AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1 exam 2019: Post-exam discussion

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by Hayley Pearce | 3 June 2019

Now it's all over, how did it go?

AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1: Key facts

When is it? Tuesday 4th June in the morning

How long is the exam? One hour and 45 minutes

What is the structure? Section A: Analysis of a literature fiction text & Section B: Producing a piece of descriptive or narrative writing

How many marks are available? 80

How many people sit it? More than 528,000

Date and time of AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1

AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1 (8700/1) is on the morning of Tuesday 4th June 2019. Most exam centres will start the exam at 9.00am, but check with yours in advance as centres can start exams by up to 30 minutes earlier or later than this time. Most exam centres will tell you to arrive at least 10 minutes before the exam starts.

You will be assessed on your reading and writing.

AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1 and Pearson Edexcel GCSE English Language Paper 1 are being talked about on The Student Room forums.

Official AQA advice states that for the longer written response questions in GCSE English Language Paper 1, you should “make time to plan what you’re going to write. This way you’ll craft a shaped and structured response.”

What to expect from AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1

The paper title is AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing and the paper lasts for one hour and 45 minutes.

There are 80 marks available in this paper, and it makes up 50% of your AQA GCSE English Language exam. AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2 makes up the other 50% of the exam.

Students can be awarded grades 9 to 1 in the AQA GCSE English Language exam.

Find out more about the 9-1 GCSE grading system.

Make sure you always know the structure of the paper you are sitting. Read the instructions on the paper thoroughly before you start.

Section A is on reading. There are 40 marks available in total. You will be given a literature fiction text, and you will need to answer one short form question (4 marks), two longer form questions (two x 8 marks) and one extended question (20 marks).

Section B is on writing. There are 40 marks available in total. You will need to answer one extended writing question, producing a piece of descriptive or narrative writing. There are 24 marks available for content and 16 marks for technical accuracy.

AQA has given us this advice on what you need to do in your GCSE English Language exams.

What to bring with you to the AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1 exam

  • A black ink or black ball-point pen
  • That's all! No dictionary or books are allowed
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TSR community advice on GCSE English Language

For revision resources, TSR member sherry.crb says that a “YouTuber to watch for English language is Mrs Whelan's Englishshe is really really good for Q5 and all the questions.”

Skycloud advices, to get the top grades, "you need to look at videos and tips for the A* / 9 grade work because these simple tips will allow you to improve your writing loads."

And UnbelievablyEasy says: "Before the exam, make sure you know how you will answer all the questions and their timings, also maybe go over a few past papers if you have time – and you should be fine."

GCSE results day 2019

If you’re taking GCSE exams this year, results day for you will be Thursday, 22 August.

Most schools and exam centres will be open for students to collect their results from 10am.

Go to our exam results homepage for more info.

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