BECE English Language Essay Writing Questions and How to Answer Them

BECE English Language Essay Writing Questions and How to Answer Them: The 2024 BECE Examination consists of nine (9) subjects of which the English language is one of the core subjects. Each Subject of the BECE examination has its own marking scheme.

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On this page, we are going to give you a sample of  BECE English Language Essay Writing Questions and How to Answer Them.

Make sure to go through all the questions and also pay attention to how these questions are being marked so it can help you to answer your main paper.

BECE English Language Essay Writing Questions and How to Answer Them


Question One (1)

You have been installed a chief in your hometown. Write a letter to your friend in another school telling him, at least, two things you intend to do to develop the town.

Below are the tips on how to Answer the above easy question.

CONTENT: 10 marks

You are expected to highlight and explain the two things he/she would do to develop the town.

If a candidate writes on only one point, the Content is marked out of 5, instead of 10.

ORGANISATION: 5 marks

This is a letter to a friend (informal letter) and the following features are mandatory:

(i) The writer’s address (without a name)
(ii) Date
(iii) Salutation, e.g. Dear Kweku
(iv) Subscription, e.g. Yours ever, Yours sincerely, etc
(v) The writer’s first name

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Good paragraphing. Ideas should be well organized to show unity and coherence. See the full guide on how to write an informal letter here

EXPRESSION: 10 marks

This is a letter to a friend. The language should be chatty and reflect the warm relationship between the candidate and his/her friend. Contracted forms are acceptable and there should be a variety of sentence patterns.

MECHANICAL ACCURACY: 5 marks

The candidate is penalised (half a mark deducted) for each of the following:

(i) each grammatical error
(ii) wrong spelling
(iii) faulty construction
(iv) punctuation error and the wrong use of capital or small letter.


Question Two (2)

Write an article for publication in one of the national newspapers on the topic: The usefulness of the mobile phone.

CONTENT: 10 marks

The candidate is expected to state at least two useful things the mobile phone does and discuss them well.

Note: If a candidate writes on only one point, the Content is marked out of 5, instead of 10. See how Waec marks and grades candidates here

ORGANISATION: 5 marks

This is an article. It should have a heading and the name of the writer after the heading or at the bottom. Paragraphs should be well developed and the material should be logically presented.

Note: If the candidate writes a letter, the organization is marked out of 3.

EXPRESSION: 10 marks

The language should be formal. Slang, colloquialism, and contracted forms are out of place here. The candidate is expected to use appropriate vocabulary and a blend of sentence patterns.

MECHANICAL ACCURACY: 5 marks As in question one (1) above.

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Question Three (3)

Write a story that ends with the expression: So it pays to be kind to strangers.

CONTENT: 10 marks

The story may be real or imaginary. Stories with animal characters are not acceptable.

Note: If a candidate writes a story that does not illustrate the expression but merely tags the expression at the end, no mark is awarded for content.

ORGANISATION: 5 marks

A well-organized story has a beginning, a climax, and a conclusion. Paragraphs should be well developed and ideas properly linked. If dialogue is used properly, it is duly rewarded.

EXPRESSION: 10 marks

The candidate is expected to use vocabulary that is appropriate to the
narrative. There should be a variety of sentence types. Paragraphs should be well-linked.

MECHANICAL ACCURACY: 5 marks As in question one (1) above.

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