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Business Report FAQ (1 Viewer)

Without Wings

Super Moderator
Dec 15, 2003
Here's a range of common questions about Business Reports as well as a range of useful links

Note: These are just suggestions that have been compiled from a range of sources (textbooks, teachers, websites, study guide days etc). You may choose to do things differently.

What Format should I use for a Business Report?

Executive Summary

  • Your executive summary should summarise the other sections of your plan. It should include key financial numbers from your plan, as well as brief summaries of other important sections.
  • Conclude the executive summary with the purpose of report and ensure it links to the question.
  • Remember, it's not an index, but a list of key points and findings that are found in the report. This is so the reader has a general overview of what's involved in the whole report.
  • A lot of people find writing the executive summary last is the easiest way to do it.


  • Use headings and subheadings. Get these headings from your question, as they change from question to question. There are no set headings you must use for this.
  • You can use dot points.
  • Use diagrams tables and graphs where necessary.
  • Use business terminology.
  • Be clear and concise.

Recommendations/Key Findings

  • Discuss the key findings and make recommendations.


  • Sum it up. Don't forget to relate back to the original question!

Do I integrate
Stimuli into the Business Report?

Yes, it is important to integrate stimuli into the business report. You only need to integrate the parts you feel are required. Examples
of stimuli include:

  • photos
  • graphs

Where in the
HSC Exam Would I Use a Business Report?

  • Section III of the HSC Exam asks you to repond in the form of a business report.
  • Section IV of the HSC Exam asks you to repond in an appropriate form, which can be a business report.

Threads about Business Reports

Help Writing Essays/Reports in Business Studies

Business Report Help

Report Writing

Writing a Report

How do you write an Executive Summary?

Business Report Headings


Business Studies Resources: has a range of responses from other members. You may find some of these useful as examples of how others have responded to similar questions.

Board of Studies Standards Packages: these have some example responses from past hsc exams which you may find useful as examples of how others have responded to past hsc questions using this format

Jacaranda Report Writing Tips and Practice Questions

HSC Online Report Writing

Biki: ;How to write a business report

Business Reports for Undergrad Students:
the *format and form* bit is irrelevant to a business report under examination
conditions, but the *writing style* bit has some simple but important pointers
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New Member
Mar 30, 2010
Instead of doing recommendations/key findings, could you include it in the conclusion?


Premium Member
Apr 30, 2009
Instead of doing recommendations/key findings, could you include it in the conclusion?
yep, you could make an insightful comment. recommendations are not absolutely necessary, and often these can be integrated into the body of the essay anyway! hope this helps. :)

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