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VentLife
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Hi,

Does anyone have any ways of revising points for the essay questions in the AS AQA French exam?

I obtained a D is this exam because I only managed 11/35 in the essay :confused:but I managed an A in the oral, so I'm carrying it on to A2.

Obviously I'm re-taking the exam, so does anyone have any advice for preparing for it? I hope I'm not the only one who finds the topics dry and impossible to write about
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They're boring, but you have to research it to get loads of points - even if you don't believe in what you're writing, you should be able to make lots of points with examples. You need to make your language more complicated and accurate too to pick up all the grammar-based marks. How many practice essays had you done prior to this? When I was doing my AS (at uni now but did AQA too), we had an essay pretty much every week for the whole year.
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(Original post by Paralove)
They're boring, but you have to research it to get loads of points - even if you don't believe in what you're writing, you should be able to make lots of points with examples. You need to make your language more complicated and accurate too to pick up all the grammar-based marks. How many practice essays had you done prior to this? When I was doing my AS (at uni now but did AQA too), we had an essay pretty much every week for the whole year.
We did quite a few essays as homework, but they weren't timed and I had access to resources, so I feel like this is probably what let me down the most. I'm confused as to how many points need to be made in the essay overall to get top marks for content.

Okay, thank you. I shall probably write out a load of complicated opinion structures using the subjunctive and negatives then to apply to all the questions.

I find it really unfair how, if you don't have great content, you can't get top marks for grammar etc.
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We did quite a few essays as homework, but they weren't timed and I had access to resources, so I feel like this is probably what let me down the most. I'm confused as to how many points need to be made in the essay overall to get top marks for content.

Okay, thank you. I shall probably write out a load of complicated opinion structures using the subjunctive and negatives then to apply to all the questions.

I find it really unfair how, if you don't have great content, you can't get top marks for grammar etc.
But if you don't have great content then you really cannot fit in the best amount of grammar - poor content means simple ideas and sentences, not having a lot to say.
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But if you don't have great content then you really cannot fit in the best amount of grammar - poor content means simple ideas and sentences, not having a lot to say.
I suppose you are right. We are always told that 'simplicity is key' when it comes to French. I suppose that I took that to the extreme in the exam, I also only left 20 minutes for the essay, which is an issue in itself.
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