Paper Format| There are two Writing tasks to complete.|
Timing| 60 minutes|
No of Questions| 2|
Task Types| In Task 1, candidates are asked to respond to a situation, by writing a letter for example, requesting information or explaining a situation. In Task 2, candidates write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem.| Answering| Answers must be given on the answer booklet and must be written in full. Notes or bullet points in whole or in part are not acceptable as answers. Candidates may write on the question paper but this cannot be taken from the examination room and will not be seen by the examiner.| Task Type & Format| In Writing Task 1, candidates are presented with a situation and required to write a personal response in the form of an informal, semi-formal or formal letter of at least 150 words. They are told what kind of information (in the form of three bullet points) they must include in their response. Candidates may be required to request or give information and/or explain a situation. To do this, they may need to do some of the following; ask for and/or provide general factual information, express needs, wants, likes or dislikes, express opinions or complaints, make requests or make suggestions/recommendations. The situations they are asked to write about are common, everyday ones such as; writing to a college accommodation officer about problems with accommodation, writing to a new employer about time management problems they are having, writing to a local newspaper about a plan to develop a local airport, writing to a renting agency to sort out problems with the heating system in their house. The style of writing that candidates use depends who they are asked to write to (i.e. the audience) and how well they are supposed to know them. They need to write in a style that is appropriate for their audience and that will help them to achieve their purpose for...