GCSE Psychology exams and revision: AQA explains what you need to do

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Our series on exam advice continues with tips from AQA on GCSE Psychology

To help you make the most of your remaining revision time, we’ve worked with exam board AQA to create a series of exam advice articles.

In each of these features, you’ll find advice and easy-to-follow tips written by one of AQA’s subject matter experts.

Read on to get the inside track on GCSE Psychology, direct from the people who make the exams.


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DO make sure you break down a question into all of its required parts

  • If you don’t answer all the parts of the question, you won’t be able to get full marks.
  • Students often think that spending time writing long answers will get them more marks, but this isn’t always the case - there’s a limit to how many marks you can get for each part of a question. So it’s more important to make sure you answer all parts rather than spending valuable time writing a lot about the part you know the most about.

DO engage with the material in the scenario in application questions

  • We sometimes see students simply referring to the names of people in the scenarios, which isn’t enough. Consider writing about the relevant theory or concept, then stating ‘this can be seen in the case of X when he/she…’ It’s important to make the links between the theory or concept and the specific content outlined in the scenario.

DO add a new idea for each mark

  • This can also be an extension of the previous idea. If it’s an extension of a previous idea, make sure the extension is clear and reads like a natural progression from the previous sentence.

DO recognise the importance of thinking, planning and paragraphing, particularly for extended responses

  • Plan your essays and think about how the points fit together to make a clear and coherent essay.

DON'T define key terms using words contained within the term itself

  • For example, if you’re asked to define what a false memory is, don’t say it’s a memory that is false. It would be better to say it’s a memory of an event that has never happened but feels as if it did.


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Good luck from AQA

AQA believes everyone has the potential to achieve, and we make sure our qualifications give all students the opportunity to show what they can do and progress to the next stage of their lives.

Our subject experts worked with The Student Room so we can reach as many students as possible with advice on how to approach your revision and exams. We wish you well in the weeks ahead, and don’t forget to look after yourselves too: eat well, sleep well and tell someone how you’re feeling if there are days when things don’t go so well or you don’t feel so good.

 Good luck!