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Writing Paper Part 2. Task Type: Review

You see the following announcement in an English magazine:


You can't turn on the TV these days without there being a reality TV show on the schedule.

Which show have you recently watched? Send in your review of the programme telling us about the format, which kind of viewer it appeals to and whether you think it makes for good entertainment.

Write the review for the magazine readers. (about 220 - 260 words).

What you need to do to pass
Read our checklist first to understand what the examiner is looking for in a good answer.

Ideas for writing
Ask yourself the following questions to help you get started:

  • What general information can you supply about the TV show? For example: How long has it been running? Which day of the week is it on?
  • What is the format of the show? Is their a panel of judges? Is there some form of audience particiaption?
  • Who tends to watch the show? Is it aimed at younger people or the whole family?
  • Is it good entertainment? Is it a format that has become rather predictable?

Drafting and proofreading your work

You should look at your first draft of the task and decide:

  • Have you answered the question?
  • Is the review organised in a clear and logical way?
  • Is the language accurate with a good range of structures?
  • Is the style appropriate and consistent?
  • Will the reader enjoy reading your review?

If the answer is 'no' to any of these questions then you will need to do some more drafting!


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