Ok so I promised some corrections/ observations for those who are gearing up to do the (schools) exam this Saturday. It’s a bit of a mixed bag…
- Remember to use appropriate openers and closers for the different types of letters
- In formal writing we usually avoid contractions
- In reviews ‘good’ doesn’t cut the mustard. It is a boring word
- Don’t start your paragraphs in part 1 with ‘About….’ Incorporate the idea you have to include in natural language
- Be ultra strict with your tenses if you choose the story option in part 2 and remember time markers help guide the reader
- Please don’t put a comma before because. It has been driving me up the wall all year. They do not like each other. Do not make them spend time together
- Don’t overuse commas. While some people think that full stops in messaging look too abrupt, commas cannot perform the same function. Be self-critical when checking your work.
- In English we think about (consider) or think of (recall). We never think in.
- ‘In spite of’ and ‘despite’ are synonyms, but only if they are written correctly
- Accommodation has 2 ms.
- Remember that have in the past simple is ‘didn’t have NOT ‘hadn’t
For the Use of English exam…
- Make sure you know your alternatives to ‘if’
- Make sure you can manipulate the passive in all tenses, including with modals
- Revise reported speech and reporting verbs (especially the form of the verb following them)
- Swot up on phrasals
- all comparative structures
In the reading paper…
- Please highlight your answers so that you can check them efficiently
In the listening paper…
- Highlight key words and remember to think of ways of paraphrasing the questions/statements
And finally for those of you who are doing the speaking exam on Monday. Be friendly to the examiners, relax, don’t rush and dare I say it…enjoy yourself!