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5 Principles of Exam Writing

Anthony Mai

1 min read

May 26



Having good writing skills is important to maximising your exam marks for two reasons:

  • Your response is comprehensive and complete so nothing from the marking criteria is missing

  • The meaning is clear so there is less chance that your response is misinterpreted, and you do not frustrate the marker

Here are five principles that can be universally used to guide your written response. These principles are loosely given in chronological order in terms of when you would be thinking about them when do a written response question.

1. Planning

2. Cause-effect/linking concepts

3. Context/Background

4. Integrate examples

5. Specificity and comparative language

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