Five Effective Composition Strategies to Score in Exams

1. Present clear, supported arguments with a recognisable structure

As you map out your ideas, don't forget to map out supporting evidence for each idea. This helps you identify which ideas may provide you with more to write about. It also allows you to determine which arguments are more valid and which seem thin or weak. Adding clear evidence to each point you make strengthens that point and makes it stronger in the eyes of the reader. Using a clear structure (Point, Elaborate, Example, Link) helps the reader to follow the ideas the writer wishes to convey.

2. Use a wide range of expressions and grammatical structures

A wide range of grammatical structures showcases your English language ability more effectively. If you want to impress the examiner, be more experimental and try to use compound and complex sentences in your work. 

3. Experiment with interesting uses of language

Be creative with your choices. Interesting vocabulary and playful use of allusion and other linguistic devices can help create atmosphere in your work. 

4. Understand and apply stylistic devices

Learning to use devices such as these can add variety to your work. Some examples are: the five senses, rule of three, flashback etc. This has an impact on the examiner and leads to a favourable impression of the writer. It also helps to create a more exciting mood and tone in your writing. 

5. Utilise figurative language 

Mastering these kinds of techniques is essential to creating a rich tapestry of language which engages and immerses the reader in the writer’s vision. Some examples are: onomatopoeia, simile, metaphor, pathetic fallacy. The use of interesting literary devices helps to generate powerful imagery, which adds to the examiner’s impression that the student is a confident and masterful user of the English language. 

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