In the revised PET exam 2020 in the Part 1 you have to write an email, but in Part 2 you can choose between a story and an article. In this blog we are going to explain to you the characteristics of an article and what the purpose of writing it is so you feel more comfortable approaching this task in your exam.
An article is a factual text that we write about the variety of common topics we are familiar with or we simply like, for example, health and fitness, the Internet, books and films, hobbies and music. A lot of students become apprehensive about writing the article as this is something new to them and they don´t know anything about it. In fact, we all read a lot of articles every week in magazines, newspapers and websites. How do we know which text is an article? Below are main the characteristics of the article that you need to consider before writing.
Purpose of the article – to write about the topic we are interested in and have some knowledge about it.
Focus on the reader – the reader should be at the centre of your attention because you are actually writing an article for your reader. So you have to ensure that your writing is aimed at your reader and try to keep them entertained and interested at all times. Remember that the article is a kind of conversation with the reader so, when writing it, you can speak directly to them. Use some humour to make it funny and energetic!
Attract attention – there are a lot of different articles out there so how can you convince the reader to read your particular article? Make sure that you come up with an interesting and catchy title that will encourage your reader to start reading. Also, at the beginning of your article you might ask them a question that will make them want to read further and think about what the answer is, for example: Have you ever….? Are you one of those people who…?, What would you do/ say…. if…..?
Use colourful and interesting language – try to use a range of adjectives, especially extreme adjectives, such as: wonderful, incredible, terrible, hilarious, etc. Make sure you also use a variety of different of B1 grammar structures, for instance: comparatives, modal verbs, the passive voice, relative clauses, etc.
Give your opinion – in the article you are always expected to express your opinions so feel free to share with your reader what you think about the topic throughout the whole piece.
Write a good ending – in the final paragraph, give your reader something to think about it. You can do it by asking a question or offering a suggestion, tip or recommendation.
We hope that you have found this useful and enjoy writing your articles!