet points relating to the topic and three opinions, referring back to each of the bullet points in turn.
  • You must only write about two of the bullet points in the question.
  • You may use the opinions presented in the question, but you can deal with the bullet points in a different way if you wish.
  • You must explain which of your two bullet points you consider to be more important/effective/useful … giving reasons for your opinion.

Understanding how writing is assessed

The people who mark your writing – for both Parts 1 and 2 – ask themselves a number of questions about your work. Match each of their questions (1-6) with the aspect of language that it is focusing on (🅐🅕).

  1. Does the answer cover all the necessary points?
  2. Does the answer contain a lot of language errors?
  3. Does the answer use a variety of words and structures?
  4. Is the answer written in clear, well-connected paragraphs?
  5. Is the answer in an appropriately formal or informal style?
  6. Would the answer have the right effect on the reader?

This piece of writing got a poor mark for accuracy. Correct the ten language errors in it.

I am writting this letter to discuss about the advantages and disadvantages of building a new theatre at the college. At first, I would like to draw your attention on the fact that our college has a drama department for the last ten years and yet it still doesn’t have an own theatre. This means that drama students must to put on there productions in a theatre in the city, what is expensive and, of course, not very convenient too.

This piece of writing got a poor mark for range. Change the underlined words to more interesting words, adding to or expanding on them, in order to gain better marks.

I would recommend that you choose Brown’s Hotel for your holiday. We had a great time there last year. The rooms were beautiful, the food was good and the staff were very nice too. It’s central so you can walk to lots of interesting places.

Do these sentences that candidates wrote use an appropriate register? If not, say why not and write an improved version of the sentence.

  1. (Letter to a friend) Would you do me the honour of accompanying me to the theatre next Saturday?
  2. (Proposal to a town council) It’d be great if you can see your way to putting my ideas into practice. Am sure you won’t regret it!
  3. (Opening sentence in a review for an international magazine) Its main disadvantage is the fact that its public transport system is so poor, although I suppose some people would say that it’s not a bad idea to walk everywhere anyway, given that it’s a relatively small town without many hills and so it’s pretty easy to make your way around its picturesque little streets on foot.
  4. (Report for a college principal) l’d love to write more about this topic and must apologise for simply not having adequate time to do so.

Here is an example of a Part 1 Writing task. Read the task below and answer these questions.

  1. What are the main content points that the examiners will be looking for?
  2. What are the conventions of essay writing in English which you should follow?
  3. What register will you need to use?
  4. How many paragraphs will you need, and what will the topic of each one be?
  5. What effect will you want to have on the target reader?

You must answer this question. Write your answer in 220-260 words in an appropriate style.

Your class has listened to a radio discussion about the advantages and disadvantages of receiving different types of presents. You have made the notes below:

Types of present

  • luxuries
  • homemade items
  • experiences

Some opinions expressed in the discussion:

“The best presents are things you couldn’t afford to buy for yourself.”
“If someone’s spent time making a present for me, it shows how much they care.”
“I don’t need more things – I’d rather be taken to the theatre or a football match.”

Write an essay discussing two of the types of present in your notes. You should explain which of these types of present is best to receive, giving reasons in support of your answer.

You may, if you wish, make use of the opinions expressed in the discussion, but you should use your own words as far as possible.

EXAM PRACTICE

ADVICE

  1. Read the question very carefully, highlighting all the significant points you must include in your answer.
  2. Allow plenty of time to plan your answer carefully.
  3. Decide which two of the three listed points you are going to write about.
  4. Think about how you are going to expand each of these two points – the quotes from the discussion may help to give you ideas, but you may prefer to use other ideas of your own.
  5. Think about how you are going to compare these points and which you will say is more important (or effective or useful, etc.) and why.
  6. Remember that you are writing an essay, so your style of writing should be neutral or formal rather than informal.
  7. Organise your writing in clear paragraphs.
  8. Write 220-260 words. If you write less, you probably will not deal with all the aspects of the question or show an adequate range of language.
  9. When you want to make a correction, do so as neatly as possible.
  10. Spend time checking your work.

 

[five_sixth]You must answer this question. Write your answer in 220-260 words in an appropriate style.[/five_sixth]

[one_sixth_last]Keep to the word limit suggested. If you write too much , you are likely to make more mistakes and to make your points less effectively.[/one_sixth_last]

Your class has watched a round-table discussion about what young people can learn from older generations. You have made the notes below:

Areas where young people could learn from older generations

  • work
  • relationships
  • money

Some opinions expressed in the discussion:

“People with work experience can tell you what the job you’re considering is really like.”
“Older people can give wise advice when you have a problem with a friend.”
“It’s hard to manage your money when you start living independently.”

[five_sixth]Write an essay discussing two of the areas in your notes. You should explain in which area young people could gain most from older generations, giving reasons in support of your answer.

You may, if you wish, make use of the opinions expressed in the discussion, but you should use your own words as far as possible.[/five_sixth]

[one_sixth_last]Write your answer on alternate lines so that you can make corrections more easily. Make it clear where one paragraph ends and the next begins (either by indenting or by leaving an extra line between the paragraphs).[/one_sixth_last]

TIPS

Look at the exam question. Which of the three areas would you find it hardest to write about? Do not attempt it and focus your plans on the other two instead.

Can you think of specific examples that would illustrate how an older person’s advice could help a younger person deal with each of the remaining two areas?

You may, find it hard to select an area of a younger person’s life which is more likely to benefit from an older person’s advice, but remember that the most important thing is to write well – so choose either of your two areas and make an argument to support your choice.

You should aim to spend about 45 minutes on your answer, including planning and checking time.

First answer these questions about the task.

  1. What are the main content points that the examiners will be looking for?
  2. What kind of text do you have to write?
  3. What are the conventions of this text type in English which you should follow in your answer?
  4. What register will you need to use?
  5. How many paragraphs will you use, and what will the topic of each one be?
  6. What effect will you want to have on the target reader?

How could you express these points from the input text in other (if possible more formal) words?

  1. people with work experience
  2. give wise advice
  3. manage your money
  4. living independently

What example could you give to illustrate each of these points?

  1. work
  2. relationships
  3. finance

Which two of these points do you think it will be best for you to deal with in your answer?

Now write your answer to the task.

References
Acknowledgements

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