Exam Essay Tasks

Hi Verblingers!

This is just a quick and short article about some simple(ish) ways to boost your exam scores. Most English language exams include a compulsory essay task. Exams that do this include the IELTS academic paper, all Cambridge exams after B1 level (FCE, CAE and CPE). The good thing is this is the part of the exam that can usually be improved the fastest! If you are studying for any of the mentioned exams (or any with an essay task read on).

ESSAY STRUCTURE

This is so important and so easy to improve. Look at a model essay for the exam you are studying and see how many paragraphs it has. The classic structure is four paragraphs (introduction, main idea 1, main idea 2 and conclusion). When essays are evaluated structure and organization typically account for up to 25% of the total score. Therefore just by using paragraphs well you can massively boost your score!

PARAGRAPH STRUCTURE

Part of writing a good essay is structuring a paragraph well. I suggest always writing a topic sentence (what the idea of the paragraph is about) and then one or two sentences that develop this idea.

FORMAL VS INFORMAL LANGUAGE

This is probably one of the hardest things for a language learner to do. It is difficult to differentiate between formal and informal language. You cannot use contractions (can't won't, mustn't etc). The best thing to do is study and memorise some language commonly used in essays (therefore, moreover, furthermore etc...yawn). And remember 'gonna' 'wanna' are NOT essay friendly and neither are ':p' or ';)'

CHEAT

Well not exactly cheat but learn what can boost your score in the exam you are doing i.e. if you use a second conditional sentence will it put your score up? It normally helps to include some more advanced grammar in the essay (but make sure you can use it correctly!).

LAST BUT NOT LEAST

Remember to plan your essay, remember 'failure to prepare is preparing to fail'. Also, reread your essay when you finish checking there are no silly mistakes like missing full stops or commas.
Well I hope that helps!

March 6, 2019
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Hi Verblingers! Do you need exam practise (IELTS,ISE1,2,3,PET,FCE, CAE, CPE)? Do you want to improve your fluency and grammar? Proven track record of helping people get jobs, pass exams and get high marks in academic work and academic writing (EAP)! If you need any of the above I have plenty of materials and experience to help you! I have over seven years of teaching experience and a CELTA (Certificate of Teaching English to Adults) certificate accredited by Cambridge University. My teaching style is focused on the needs of the student and I tailor my lessons to meet these needs. I believe it is important to help the students to become autonomous learners. I look forward to meeting you all and getting to know you all! PS Please be aware that trail lessons are only to talk about your learning objectives and the materials we will use and for me to evaluate your English level. They are not free classes :) Hola Verblingers! ¿Necesita práctica de examen (IELTS, ISE1,2,3, PET,...
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