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    how do you structure 4 6 and 10 mark questions to get full marks out of each one

    If you're doing AQA History B (which it looks like you are from your question, which is what I'm doing too), then the structure is as follows.

    Describe questions - 4 marks.
    Spend about 7 minutes on them and write about 2 specific points in detail.
    Source questions - 6 marks.
    Spend about 10.5 minutes on them and the structure is: NOP (nature, origin and purpose of the source), (why you) agree, (why you) disagree and conclusion.
    X or Y questions - 10 marks.
    Spend about 17.5 minutes on them and the structure is: Intro (briefly re-instate the question, describe and explain the first factor in detail, describe and explain the second factor in detail and then conclusion.

    6 mark question - Usually structured in the form of PEE paragraphs. PEE stands for Point, Evidence, Explanation. You begin the paragraph by providing a point and then support that point by providing evidence, either by referring to a source or using your own knowledge. Finally you explain your point and evidence. To get the full 6 marks you should write/type two PEE paragraphs.

    4 mark question - 4 mark questions are usually describe questions so you should either write/type four simple sentences to describe the given source or two longer, complex sentences.

    10 mark question - Usually structured in the form of PEE paragraphs. To get the full 10 marks you should write/type around four PEE paragraphs. Refer to the given source and your own knowledge when giving evidence. Finally finish with a conclusion.
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