Paper 1 Tips
This paper tests your writing, speaking, listening, and reading skills. It is divided into three questions which are structured into:
This question tests all the functional-writing items in the English syllabus; you are tested on how to write them in their correct format and appropriate context or register. Specifically, the question provides context and asks you to write a functional-writing item based on it.
You are expected to know all the functional-writing items at your fingertips.
You are expected to master the steps and formats every functional-writing item takes.
This question provides a broken passage for you to complete by picking the most appropriate words for the blank spaces.
You are expected to have read widely on several topics to be equipped with a range of word use.
It is advisable to read the whole passage first without filling in the gaps to get its content, which will help you place the passage in a given context for the appropriate diction (choice of words) needed to fill in the blanks. Know that the content and context of the passage will provide direction and suggest the words you should fill in.
Reread the passage and attempt to fill it in pencil. Do it a third time and confirm the answers in ink.
Ensure that the words you use to fill the gaps are spelt and punctuated correctly. They should begin in capital letters if they start a sentence and in small letters if they come within the sentence.
Be keen on tense in the case of a verb, and ensure it agrees with the subject.