This post will explain the best ways of writing an article for the PET exam as set out in the 2022 changes to the B1 Preliminary from Cambridge Exam English… it will provide useful phrases, example texts and example questions for you to practice at home.
WHAT IS AN ARTICLE?
An article is a text that expsses your opinion and knowledge about something. It should be an entertaining text that gets the readers attention and informs them.
THE STRUCTURE OF AN ARTICLE IS SIMPLE:
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO?
The 2022 version of the B1 Preliminary involves writing two texts of 100 words. You need to write an email, and then either an article or a stroy. You have the choice between the two, do not write both of them. For more information on how to write an article, see this post.
The examiners are looking at the following criteria:
All of the content in the writing should be aimed at answering the question. It should be easy to understand and also take into account who is reading it. E.g. if it is a letter to a friends, it must be informal and familiar.
The organisation aspect of the evaluation refers to how clearly you psent your ideas. If it is a letter, it must resemble a letter. You need to do it with paragraphs, the paragraphs must not be too short and they need to be set into separate topics. If you write a story it can be all in one paragraph but it needs to include a beginning, middle and end.
This part of the assessment focuses on the use of vocabulary and grammar. You need to show flexibility in their use and also include cohesive devices (X5) such as because, as, but, however, for example, like, and, in addition etc. To get a good grade in this part your grammar and vocabulary need to be accurate, appropriate and easy to understand.Communicative achievement
They are looking at communication of ideas; it must be clear, relevant to the question and the target reader, use good simple language with some complex grammar.
For some simple ideas on how to improve your writing, see 5 Simple Ways to Improve your Written English
Structure of an article:
Separate each part into a separate paragraph.
Engage the reader and make them want to read more, you can begin with a question or a general opinion
State your main points and relate them to personal experiences and opinions
Summarize your main points but make an overall point to make the reader think they have learned something from reading the article
Suggested grammar structures:
Impersonal passive: It is said that HBO make the best movies in the world.
Modal verbs: It might be a good idea to take your time.
Conditionals: If I were you, I would watch it at the cinema.
Relative clauses: I know someone who lives in that area.
Wish: I wish I could eat chocolate every day.
Example of a question:
You see this post on an English language website
Write an article about these questions. The best articles will be published on the site.
The most interesting way to spend your free time
Have you ever thought about the best way to spend your free time? If you want to know the key to making the most of your leisure time, this article is a must read.
Instead of turning on the TV every time you get home, why not try picking up a book. Reading is a great way to relax and it is also a fantastic way to open your mind. There is nothing like looking forward to getting home and reading a book that you are into. It helps you unwind, improve your imagination and it can even help you to learn a foreign language.
I have no doubt that reading will improve your life. If I were you,I would choose a new book today!
Useful language: Use these key phrases to answer the questions in the task
Involving the reader
Try to use extreme adjectives instead of intensifiersVery good = awesome, excellent, fantastic Very bad = awful, terrible, disturbing
Making recommendations and suggestions:It would be a good idea to… Wouldn’t it be better to…? Why don’t we…? What about… ? How about… ? Shouldn’t we… ? Let’s consider… Why not… ?