CA ESSAY EXAM STUDY GUIDEBy Belinda Baardsen, American Ex PatTEFL Certified ESL InstructorKing Saud University, Saudi ArabiaNovember 2012
Section 135Marking Criteria How much is this Exam worth? This is one of four tests, and it is valued at 5%
How many CA Exams are there? There are four (4) CA exams total. You have already taken 2 CA exams. This will be your third (3rd) one. You will have one more after this one.
Where will I take my CA Exam? You will take the CA exam in your regular classroom.
How long will the exam be? The CA Exam will be 60 minutes!
How many words do I have to write? You have to write 50 words to have the option of a full mark. If you write 25 – 40 words; your mark will be deducted – 1point for task fulfillment. Less than 50% - you will be deducted: 1 mark in all four categories = - 4
What are they grading me on? 1. Word count 2. Task Fulfillment 3. Vocabulary & spelling 4. Grammar & punctuation 5. Organization
What’s the highest mark for each category? The best score for each category is a 3 (three.) The lowest score is a 0 (zero) if write nothing about what are asked to write. Best scores are a 3 (three) in each category = 12
What can I study to help me get a great grade? Please review all of the stories you read in each unit of your first book. Units 1 through 8 have themes: holidays, travel, and more. Look how these stories were written. Read, and practice.
Answer all of the questions you are asked. Where do you live? I live in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with my parents. What does your house look like? It’s big. It’s white with green trim. It has a lot of windows, but it has a wall around it so you cannot walk in without knocking.
Does spelling matter?If I can’t read it; how can I give you a good mark?
Does it make sense? If it does not make sense; then I cannot understand it. If I cannot understand it; I cannot give a good grade.
Vocabulary! Use it! You have worked very hard these past few months to learn words like: cosmopolitan, international, credit card, because, A/An, The, This is – why not use it?
Grammar! Whatttt….? Use the grammar you know: Plurals I am To be Singular And more.
Punctuation! Don’t forget to: Put a period at end of the sentence. Use capitals at the beginning of a sentence, and when appropriate: Saudi Arabia, America, Milano, Belinda, King Saud University, etc. Use comas, and more.
Organize your thoughts so I can read it. Remember to use paragraphs, and spaces. Remember to answer the first question, and then the next in order, so it makes sense. Don’t skip a question, or leave it out.
Exam Rules 1. There is no talking in class. 2. You cannot use a dictionary. 3. You cannot ask your neighbor for help. 4. You cannot go to the bathroom alone. 5. You must stay in class until the exam time is finished.
Believe in yourself the way I believe I you! Remember: to study is to provide the tools to your own success, and to have belief that through hard work that you can achieve your goals, and dreams. I believe in you! Your teacher, Belinda