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You need to be prepared in order to write successful non-fiction texts in your exam or controlled assessment. Think ahead about content, organisation, accuracy and vocabulary, and consider the genre, audience, style and purpose of your writing.

Overview: non-fiction texts

You will be asked to write different non-fiction texts with different purposes and audiences. They may be of specific lengths. You might be asked to:

  • Describe a person or a place.

  • Give information or instructions.

  • Persuade a person or group of people.

  • Argue a point of view.

  • Express an opinion on a topic.

  • Analyse some information.

You will need to think about:

  • Content: what do you want to say?

  • Organisation:how should you lay out and structure your writing?

  • Accuracy: how good is your spelling and punctuation?

  • Vocabulary: how many interesting words are you familiar with?

TIP: A good tip is to imagine why you are writing: not because you're in an exam but why you might feel motivated to write the letter, speech or magazine article you have been asked to come up with. This is a bit like thinking of the back story to explain your motivation. Deciding on your motivation will give you more ideas about what to write.