This blog is about what Cambridge expect from you when writing at this level.
As you know in writing part 2 you have to write a note or a short email, between 35 and 45 words, see the following example.
Also, you have another piece of writing, part 3, that is to choose between writing a letter or a story in about 100 words, see example:
If you choose to write a story you will be given a title or the first sentence of the story,
There are a few things that you should take into account when you write:
- READ the instructions CAREFULLY. Underline the most important parts. You will lose marks if you do not do exactly what you are asked. Make sure that you have answered all parts of the question and you add relevant information to the task. Make a simple plan of what you will say.
- Keep it simple but clear. On the other hand, try to use linkers (when, while, after that, although etc) and show the examiner what you know. Organisation is very important. Organise your ideas and put them in a logical order with connectors such as: First of all, second, …and finally, in the end, etc.
- Avoid boring adjectives like big, good, bad. Use more exciting synonyms: large, huge, excellent, brilliant, terrible, awful etc. You know a lot of vocabulary: use it!
- Read and check carefully for typical mistakes:
- third person ‘s’
- past tense –ed and irregular pasts
- -ING / to / plain verb (like playING, decided to go
- Another thing is to use the appropriate register, start and finish in a suitable way, think who you are writing to and try to attract the reader’s attention. Don’t write more than 100/105 words. It’s a waste of time because it won’t be marked, in the case of writing a story or the letter.
- And the last tip, they will be testing the language. Use the grammar that you have learnt. Use a variety of tenses, reported speech, passive voice…. Use simple and more complex structures.
So, if you follow these tips, I’m sure you could get a very good result, that is a pass with merit or distinction. You can do it!!