1. Read the question carefully.
2. Decide the register.
Think about what you are writing (a letter, article, report, etc…) and who is it for.
3. Work out a clear and logical plan.
Make notes on the ideas you are planning to include and the language you will need.
4. Check how much time you are allowed.
Allow enough time for planning, and keep an eye on the clock as you write.
5. Write straight on to the paper in ink, as you may not have enough time to write a rough draft in pencil first.
6. When writing and doing other activities in class or at home keep a checklist of your common mistakes. Check your compositions for these mistakes before handing them in.
7. You will NOT be allowed to use your dictionary in the exam so don’t become too reliant on your dictionary.
8. Mistakes should be neatly crossed out with one pen stroke.
Try to present your work as tidily as possible. If your handwriting is too difficult to read, make sure it is at least legible.
9. Write in clearly-defined paragraphs, which should be indented or separated by a line space.
Each new topic should be written in a different paragraph, but paragraphs should be connected with linking words.
10. Count the words you use.
Try to keep close to the required number of words.