The obligation to write in the correct style does not only apply to examinations. The author of this article is struggling with the rigid constraints of academic style. I am having the same struggle as I complete my master’s degree. It’s very strange having to write about what I think without being allowed to use the word “I”!
But unfortunately, this is just the way things are. This is the style and fighting against it will only get me a bad mark. There are a number of complex social reasons behind the different styles we write in, and part of successful writing is knowing how to manipulate styles effectively. When you’re preparing for your exam, make sure you are familiar with the type of styles that will appear on the test! Check my writing tips for the CAE and the IELTS to be sure you are ready!