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0990 IGCSE Paper 2 Directed Writing and Composition (examination from 2020)

Chris Barcock | Friday October 18, 2019

Categories: KS4, Cambridge iGCSE, 9-1 IGCSE, 9-1 IGCSE English Language , IGCSE English Language CIE 0990

Learner Guide

Check and correct your writing to avoid errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar.

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Paper 2 Advice

Section A Directed Writing


  • Identify the purpose and form (text type) for the task as you read the question and keep these in mind as you plan and write your answer.
  • Organise your ideas before writing and plan the structure of your response carefully so that is it helpful and clear for your reader.
  • For example, if you are arguing a particular point of view make sure you build your argument logically and persuasively, rather than just list ideas or track through points in the same order as the text(s).
  • Use vocabulary carefully and deliberately – try to use a range of precise and appropriate words, rather than repeating the same words, using very simple words or copying vocabulary from the text(s).
  • Control sentence structures, keep tenses in agreement and use connecting words/ phrases to link your ideas.
  • Be aware of the audience for your response and adapt your written style to suit the kind of style your reader/ listener would expect.


  • Read the text(s) carefully, underlining ideas that will help you address the task.
  • Plan to use ideas from the whole text, or both texts, in your answer.
  • Do not just repeat ideas from the text(s) – be prepared to criticise or question the ideas in the text(s).
  • As you read the text(s), look for clues to the attitudes of writers or speakers which may affect their viewpoint or suggest that something they say may be biased.
  • Include a range of ideas from the text(s) – including implicit (more subtle) ideas as well as explicit (more obvious) ones and evaluating at least some ideas in depth.
  • Make sure the ideas you use are derived from the text(s) – paying attention to the bullet points when you are planning your content will help you to do this.


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