Summary Writing

Who this site is for:

  • This site is for staff members at the United Nations who would like to practice their summary writing skills.
  • It is a self-study site, i.e., not a managed site with instructor feedback.

What this site contains:

  • The links in the left-hand menu will lead you to some of the materials we use in our Summary Writing courses at UNHQ.
  • Click on "Texts and Model Summaries" to get to the main units of the Summary Writing course.

How to learn more about summary writing:

  • Staff at UNHQ can also enrol in one of our Summary Writing courses through Inspira. 
  • Staff in field missions and at offices away from Headquarters can e-mail Mary Regan ( for information on possible distance learning summary writing courses.


  • Please note that these exercises, the scoring rubric is NOT the official Exam Section scoring rubric for the YPP General Paper.
  • This website and the materials on it have NOT been reviewed or approved by the United Nations Examinations and Testing Service.