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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 4:39 pm 
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hi.i am unsure about the time given to write essay.is it 30 minutes or different
Also how many words are required to be written...is it 250 words or more


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 5:50 pm 
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You have posted this in NVR, it needs to be in English area and you need to tell us which school exam you are applying for? DG


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 7:00 am 
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I am sorry,just did it by confusion.
My daughter is sitting for tiffins and hbs.I am not sure regarding the time for essays.after reading some post,i think it is 20-50 minutes and words are 200-250.pls clarify regarding this :)


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:16 am 
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I don't think there is a target word count at TGS

There is an element of interpretation required (last year it was a picture which set a scene and had to be written about). Obviously aim is not to produce a list of what you see, but to structure a small story, more inportant to have opening paragraph setting the scene, middle paragraph with the story details and then a closing paragraph (conclusion / wrap-up). Length is not important, but of course having a half finished essay because you ran out of time isn't a good idea. Apart from that, all the usual stuff of proper sentences, some good creative descriptive bits, story that flows sensibly and isn't jumble of muddled ideas, and accurate punctuation are all important to get good marks.

I suggest you concentrate on essay technique rather than length and split the teaching into the 3 basic paragraphs suggested above. Some Primary schools wont have taught this by start of Year 6 so don't be afraid to state the basics.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:20 pm 
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thanks very much.Do u know where I can get example of picture comprehsion


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:39 pm 
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Same applies for HBS. It is not how much you write but what you write. Able writers can get multiple marks in a few lines, other candidates can write pages and achieve barely any marks at all. DG


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:53 am 
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deepika29 wrote:
thanks very much.Do u know where I can get example of picture comprehsion


Deepika - any picture will do: something from the internet or your family photograph album will do it. It is not important what it depicts; the point is that your DC will need to gain familiarity with this style of question, learn to create a scene or a story in a limited amount of time and write in a way which is engaging and fluent.

But don't assume this is the only type of essay question that will come up - practise a range of things. You won't get a 'picture comprehension' as your question suggests - this will be for the writing section. The comprehension will be about a written passage or a novel extract if this is part of your school's exam.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 3:50 pm 
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thanks very much


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