Writing a controlled assessment - 4

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Once you have made all your points and supported those points with evidence and explanations you are nearly there. You just need to add a final paragraph reminding the reader of the main points that back up your argument.


One of the most important things about an essay is the way it looks. A teacher or examiner will get a sense of how good an essay is just by glancing at it. If it is in a single block of text, with no paragraph breaks, for example, it is not going to get more than a D.

Make sure your:

  • paragraphs are clearly indicated - indent each opening line or leave a gap between paragraphs
  • paragraphs are around the same length - this will show that your essay has a balanced structure including clear points, evidence and explanation (remember P-E-E!)
  • longer quotations are easily seen - they should sit clearly in the middle of the page