Your handwriting is important in writing exams. You must write clearly and carefully. If your teacher or the examiner can’t read your writing, you will lose marks. Here are some tips to improve your handwriting for exams. 

  • If your handwriting is bad, practise writing at home. Time yourself doing writing tasks to practise writing clearly. 

  • If your handwriting is bad, try different pens. Some people write better with certain types of pens. Find a pen that you write well with.
  • Write on every other line of the paper (i.e. write on lines 1, 3, 5, 7, etc.). Then you have space to go back and add or change information clearly and easily. It saves you time because you don’t have to write out the writing exam again.

  • If you have lots of time in the exam, you may want to write a clean copy of your task again, but remember, this can take a lot of time! If you have extra time, you should review your work and check for mistakes. 


Have you got good handwriting? Do you like writing by hand or do you prefer typing? 



Andrii's picture
Andrii 24 January, 2021 - 13:49

My handwriting isn't very good, but if I write a test, I try to write clearly. But, to be honest, I prefer typing.

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Ken 11 July, 2015 - 14:10

I prefer typing. I don't like my handwriting very much...
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JoEditor 14 July, 2015 - 10:37

Hi HH,
That's a very good question. It would be a good idea to ask the teacher if that is allowed in the exam you are taking. It is a good idea as it gives you more space to work and correct mistakes, but always check with your teacher before using every other line only. 
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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Sriram 6 September, 2014 - 12:19

I prefer typing though I have good handwriting. When I write for too long, my hands start to be a little painful.

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