If you did all the work correctly in Phase 1 as recommended in my post Acing Your PAT, Phase 3 is a breeze.


Copy your Report from Phase 2 into your Phase 3 folder and rename it appropriately.

Add a new Addendum and insert your Questionnaire document as a linked object on the page (use a section with narrow margins for this page and/or resize the object by dragging the corner of the border inwards).

Cover page

Add an Abstract to your Cover page (you should have created the control when you created the outline of the document in Phase 1). An abstract is a brief summary of a research report and is often used to help the reader quickly ascertain the paper’s purpose.


Change the heading “Task Definition” to “Introduction” – the focus must be on:

  • The overview of the problem (“The current situation…”)
  • The purpose of the investigation (“The purpose of the investigation…”)
  • The clear focus of the investigation (“The focus of the investigation…”)

Remove the paragraphs on how you planned to conduct the research/project (or lose the mark for “No other unnecessary information”)

Use formal English:

  • Write in the past tense
  • Remove all personal pronouns:
    My investigation » The investigation

Delete the Focus Question page with everything on it.


First, delete the placeholder headings “Discussion” and “Analysis” (created in your Phase 1 report outline).

Now, use your headings from the Categories column in your Research Questions table. Add them to the content section of the report – make sure they are in a logical order.

For example:

  • Background
  • Impact
  • Solutions

Now, copy each of the summaries from each of the questions under the relevant headings into the above headings. If research question 1 is categorised as “Impact”, copy-paste its summary under the heading “Impact” in the main section of the report. Make sure the text is in a logical order – you may have to spend some time editing your summaries.

Cite your work as you go – you should have created your Sources in Phase 1 – if not, create them now. If the source for research question 1 was one of the sources for which you created a citation, don’t forget to cite the paragraph(s). To cite your text:

  1. place your cursor after the paragraph you are citing,
  2. hit the space bar,
  3. select the References menu,
  4. click on the Insert Citation button,
  5. click on the relevant source




The marking rubric says:

Meaningful and logical conclusion drawn from the information and evidence presented, and addresses the original problem/investigation, appropriately summarised. Any new information presented at this point must have been appropriately investigated/researched, with supporting evidence.”

Matric 2020 PAT marking rubric

It goes on to specify the following requirements:

  • Conclusion present
  • Conclusion drawn from information presented in report and addresses the original problem statement/focus in light of the evidence presented
  • Conclusion is meaningful and logical
  • Conclusion relevant to the Focus Question in Phase 1


You created your 3 sources in Phase 1 so this step should simply be a case of inserting your cursor on a blank line below your “Bibliography” heading and inserting the bibliography using the button on the References tab. Delete the now obsolete Bibliography placeholder heading (the Bibliography field includes a heading).


All your tables should be captioned. If you left an open line between your tables to prevent them from merging into one table, you can remove the blank paragraph as the captions will keep the tables separate.

All your tables should be formatted correctly and consistently: the headings rows should be bold and centred (as a minimum) and the tables should be Auto-fitted to the page.

Auto-fitting a table in Microsoft Word

The column heading row of each table should be set to repeat (especially for your Research Questions table which almost certainly spans multiple pages):

Setting the Repeat as header row setting on a Word table
  1. Click in the top row of your table, right-click
  2. Select Table Properties
  3. Select the Row tab
  4. Check the Repeat as header row at the top of each page option
  5. Click OK

While your Research Questions table undoubtedly breaks across multiple pages, your smaller tables should not. In the same manner as you use paragraph settings to prevent a list from being split between pages, you can use the Keep lines together paragraph setting to prevent a table from being split into two on two separate pages:

Keeping small Word tables on one page
  1. Select the table
  2. Open the Paragraph Settings dialogue
  3. Select the Line and Page Breaks tab
  4. Check the Keep lines together option
  5. Click OK


Make a final check of your Styles. If you select a heading or any text for that matter, the style applied to the selection should be highlighted in the QuickStyles Gallery. If you click on that Style there should be absolutely no change to the selected text. If the selected text does change, it means you applied the style and then applied some other formatting to the selection after that.

Remember: even your standard paragraphs should have the Normal Style applied.

Top Tip: sometimes something odd, like a picture, will appear in your Table of Contents. If this happens it means that that picture has a style applied to it. Navigate to the picture, select it and apply the Normal style to it. Update your Table of Contents and the picture should disappear.

Finishing touches

Don’t forget to:

  • update all your fields: Table of Contents, Table of Figures and Bibliography
  • do a final check of all your spelling & grammar
  • do a final check on all spacing (vertical & horizontal)
  • check your page numbering

By MisterFoxOnline

CAT Educator

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