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Tips on Informal Situational Writing


Situational Writing (SW) is the shortest piece of writing in the writing component and has a weightage of 15 marks.

It is also the easier of the two (the other writing piece being Composition) to master, especially informal SW.

At Thinking Factory, we work on SW twice a month – an informal and formal SW. Regular writing practice is an important part of examination preparation, especially for the PSLE year.

If you would like to have more practice, come join us for our regular P5 classes.

New classes will open in October to begin preparation for 2021 PSLE year.

Below are a few tips to help you master you informal SW.


Informal Situational Writing tips


1. Read the Task section carefully

  • Take note of the Purpose. Audience, Context. The points are clearly found in the Task section of every Situational writing question.
  • Highlight all the points needed for your SW. Don’t miss out on any.


2. Purpose

  • The purpose of every SW is important.
  • It should be mentioned at the start and at the end of your SW


3. Purpose in an Informal SW

  • Keep an informal tone in your SW.
  • You may start by an informal greeting. How are you? I hope that you are doing fine since we last spoke!
  • Instead of saying ‘I am writing to..’, try phrasing the Purpose in a question form ‘Would you like to…?”
  • Remember to bring the purpose back with an informal tone at the end of the SW ‘Have I convinced you to join me?’ ‘I really hope that you will…’


4. Sign off

  • Regards, Love, or even Cheers (if the school accepts this) are all acceptable ways to sign off for an informal SW.
  • Do not use a full name when it is an informal SW. Sign off with a first name found in the Task.


P6 2021 Timetable (wef October)

DayStart timeEnd timeStatus
Wednesday3.00 pm5.00 pmStarting October 2020
Wednesday5.00 pm7.00 pmStarting October 2020
Saturday9.00 am11.00 amStarting October 2020
Saturday11.00 am1.00 pmStarting October 2020 - Full

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