This is a short summary of some style points to keep in mind when attempting the tasks in the Cambridge English: Advanced writing section. Part 5 of 5, click the buttons to read more about the the different styles of writing you may have to do in the exam:

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Who is the audience? The audience for this question is usually an interested consumer or magazine reader.

What is the purpose of the writing? You need to describe something (or some things) and give your opinion.

Is it formal? No.

Should I use headings or bullet points? You can use headings if you like.

How should it start? You want to capture the readers’ interest.  Use a good title and an exciting opening sentence.

How should it finish? Clearly state your opinion in the conclusion.


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