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My spanish exam is coming up and it is far more different to the GCSE style.

I was wondering if anyone had any tips or phrases that are useful. exam technique as well is also good
ANY HELP IS WELCOME ^.^

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My spanish exam is coming up and it is far more different to the GCSE style.

I was wondering if anyone had any tips or phrases that are useful. exam technique as well is also good
ANY HELP IS WELCOME ^.^

thx
Could you please be more specific about which Spanish exam you are doing?
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Could you please be more specific about which Spanish exam you are doing?
I am doing spanish Edexcel AS Unit 2 Understanding and Written Response. It is Listening, Reading and Writing exam.
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I am doing spanish Edexcel AS Unit 2 Understanding and Written Response. It is Listening, Reading and Writing exam.
Well, the jump from GCSE to AS level is enormous, as many students on this forum will tell you!

At AS you can no longer just memorise a whole lot of stuff and regurgitate it; you actually have to understand the structures you are using and show that you have a wide range of general and specialist vocabulary.

Structures: Make sure you learn all your tenses - both how to conjugate them, and when to use them. That's half the grammar! The other half is the difference between ser and estar, the use of the passive voice, the use of pronouns (the difference between le and lo, for example, as well as the use of cuyo, lo que and so on), agreement of adjectives, etc.

Vocabulary: Make sure you learn all the specialist vocabulary that is relevant to your topic areas. Your textbook should help you here, or you can get excellent vocab books like Palabra por palabra, which also has a wide range of general vocabulary and useful, idiomatic, expressions.

Learning verb conjugations, grammar and vocab is a slow process and you should be starting a daily learning / revision routine now - try and spend about half an hour every day beyond your homework. Start with your verbs and make sure you know how to conjugate them - do maybe fifteen minutes every day on verb practice - and then spend another 15 minutes on learning and revising vocabulary. If you do that every day, you'll find that you'll start making progress very quickly.

And finally, exam technique: make sure you understand exactly what is asked in every question! As a teacher, I find that that is where many students lose marks - not because they didn't understand the text, but because they simply did not answer the question.
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Well, the jump from GCSE to AS level is enormous, as many students on this forum will tell you!

At AS you can no longer just memorise a whole lot of stuff and regurgitate it; you actually have to understand the structures you are using and show that you have a wide range of general and specialist vocabulary.

Structures: Make sure you learn all your tenses - both how to conjugate them, and when to use them. That's half the grammar! The other half is the difference between ser and estar, the use of the passive voice, the use of pronouns (the difference between le and lo, for example, as well as the use of cuyo, lo que and so on), agreement of adjectives, etc.

Vocabulary: Make sure you learn all the specialist vocabulary that is relevant to your topic areas. Your textbook should help you here, or you can get excellent vocab books like Palabra por palabra, which also has a wide range of general vocabulary and useful, idiomatic, expressions.

Learning verb conjugations, grammar and vocab is a slow process and you should be starting a daily learning / revision routine now - try and spend about half an hour every day beyond your homework. Start with your verbs and make sure you know how to conjugate them - do maybe fifteen minutes every day on verb practice - and then spend another 15 minutes on learning and revising vocabulary. If you do that every day, you'll find that you'll start making progress very quickly.

And finally, exam technique: make sure you understand exactly what is asked in every question! As a teacher, I find that that is where many students lose marks - not because they didn't understand the text, but because they simply did not answer the question.
Thank you for your help! I will bear all of this in mind.
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