In the Cambridge Advanced exam, writing a report is one of the tasks you may be asked to do in Part 2. Here we will look at what you need to know about Advanced report writing.
An advanced report is an example of a real world writing task where you are required to analyse a scenario or problem and generally offer solutions that can be acted on. As you can see from the exam question below the audience is real.
Firstly, you need to show that you have an understanding of the type of register and structure needed. For reports the style is generally formal or very formal. An additional requirement is that you follow the very clear conventions that go with the structure of reports.
In a report each section or paragraph is expected to have a title or heading and you can always expect to use Introduction as a title for the first part and Conclusion or Recommendations for the final section. For other sections use a title that describes the theme or topic in that section or paragraph.
Initially you need to determine what you have to include in the report. All of that information is contained within the question. Equally the question often provides the likely headers we might use. Our report may well have the following layout and headers.
The introduction is the one part of the report where the structure is identical for any report. An introduction states the purpose of the report and provides any basic relevant background. The sample below is a typical approach to the introduction.
For each of the remaining parts it is important to provide support and details to any opinions you offer. As you can see in the example section below, the explanation contains sufficient relevant details.
The final part of a report is where a reader expects to see new proposals or an overall analysis. It should draw together some of the details from the preceding sections and, if required, offer potential options. These suggestions are always based on what has come before in the report.
Report on college cooking classes course
The aim of this report is to review the full-time college cooking class, how the classes were taught and to make some suggestions as to how the course could be improved in the future.
As a complete novice these classes were absolutely perfect. Instructions and information are available in a way that all students can understand. The format of the classes in particular were very useful in the sense that they provide both theoretical ideas and also plenty of opportunities to practise new techniques. There was also good extra support from the tutors themselves who were always happy to assist students.
The teachers were all professional and knowledgeable about their subject. They were also very passionate about the topic. For students they were tremendously supportive although when some students found activities difficult it could slow down the class. The communication method was clear through whiteboards and lots of photocopies. It seemed to be effective for many of the students and they felt they had made a lot of progress over the duration of the course.
While the courses are well-run and ideal for anyone learning to cook, there are some improvements which can help make the courses better.