During your early English language classes, writing a summary essentially comprised reducing considerably the number of words of the whole passage. That is, you had to compress what you have read into a very brief account; no other specific requirements needed from you.
But in the General Paper level, this has changed enormously. The purpose of summary writing is more objective and more structured. And this is exactly what you will learn today, in this article.
Aim Of Summary Writing In GP Classes
=> To summarise only certain aspects of the passage directed by the examiner
You have to read and understand what the examiner is asking you. Be aware that he has a particular purpose in mind; to assess if you can provide/describe only and exactly what he is asking you + how well you deliver the results.
Why Has The Purpose Of Summary Changed For GP Papers?
The answer lies in the whole definition and aim of a GP class; a general paper class is primarily focussed on:
1) Analytical and critical thinking
2) assessing the general knowledge and reasoning of a student
3) Effective delivery of thoughts + Good usage of the English language
Hence, the summary is there to make sure you are selective and critical in filtering the specific and required information from a crowded informative zone + conveying the message effectively.
The Cambridge General Paper Summary – Write Exactly What You Are Being Asked!
The examiner will give you clear instructions and indications as to what you should write in your summary. It is of an utmost importance that you read the specific instructions with extreme care.