You don't actually get marks for your plan, but if you spend a few minutes writing one it'll help you write a well-organised and thoughtful answer. And that will get you good marks, of course.
Think about the question...
Underline the key words in the question.
"Write a letter to a pen friend in which you explain what your ambitions are for the future."
Letter - the form you're writing in
Pen friend - The audience. Be fairly informal but remember they may have not met you.
Explain - This is the purpose - you'll need to give plenty of details and reasons.
...then make a plan
- Spend about 5 minutes getting your ideas together. Think about language techniques as well as content.
- You can write your plan in note form. It doesn't have to be in sentences.
- You could use a spider diagram for your plan.
- Decide which order you're going to write your points in before you start. Don't forget - you'll need a strong introduction and conclusion too.
There is no single right way to plan. So just choose the one that suits you best.
Choose your structure
- While you're making your plan, you should think about your writing's structure.
- For example, you might want to mention some bits in more detail than others, or create a certain effect with your writing.
- Here's a plan for a piece of descriptive writing…