Summary Writing For Paper 1.


Important Rules


  • Keep to the word limit
  • Use the area of the text allowed
  • Write in continuous prose
  • Write 50-70 words.

Distractors, topic sentences and elaboration points


These are phrases or whole sentences or even groups of whole sentences, which are irrelevant for the summary! Do not use! Remind yourself what the question is asking for!

Topic Sentences

Look for topic sentences. These are sentences that highlight the points that will be or have been made in the rest of the paragraph.

Elaboration Points

These are ideas, phrases, sentences or even groups of sentences which do not form points in themselves. Rather, they give extra information as examples or explanations of ideas. They make the passage more interesting but they do not belong in a summary.


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