* Updated on 10/7/14. This post is contains virtually everything typically covered in a gp school year!



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GP EXAM…STUDY HERE!

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* Updated on 10/7/14.

This post is contains virtually everything typically covered in a GP school year!  Spend your time sifting through the links to re-familiarize yourselves with what will be expected of you on exam day.

Remember, TWO hours to write TWO essays from TWO different sections on the test!  EACH must be 500-600 words in length!



Brainstorming Bestie…the answer is in the palm of your hand!

Use the following links below to help you review and study for the GP exam…



IMPORTANT BASICS:

  • AICE: General Paper: an overview PowerPoint

  • EXAM BASICS Tips for breaking down the prompt and getting started

  • Top TOP 25 from the Cambridge Examiners themselves!

  • Essay Scoring Rubric (the offical one Cambridge uses!)

  • GP: Myth versus Fact: a PowerPoint to de-bunk the nonsense!

SAMPLE ESSAYS:

  • Expository Essay Sample: Explain the popularity of designer labels. 

  • Persuasive Essay Sample:  Should people have to pay to hear music?

  • Persuasive Essay Sample: Is it always best to tell the truth?

  • Discursive Essay Sample: Should fracking be banned?

  • Discursive Essay Sample: Can renewable resources ever address our energy needs?

  • A Cambridge-graded, Discursive Essay:  What are the main environmental problems in your part of the world and how effectively are they being tackled?

  • Another Cambridge-graded, Discursive Essay: Which is more important–money or happiness?

INTRODUCTIONS:

  • Writing an Expository Thesis

  • The Expository Intro

  • The Persuasive Intro

  • The Discursive Intro

THE BODY:

  • Drafting a Body Paragraph, expository model

  • Body Paragraph, color-coded elements of a discursive body paragraph

  • Topic Sentences and Seamless transitioning…take a look at this outline of the body of an expository essay…notice how each paragraph builds upon the one previous while maintaining focused on the prompt!

  • Layering Support in the Body…it’s ok to have two paragraphs to express one point…check out this sample to see what I mean!

  • Practice Seamless Transitioning…here’s the full activity we did in class, including the Key at the end!

  • Drafting a Body Paragraph, expository model

  • Point-Counterpoint, a how-to handout

  • Body Paragraph, persuasive model using point-counterpoint

THE CONCLUSION:

PRACTICE TESTS:

  • Midterm Simulation Prompts (from Dec. 2013)

  • Timed Writing: discursive

  • Saturday Simulation Prompts (from May 2014)

GP-RELEVANT CONTENT

For content, feel free to access the online versions of our Upfront Magazines by visiting www.upfrontmagazine.com.  Sign in as a student using this password: globalnative15.  This will give you access to all the mags, videos, and other educational links!



COMMON ERRORS IN ENGLISH CRITERIA:

Spelling:

  • Click here for a list of commonly misspelled words…study these!

POOR Expression…AVOID the following, funky phrases:

  • Nowadays…(yucky cliche!  Replace with: ‘in today’s society,’ ‘in modern society,’ ‘today,’ ‘currently’)

  • It has its pros and its cons (slang-y!  replace with benefits/drawbacks)

  • Take for example… (slang-y!  replace with: Consider __ as an example…)

  • Say someone…(slang-y! replace with: If an individual were to…)

  • Etc.” is a no-no!

  • And many more (replace with: among others)

  • You…replace with “WHO” you is!  (If you buy a car…if a consumer buys a car…)

Punctuation

DASHES off-set phrases/details

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