Review - Key Strategies for the Writing tests

Review Points

Strategies for the General and Academic Writing tests:

  1. Always briefly plan your answer before writing.
  2. Write quickly and neatly.
  3. Leave a blank line between paragraphs.
  4. Make sure you answer each part of the question. Do not leave anything out. You need to demonstrate that you understand the instructions.
  5. Do not copy task instructions or questions into your answer. If you do so, it is not included in your word count, and the examiner will not score you on the phrase or sentence you copied. Rephrase it.
  6. Stick to the word limit. You will be penalised for writing less. You can write more than the minimum, but doing so may result in more mistakes or spending too much time on one task, and may indicate that you are including more detail than necessary.
  7. Do not spend too long (eg. 25 minutes) trying to get Task 1 perfect. Task 2 is worth much more. Consider writing your Task 2 essay first if you are not a fast writer.
  8. Do not use bullet points or numbered lists. Write full sentences and paragraphs, like an essay.
  9. Always check your answer for accuracy. Think about verb tense, word form, punctuation and spelling.