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Paper 2 Question 5 

 Focus: Writing Your Views                       Marks: 40                            Time: 45 mins

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The marks are divided into two main skills: Content & Organisation and Technical Accuracy.

Content & Organisation (24 marks) includes:

  • Overall communication

  • Tone and register

  • Vocabulary and language techniques

  • Structure

  • Ideas

Technical Accuracy (16 marks) includes:

  • Accuracy of spelling

  • Variety of punctuation

  • Accuracy of grammar

  • Variety of sentences

The examiner will read your answer THREE times.

  1. ​First they'll decide how successful your overall communication is and decide on a level (L1-L4).​

  2. Then they'll read again (looking at tone, language, structure and ideas) and decide on a final mark for Content & Organisation.

  3. Then they'll read it a final time and award a mark for Technical Accuracy. The two marks are added together.

If you write in the wrong format (e.g. an article instead of a letter) you may lose a mark or two for tone and register but otherwise it will be marked in the same way.


How to succeed

  • Make a brief plan.

  • Pick out the purpose, audience and format from the question.

  • Have clear, linked ideas.

  • Use a variety of language, punctuation and sentence types.

Common mistakes

  • Not planning.

  • Writing for the wrong purpose/audience or in the wrong format.

  • Having muddled, unclear ideas.

  • Using simple, boring language and punctuation.

Further Practice
  • Go to the Paper 2 practice papers and try some Q5s.

  • Read some marked answers to see what a Level 3 answer is like.

  • Check out the SPaG website to improve your Technical Accuracy marks.

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