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    Hello,

    I am an international student and I would like to take some A Level subjects (2 languages and a more general subject such as History maybe), but I don't know in what is consists and what is asked from the students...

    For French for example, is it only a written exam or do we have to sit an oral exam too ?

    Thanks
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    (Original post by Saphora)
    Hello,

    I am an international student and I would like to take some A Level subjects (2 languages and a more general subject such as History maybe), but I don't know in what is consists and what is asked from the students...

    For French for example, is it only a written exam or do we have to sit an oral exam too ?

    Thanks
    Well I'm doing both French and History so I'll try and answer your question, although it depends on the exam board.

    I'm doing AQA AS French, and we have a two-hour written paper, which includes listening, reading and writing. In addition, we have a 15/20-minute oral exam, which is worth 30% of the AS, IIRC. The topics are something like Media (TV, advertising, technology), Popular Culture (cinema, fashion & self-image, music), Healthy Living (sport, diet & lifestyle, holidays) and Relationships (family, friendships, marriage & divorce).

    I'm also doing early modern History with OCR, and we have two exams, each 90 minutes long, also IIRC. One of the papers is source-based (the paper has sources written either by historians or historical figures on your course and you have to compare and contrast the two) and the other isn't.

    I hope this helps
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    Hey, thanks for this quick answer ! Aren't AS taken one year before the "real" A Levels ? For the French oral exam, are students asked to have prepared a presentation or is it based on random questions on the topics ?
    Is it the same for every language or specific for French ?
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    The poster above has explained their exams well. Although it varies slightly in terms of exam length or types of questions between exam boards, languages usually involve reading (reading a passage and answering questions on it), writing (being given a certain topic and writing a short "essay" on it) and listening (listening to a passage or number of short passages and answering questions), and an oral exam.

    History is normally two or three exams, one of which might be in the form of coursework instead of an actual timed exam. History is an essay subject, so you will be expected to answer a certain number of essay questions in the allocated time on the topics you've studied. One paper is normally a source paper, where you are given images or passages and must base your essay around them (this will become clearer once you begin the course).

    That's a general summary of what you should roughly expect.
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    (Original post by Saphora)
    Hey, thanks for this quick answer ! Aren't AS taken one year before the "real" A Levels ? For the French oral exam, are students asked to have prepared a presentation or is it based on random questions on the topics ?
    Is it the same for every language or specific for French ?
    Generally same for every language.

    AS is the first year. Then you either end the qualification or continue it onto full A2 (second year). An AS is a qualification within itself, and sort of counts as half an A level. However, you would presumably just continue your AS levels straight on to A2 to gain the full A levels in each subject, in which case the only impact AS levels will have on you is the fact you get to collect results after the first year and see your progress before beginning the second half of the A level.

    And your question on the French exam is probably better for the other poster to answer
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    (Original post by Saphora)
    Hello,

    I am an international student and I would like to take some A Level subjects (2 languages and a more general subject such as History maybe), but I don't know in what is consists and what is asked from the students...

    For French for example, is it only a written exam or do we have to sit an oral exam too ?

    Thanks
    Hi there, I can probably help you out if your thinking History. This is perhaps easiest to explain if we split A-Levels in AS (first year) and A2 (second year).

    In your AS year you will most likely have 2 exams at the end of the year, Unit 1 & Unit 2.

    At A2 depending on which board you take you may do a piece of coursework and a final exam at the end of the year.

    Hope that helps
 
 
 
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