What do you have to do? This may seem like a silly question, but you would be surprised that many students don't actually do what they are asked to do in writing exams!
Read the task carefully and underline the important parts of the instructions. You will get points for answering the task correctly.
You will probably get a lower mark if you don’t do exactly what the task says, even if your English is perfect!
How many words do you have to write? You can lose marks if you write too many or too few words.
Now have a look at these writing tasks in our Writing skills practice section. They will help you to make sure you answer the question correctly, as you have to include the answers to specific questions in the writing task.
- A letter to a friend to help you practise answering questions.
- An invitation to a party to help you write about making arrangements.
- Replying to an email to help you make sure you answer all the questions in the task.
Have you ever done a writing exam and lost marks because you didn't really answer the question properly?