Basically you just need two know how to answer the 4 reading question types. Doing a few practice papers should help with them. The writing is harder, as many different tasks can come up, just know that it will be one inform/advise and one persuade/argue.
Apparently they tend to do themes that suit the year as well as the environment, therefore I suspect it may be on the Olympics or the Queen's Jubilee. As most won't know much about the Jubilee, it'll probably be more centered around the Olympics.
Aside from that, how do people revise English?! It's Persuade, Describe, Analyse x 2, iirc?
Been using the study pack i got. Got past papers, mark schemes and hints and tips in
I'm glad to have found this thread!
I can't seem to locate past papers online anywhere, and, to be honest, I'm slightly worried about this exam, because it seems to be one where you really have to just cater to the mark scheme?
Could anyone help me locate any past papers and mark schemes, please!? Thank you ^_^
Do AQA make the booklets with the material in for the reading available, do you know? Or would I have to try and find the sources online?
The outline will basically be that of the Jan 2012.
1st question: Regurgitate stuff in the text not word for word.
2nd: How is this headline/pic/sub-headline link with the text and being effective what it does. Point out even the completely obvious (the headline is bold and large making it punchy etc.).
3rd: Analyse the question. Add some provenance to help. Anyone who does History GCSE will know what to do here, just interpret it as a source question.
4th the same.
5th: Usually write something long like a letter. If it is a letter then start it like one with the address and the formalities. Basically its write a lot, have connectives, paragraph it and have intro and conclusion. Usually have to write about something in your life or similar here, but Billy Bullcrap can be used to make it up to make it better.
6th: just write a lot. That's relevant.
Reccomended timings are 15 min reading time, 36 min for Q 1-3, 24 min for Q4 and an hour on 5-6 (section B). The aim is 1 mark per 1.5 min.
Does anyone have access to the January 2012 paper by any chance?
I was told to start immediately on section B, then once an hour has passed, do section A!
I'm worried about this exam too, my biggest issue is time mangement and my creative writing skills are ****
what are grade boundaries usually like for english?
I got 70/80 for coursework and apparently 72/80 was the A* for the coursework last year.
So would it mean that i have to get a solid A* in this exam to get an overall A*?