Private school scholarship testing season is about to start (February – March) and in scholarship tests, written expression tests how well your child can write:
While there are multiple exam setting bodies such as ACER, Edutest and Academic Assessment Services, an excellent writing piece will always have great structure, excellent expression and relate to the prompt.
How to ace written expression in your child’s scholarship test?
Here are 3 critical things your child should do:
ACE WRITTEN EXPRESSION TIP #1: Gain clarity in your writing piece and follow your genre’s structure.
Often when I rank and give feedback to essays, the high scoring essays follow a clear structure. For a persuasive writing piece, it’s generally:
For a creative writing piece, it’s a clear plot and I can safely say in one sentence what the story is about and how it made me feel. Some creative writing pieces have too many events without any clear plot line and some have disjointed plot lines that don’t link up together.
ACE WRITTEN EXPRESSION TIP #2: Write according to the prompt.
A 2016 written expression prompt in an exam featured an image of a dripping tap with instructions that requested a creative writing piece. Assume that:
Student 1 didn’t write a creative piece. Student 2 wrote a story about an argument, the dripping tap was only an ‘accessory’ to the main story of an argument. Student 3 wrote a story that was likely to revolve around the tap.
Student 3’s story scored well because it related to the prompt and was a creative piece. This particular student ended up getting an offer into her preferred school!
ACE WRITTEN EXPRESSION TIP #3: “Show” not “Tell” in Creative Writing Pieces
If you’ve been crawling the blogs about creative writing, you’ll see this a lot. “Showing” not “telling” is really the difference between a creative piece that’s average and one that stands out.
Here’s are two examples:
I am happy because it’s 2017 - This is a telling sentence because it tells you I’m happy because well… it’s 2017.
My eyes lit up at the sight of dazzling fireworks lighting up the night sky and I grinned from ear to ear as the start of the New Year began - This doesn’t tell you I’m happy but from what you read, you can understand that I’m happy. I show you I’m happy from “eyes lit up” and “grinned from ear to ear”.
How can your child prepare for their written expression scholarship test?
Assuming your child is getting A+ for grammar and spelling and can construct clear sentences, preparation for the written expression part of a scholarship test consists of:
The easier thing you could do is join our online writing and reading classes.
They’re lead by tutors scoring in the top 5% of their exam & classes have a cap of 4 students per class.
What is signposting?
"Signposting" is essentially putting down the arguments you're going to use in your introduction. It's used to show the upcoming arguments to the reader. You can learn more about persuasive writing and signposting through our writing clubs: https://www.examsuccess.com.au/writing_clubs