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My first exam is in 26 days
Aggghh.....

When do your exams begin? Any horrific weeks/ exam clashes?
I have a week of at least one exam every day... That's going to be tough
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If you guys need help with CIE IGCSE English Language/Spanish, I got A*s in both (did them in the winter session last year), so feel free to ask me anything!
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If you guys need help with CIE IGCSE English Language/Spanish, I got A*s in both (did them in the winter session last year), so feel free to ask me anything!
I'm doing the CIE English Language exam!
It's my first exam and I'm super nervous about it because no matter how well I think I do in the exam hall I never get very good results
Luckily 50% of our grade is coursework, which I have got pretty much full marks in so hopefully that will be enough to get be an A*
Any tips for the exam?
I'd say my worst bits were question 1 & 3
I never say what's on the mark scheme
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I'm doing the CIE English Language exam!
It's my first exam and I'm super nervous about it because no matter how well I think I do in the exam hall I never get very good results
Any tips for the exam?
I'd say my worst bits were question 1 & 3
I never say what's on the mark scheme
Oh, lucky! We had no coursework so, um, Q1 and 3 for me were analysis + creative writing?
For analysis questions, understanding the emotions that the piece is trying to convey is crucial. If you can identify the emotions and then work backwards to see what literary devices are being used to create the emotions, you can analyse the piece. Things like tricolons/triadic structure are great terms to use! In fact, I would learn a bunch of literary terminology that you can use tbh. If you ever need to write in the style of something or someone, place yourself in the person whose writing you're mimicking's shoes. Try and (this sounds weird) become them. Adapt your thoughts to be like their writing and identify the literary devices they use the most - then copy that.

Lastly, for creative writing, read a /lot/. Read a lot of fiction, in a few genres, because to be honest you can subtle-ly copy plot points and phrases. If you were writing formally before, try writing informally for this question to show diversity.
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Oh, lucky! We had no coursework so, um, Q1 and 3 for me were analysis + creative writing?
For analysis questions, understanding the emotions that the piece is trying to convey is crucial. If you can identify the emotions and then work backwards to see what literary devices are being used to create the emotions, you can analyse the piece. Things like tricolons/triadic structure are great terms to use! In fact, I would learn a bunch of literary terminology that you can use tbh. If you ever need to write in the style of something or someone, place yourself in the person whose writing you're mimicking's shoes. Try and (this sounds weird) become them. Adapt your thoughts to be like their writing and identify the literary devices they use the most - then copy that.

Lastly, for creative writing, read a /lot/. Read a lot of fiction, in a few genres, because to be honest you can subtle-ly copy plot points and phrases. If you were writing formally before, try writing informally for this question to show diversity.
Thanks for writing all that out
but I think we must do slightly different exams as my exam has no creative writing element to it, I wish It did
But I'm sure your excellent advice will be great for someone else
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Thanks for writing all that out
but I think we must do slightly different exams as my exam has no creative writing element to it, I wish It did
But I'm sure your excellent advice will be great for someone else
Hmm... what are your questions, roughly? I did 2 english language exams - maybe you only do 1 of them?
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Hmm... what are your questions, roughly? I did 2 english language exams - maybe you only do 1 of them?
Question 1) - writing a letter/interview/report etc in the voice of a character in the text
question 2) - analysis
question 3) - summary, writing 15 points about a text and then summarising it in like 250 words
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Question 1) - writing a letter/interview/report etc in the voice of a character in the text
question 2) - analysis
question 3) - summary, writing 15 points about a text and then summarising it in like 250 words
Okay I've done 1 and 2 but I never had to do that question 3. Looking at it... my advice would be highlight (or if they don't allow highlighters, underline) the key points in the text when you read it through the second time, as that can help you focus on the most important points. For summarising, make sure you contract your words wherever possible in order to save space. But ugh, I hate summarising things, so I'm glad I never had to do that!
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Okay I've done 1 and 2 but I never had to do that question 3. Looking at it... my advice would be highlight (or if they don't allow highlighters, underline) the key points in the text when you read it through the second time, as that can help you focus on the most important points. For summarising, make sure you contract your words wherever possible in order to save space. But ugh, I hate summarising things, so I'm glad I never had to do that!
Thats usefully, merci beaucoup amigooo
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What english edexcel igcse anthology hasn't come up. In both language and literature.
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Yes! Fellow iGCSE-ers

My first exam is World Lit and the one clash I have is with DA Chem and my second Lit paper (ohgodswhyyyy). Either way, I'm glad that's the only one I have :P
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ahh fab seems like not many people do igcses!! thanks for making this x
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Yay! A thread for igcse! Whoop!

(I always felt like such an outsider with all the P1/2/3 etc... )
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Yes! Fellow iGCSE-ers

My first exam is World Lit and the one clash I have is with DA Chem and my second Lit paper (ohgodswhyyyy). Either way, I'm glad that's the only one I have :P
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ahh fab seems like not many people do igcses!! thanks for making this x
(Original post by turn-to-page394)
Yay! A thread for igcse! Whoop!

(I always felt like such an outsider with all the P1/2/3 etc... )
Welcome guys!!
So nice to be in contact with other iGCSErs, other than just the people at my school
it does seem like all the threads on here have been about GCSE, and seeing as our syllabus' and exam timetable are quite different I was beginning to feel a little left out hahahaa

how's the revision going?

Im not sure about you, but I have got one more week of holidays until we go back to school and then 2 weeks of lessons before STUDY LEAVE :eek:
it all looked so far away when I started year 11 but these exams have come around sooo quickly.

Any edexcel historians here?
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Welcome guys!!
So nice to be in contact with other iGCSErs, other than just the people at my school
it does seem like all the threads on here have been about GCSE, and seeing as our syllabus' and exam timetable are quite different I was beginning to feel a little left out hahahaa

how's the revision going?

Im not sure about you, but I have got one more week of holidays until we go back to school and then 2 weeks of lessons before STUDY LEAVE :eek:
it all looked so far away when I started year 11 but these exams have come around sooo quickly.

Any edexcel historians here?
...by any strange chance, do you maybe go to OHS? I'm from Oxford too and used to go there - it's the only place I know in this city that does iGCSEs and isn't like, Magdalen. I'm an edexcel historian but I'm doing GCSE not iGCSE - coursework is the most beautiful thing in the world :P
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Hey! also doing mostly IGCSEs here! But I'm doing GCSEs in geography, history and PE, and also doing OCR additional maths. We use CIE for everything except Edexcel for Maths.
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...by any strange chance, do you maybe go to OHS? I'm from Oxford too and used to go there - it's the only place I know in this city that does iGCSEs and isn't like, Magdalen. I'm an edexcel historian but I'm doing GCSE not iGCSE - coursework is the most beautiful thing in the world :P
I dont actually, but I have a few friends who go there!
Im at SHSK in Abingdon, but I just say I'm from Oxford because no one seems to know where Abingdon is

ahhhhh so lucky! I wish I could do coursework for history
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apparently all iGCSE exams this semester have been postponed?? Can anyone follow this up for me?? XOXO
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Hey! also doing mostly IGCSEs here! But I'm doing GCSEs in geography, history and PE, and also doing OCR additional maths. We use CIE for everything except Edexcel for Maths.
I do CIE English Lit, Lang and French

what set texts/ poems are you doing for lit?

I also do maths edexcel, do you do the one with papers 3H/4H?
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apparently all iGCSE exams this semester have been postponed?? Can anyone follow this up for me?? XOXO
Really? Wow I haven't heard anything about that??!!!
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