For your English Language paper you will have two exams. The second half of the exam will be your Non-Fiction and Transactional Writing paper. You will have two hours for this part of the exam and you will be tested on your reading, writing and analysing skills and the ability to correctly structure a piece of transactional writing.
Comprehension skills- For the first part of the exam you will be given an extract and a selection of long and short response questions. It is really important that you read the extract carefully. The exam is testing your ability to read carefully and then answer questions by picking out specific information from the text.
The second part of the paper will ask you to write a piece of transational writing. Non-fiction can be used to describe a variety of texts, including speeches, leaflets, newspaper and magazine articles, reports, letters and guides (you could be asked to write a piece of writing in any of these styles!). E ach text has its own conventions for layout, structure and language. The instructions will be clear but you will have to remember the conventions, format and things included in these pieces of writing.
With every text type, two key questions can be considered:
- What is the purpose of the writing? (What is it meant to do?)
- Who is the audience? (Who is the intended reader?)
Once these questions have been answered the layout, structure, language choices and particular techniques that you should use within the piece of writing can then be established.
Other things you would include in a formal letter:
- Standard English.
- Discourse markers (Firstly, Secondly, Furthermore).
- An appropriate sign off (Yours sincerely, Yours faithfully.
- Structured paragraphs
- Sophisticated vocabulary
To see how to structure other pieces of writing please look at this website.