If you can choose which task to do you must make this decision quickly but carefully. Read all the tasks and choose the one which is the easiest for you or one you are most interested in. You will write better English if you are interested in the topic. You can see all different types of writing tasks that are often used in exams in our Writing skills practice section. If possible, try to find out before the exam what type of writing you are going to have to do and if you have a choice, make sure you feel prepared to write several of the different task types. 


Do you ever get a choice of tasks when you do writing exams? Which task do you usually choose? 



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HH 8 July, 2015 - 03:38

In my examinations, I often have 2 choices of tasks. Example, when I did the PET test, I chose the task that asked me to create the following of a story. I think it was very interesting.

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Lujy_English 2 February, 2015 - 11:24

Yeah. We get 2 topics to chose one of them. But last semester, both topics were bad I waisted lots of time trying to figure which one to write about. Then I wrote about the one I found easier, but I didn't write a lot cause I was not pretty interested in the topic and I didn't have an idea about what I am going to write. We had to write four paragraphs. Terrible, isn't it?

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JoEditor 4 February, 2015 - 08:52

Hi Lujy_English,
Thanks for your comment. I don't think your exam experience is terrible, I think it's quite normal! It is important though to be able to decide quite quickly which question to do. Choose the one that's most interesting to you. Then plan what you can say about the topic. If it's not a topic that really interests you it doesn't matter - try to think what people who are interested in the topic would say! Write down as many ideas as you can think of before you start writing and plan which paragraph each idea will go in. Remember that the teacher marking your English exam is going to be more interested in how you have organised your writing and how well you can express yourself in English than in the ideas themselves.
I hope that helps.
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team)  

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