From 2019 onwards, Exercise 6 could also be a report-writing task.
You will be given a particular context and asked to write a report on it. You are expected to write 150-200 words, and the exercise is worth 16 marks.
Let’s look at a sample question:
Follow these steps to answer the question:
- Read the question carefully and ensure that you know what it is asking for. It may be helpful to underline the important points in pencil.
- Make a plan and spend not more than 5 minutes on it. It should give you a rough idea of the details you want to include in your report, what you want to write in your introduction, body and conclusion. Remember, the purpose of a report is to reflect on and evaluate something, so make sure you keep that in mind when drawing up your plan.
- Come up with a title. It should be brief and relevant and will give you a good start.
- Write a strong, but concise, introduction. This paragraph should include the most important details of the event that you are reporting on – the ‘who‘(your class), ‘what‘(a trip), ‘when‘(last week? last month?), ‘where‘(large recycling centre) , ‘why(learn about recycling)’ and ‘how‘(if applicable).
- You need to then organise your body according to what the question is asking for. For example, you are asked to write a report on what you did on the trip (write about three points. Example: spoke to employees, visited sorting unit, watched a plastic recycling process etc.) and what you learned from it as well (write about two points. Example: only 50% of materials brought in are recycled, recycling helps the environment). You could have one paragraph on the former and one on the latter. Be clear.
- The ending paragraph should briefly conclude the report. In the sample question above, you are asked to write a suggestion for improvement, so this could be your conclusion. Write a couple of sentences outlining your views on how the trip went (example: very informative or too long) and one or two suggestions (example: hands-on-experience, watch a video etc.).
- You can use the picture prompt as well as the written prompts, but you can score higher marks for your own ideas.
- Keep the language reasonably formal and direct, but there’s no need to use jargon or big words.
- Keep in mind that the exercise is to write a report. Be direct and straightforward in your approach. Don’t overthink your points and add unnecessary comments and opinions of your own.
- Keep your points concise. There should be only 150-200 words, after all.
For the core paper 1, take about 20 minutes to finish this exercise, 5 minutes to plan, 10 minutes to write and 5 minutes to check your writing.
For the extended paper 2, take 30 minutes for the whole exercise. Take 5 minutes to plan your report, by coming up with points to be included in the introduction, body and conclusion. Use 20 minutes for writing the report and the final 5 minutes to proofread and edit your report.
Notes submitted by Iman, Lintha and Sarah.
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