62 Responses to Formats for O’level English Directed Writing Tasks

  1. sybaritic says:

    Dear Sir Younis,
    I would be appearing for my English olevels exam this May, 2017. I am very confused about the tone of language and style that is required to be used while writing a magazine article. I googled about it and found out it has to be opinionated and engaging with catch phrases you rarely find in formal writing. Please guide me on this matter.
    Thank you.

    • Dear Sybaritic,

      The language of a Magazine Article can be slightly less formal depending on the situation given in the question. You can use some phrases to make it interesting as well. However, you cannot be too informal. I will attach an example for your help soon.

  2. Raja Obaid says:

    please tell that how many paragraphs we have to write in speech and how many words??

    • The word limit is same for all the Directed Writing tasks, i.e. letter, report, speech, etc. You have to write between 200 to 300 words, and a speech of around 250 words will be perfectly fine. You should try to write at least four to five paragraphs.

  3. Hamzah says:


  4. ibrahimamjad says:

    Sir today in reading paper , I wrote a summary of 194 words which I counted in last 5 minutes. I got panicked as I knew it had to be near 160. Thus I wrote in countbox: 180. Idk why I did this blunder. Sir will it cost me marks?

  5. Jacqueline says:

    can you send me another tips for both paper one and two for october papers please.

    Thank you

  6. Abdullah Munglah says:

    there is no date in the formal letter nor in the informal one. Pls advise, thanks

  7. iqra khattak says:

    how can we change the points jotted down into our own words for the summary specially when they are in relatively simpler words.

    • You do not need to change every word while writing your paragraph summary from the notes you have made in Question 1 (a). Simpler words can be left as it is and only the key words/phrases need to be changed with their synonyms. Changing the sentence structure and combining two or three points into one sentence also counts as using your own words.

  8. Osama Adnan says:

    Sir is it essential that we have to put speech marks in our speech at the start and at the end.Will any marks would be deducted if incase we didn’t include them?

  9. Nasir says:

    Sir, Farid, would you be able to provide me some source materials on A level English Language paper 9093. I appreciate your help in this regard. Thank you. Nasir

  10. Rabiya says:

    Sir, are many marks deducted if your word count in section 1 increases upto 15-20 words? (you have included each and every word in your count.)

  11. mariam aamir says:

    Sir , if a person hasn’t written his or her story in paragraph how many marks will be deducted ?

  12. noman yaqoobi says:

    if we are asked to start the report from “To the principal…’ and remember to add your signature and date. how and where do we mention all of these?

  13. Aamir Saeed says:

    sir, is there any easier way to note out the points from a paragraph for summary

    • Keep the given two themes in mind, i.e. advantages/disadvantages, uses of something in the past and in the present, etc, and find the points related to the first theme in the first half of the passage, and then mark the points of the second theme in the second half.
      Read the passage for identifying points while concentrating on the given themes.
      Write your points briefly and you don’t need to change them into your own words at this point.
      Don’t quote examples or repeat the same point in different words.
      Don’t count the given example points into your 15 points. Write at least 15 points on your own.
      You can always write extra points to gain marks for them in case some of your points are marked wrong.

  14. syed343 says:

    Sir, what can we expect in directed writing section of the may 2016 Paper 1?
    Mostly we are given task to write a report or a letter, isn’t it?

    • I am sorry I have never been a supporter of selective preparation for examination and I do not advise my students about guessing my students what is coming in the examination.
      If you would like to do predict the writing task in Directed Writing Section, see the past 2/3 years papers and try to guess the pattern.
      I’m sorry I won’t be of much help here.

  15. Nargis Sultana says:

    Thank you Sir

  16. Hammad Khalid says:

    Sir, which type of essay do you think is easier for a student to write, narrative or descriptive?

  17. Saif Khan says:

    Sir, in leaflets, brochures and magazine articles, do we have to start each paragraph with a heading?

  18. Niharika says:

    Are these the latest formats? For CIE O levels, because I have my English paper 1 examination tomorrow.

  19. Thank you so much sir these are very helpful.

  20. Faizan Karsaz says:

    Muhammad Younis Farid

    Please correct the format of Account Writing. One should never use format of a formal letter in account writing.

    For Speech, start and end with Speech marks.

    jazak Allah

  21. Bilal Arshad says:

    Sir is this important to mention address on both types of letter(formal and informal)

  22. syed343 says:

    Sir, what can we expect in directed writing section of the may 2016 Paper 1?
    Mostly we are given task to write a report or a letter, isn’t it?

  23. Hammad Khalid says:

    Sir, are we allowed to write “Lots of love” at the end of an informal letter? Also, the question of a report asks us to sign so where should we sign?

    • You can write ‘lots of love’ at the end of an informal letter.

      You will sign your report after writing “Yours sincerely./faithfully,/truly,” and will write your name below your signature.

      • Hammad Khalid says:

        Thank you.
        Where should we sign if we choose the second report format?
        Also, can you give me an example of how should we write the first paragraph of a report?

        • It is better to choose the formal letter format, if you are asked to sign your report in the question.
          You can start your report like this:
          The purpose/aim of this report is to give you the details of/information about ___________________________________________________. (Mention the main incident/event, time, place, people involved, etc.)

  24. Mohad ur Rehman says:

    Thank you sir, these are really useful.

      • Mohad ur Rehman says:

        sir in todays speech i misread the question and didn’t start from “good morning everyone”. How much marks should i expect to lose?

        • You should always follow the given instructions about the format and starting your speech/letter/format.

          Well, I cannot tell you exactly how many marks you would lose, as while awarding your final marks/grade for your speech/letter/report all the aspects of the task are taken into account, i.e. task fulfillment, use of vocabulary, grammar, register, sentence structure, format etc, and no specific individual breakup of marks for these aspects is available in the mark scheme.

          • Ahmed Khan says:

            sir is it possible that the examiner do not cut marks
            I also misread the question and did not start from good morning everyone
            I started like:

            respected teachers and dear fellows
            how are you doing on this beautiful morning

          • It is important to follow the instructions about the format and starting the answer. However, if the quality of your response is up to the mark in all other aspects, you shouldn’t be losing too many marks for this error.

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