WRITING – FAQs

1. Q. In the writing test, can I write my answers in note form?
A. NO. Answers must be in full sentences.

2. Q. In the writing test, can I use bullet points?
A. NO. Answers must be in full sentences.

3. Q. What happens if I write less than 250 words in Part Two of the writing test?
A. If you are a little under you will lose 1/4 band overall for the essay.  If you are substantially over, you will lose 1/2 band overall for the essay. If you only have a very few words, you will lose 3/4 of a band for the essay.

4. Q. Which question is worth more marks in the writing test?
A. Task 1 is worth around 33% of your mark and Task 2 is worth around 66% of your mark for writing. So clearly it is important to do well in both, but it is more important to do well in Task 2. See Q 6 below.

5. Q. Is it okay to use capital letters in the writing test?
A. YES. You can write your whole paper in capital letters if you want to.

6. Q. What happens if I do well in Task 1 writing, but I do poorly in Task 2 writing?
A.  You will lose a lot of marks if you do poorly in Task 2 Imagine that you get Band 7 for Task 1 and Band 4 for Task 2. You will get an overall BAND 5 for writing. On the other hand if you get Band 4 for Task 1 and Band 7 for Task 2, you will get an overall BAND 6.

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