Written English Exam
On this page you will find links to past exam papers and tips on how to prepare for the exam.
Dictionary of Educational Terms
Tips to keep in mind
- Read through previously given exam papers and take note of what kind of questions are asked.
- Download or print out relevant texts form NDLA and other internet resources. Make sure you right-click on links if you want to print out pages. Choose open in new window/tab from menu. Otherwise they will open as lightboxes and they cannot be printed out separately.
- Take note of the common mistakes you have made throughout the year, when writing. Often the same type of mistake(s) pops up repeatedly.
- Print out and review “How to” instructions about writing styles. Remember to include: newspaper articles, letters to the editor, essays, articles, reports, speeches, etc. (see below)
- Review your reading list and make sure you have read a selection of texts from various genres.
- Read instructions and tasks on the exam paper carefully.
- Make notes along the way as ideas pop up in your mind.
- Use your dictionary to clarify difficult words in the task.
- Always reread your answer to
- make sure that you have answered the question
- ensure that you have used the correct genre / style
- avoid spelling mistakes (Don’t rely on spellcheckers alone. Use your dictionary as well.)
- check that your text is well organized
- Use your time wisely and pace yourself. It is expected that students should use 5 hours to complete the exam. If you finish early, go back and make sure that you have answered all of the tasks.
- Study these sites for handling footnotes and sources: Kildebruk and Kildehenvisninger and Litteraturliste
Tips and Advice
Preparing for the Written Exam will take you through the topic "social equality" in Vg1/Vg2 which was the topic given for the exam in 2010.
Resources On Genres
Go to our main menu. Click on "Communiation and News" --> "Writing - How To" for more learning resources on various text genres.
These "how to" instructions will examplify and give advice on different writing styles.