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    I have to write an essay on how Steinbeck presents George in Of Mice and Men. I have 2 hours, I'm at GCSE level, how much in words should I write? :confused:
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    As much as you can without going off topic
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    There's not a minimum/maximum amount to write. Just write anything relevant about it.

    Having said that, this does usually equal about 2 pages at GCSE level I think. Think that's about what I wrote, though I can't remember for sure, it seems so long ago now.
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    'Quality not quantity'

    As much as you can that's relevant, concise and well worded
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    2 hours for one essay at gcse...seems a bit harsh!
    Anyway, it's all about quality, not quantity, but I would aim for 1500-2000. At A level I generally aim to write 1000 words in 45mins-1hour. Also, don't let that panic you because there's loads to write about for OMAM and it is possible to write loads when you're gcse level - i think that one of my gcse cwk pieces was about 3500 words!haha
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    I did 6 sides but I still only got a B So it really is quality. Focus on the question and just see how much you get done, because you won't get points for waffeling
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    I didn't do a book, I did the short stories in the exam. I ended up writing about 4/5 sides of the booklet though, my writing is a speedy scrawl.
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    To be honest in GCSE not that much. I can't really remember but I doubt I wrote more than three sides and got an A*.
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    As much as you can as long as it's good, relevant stuff. Don't waffle, repeat yourself or go off topic.
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    (Original post by Wodeford)
    I have to write an essay on how Steinbeck presents George in Of Mice and Men. I have 2 hours, I'm at GCSE level, how much in words should I write? :confused:
    Isn't the exam 1hr 45? 1 hr for two poems, and 45mins for mice and men?

    Anyway I did around 2-3sides and got A*
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    I think you're asking the wrong question. As others have said, it's about quality and the relevance of your answer rather than quantity.
    Your question should be : how can I write a good quality answer in the time allowed?
    I suspect you are asking about length because you don't find it easy to write for an extended period of time ( quite understandable) and aim to stop when you've written "enough".
    When I wrote my last exam I wasn't thinking about how much I had written at all : I just kept going until I ran out of time.I did a quick plan at the beginning and when I found I was running out of time I listed summaries of additional paragraphs I hadn't had time to write.
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    My teacher said to get an A/A* then it needs to be at least a page every 15 mins, but obviously that's complete bull****. At least 2 pages of quality analysis will be fine
 
 
 
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