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AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2: Key facts
When is it? Friday 7th June in the morning
How long is the exam? One hour and 45 minutes
What is in it? Analysis of one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text; writing to present a viewpoint
How many marks are available? 80
How many people sit it? More than 528,000
Date and time of AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2
AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2 (8700/2) is on the morning of Friday 7th 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.
Official AQA advice states that for the longer writing question in GCSE English Language Paper 2, you should “make a plan and sequence your ideas for the line of argument that you’re going to take.
“Write less, but instead think more about the points you’re going to make and how you’ll explain and develop each point.
“When you have your ideas organised, plan how to link paragraphs using discourse markers.”
What to expect from AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2
The paper title is AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives 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 1 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 two linked texts (one non-fiction and one literary non-fiction), and you will need to answer one short form question (4 marks), two longer form questions (one x 8 marks, one x 12 marks) and one extended question (16 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 writing to present a viewpoint. There are 24 marks available for content and 16 marks for technical accuracy.
What to bring with you to the AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2 exam
- A black ink or black ball-point pen
- That's all! No dictionary or books are allowed
TSR community advice on GCSE English Language
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 Some people can get a 9 with no practice, some people can only pass doing as many past papers as possible. If you did fine in the mocks take that as an indication. 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.