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Im giving the PBSAA and i was wondering if i should write my plan for the essay section in the answer sheets itself?
will they want to see it? and do i strike it out in the end or not?
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I'm also taking the PBSAA tomorrow and from what I can see there are a few blank pages which are intended for rough notes/planning. There's no need to strike it out because they will only mark work that's in the space indicated.

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@Hollicat agh im so glad ive found someone else 😩 am I the only one freaking out over the topics?
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Hey, I'm doing the PBSAA tomorrow too and am wondering how people are planning to go about structuring the essay?
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Hey, I'm doing the PBSAA tomorrow too and am wondering how people are planning to go about structuring the essay?
i guess the simple intro-body-conclusion, like starting with a really generic 'this essay is about' and then arguments for and against it, with a summary at the end.
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Hey, I'm doing the PBSAA tomorrow too and am wondering how people are planning to go about structuring the essay?

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i guess the simple intro-body-conclusion, like starting with a really generic 'this essay is about' and then arguments for and against it, with a summary at the end.
I will follow a structure similar to that, including for and against arguments and along the way dropping in evidence to support or contradict. Nothing too rigid though as the essay topics are so unpredictable
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I will follow a structure similar to that, including for and against arguments and along the way dropping in evidence to support or contradict. Nothing too rigid though as the essay topics are so unpredictable
The topics are SO weird I honestly dont know what im gonma do. I havent even revised a level bio properly so I guess im just winging it
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The topics are SO weird I honestly dont know what im gonma do. I havent even revised a level bio properly so I guess im just winging it
I wouldn't worry too much as according to the spec 'it requires no specialist or background knowledge'. They are generally quite broad quotes too, so it is possible to bring arguments in from many areas.

Are you going to be doing maths and biology or reading comprehension for section 1?
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I wouldn't worry too much as according to the spec 'it requires no specialist or background knowledge'. They are generally quite broad quotes too, so it is possible to bring arguments in from many areas.

Are you going to be doing maths and biology or reading comprehension for section 1?
Yeah, I was thinking a similar structure to the ones mentioned with exploring it from different angles etc., factoring in the limited time (aghhh!)

I’m personally going for Reading Comprehension as though I do science subjects at A Level, I’m naturally better at language and have forgotten all GCSE maths in the maths and bio section.
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I wouldn't worry too much as according to the spec 'it requires no specialist or background knowledge'. They are generally quite broad quotes too, so it is possible to bring arguments in from many areas.

Are you going to be doing maths and biology or reading comprehension for section 1?
Im doing maths/bio! I found it easier than the english- maybe because I can be sure of the right answers in it
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Yeah, I was thinking a similar structure to the ones mentioned with exploring it from different angles etc., factoring in the limited time (aghhh!)

I’m personally going for Reading Comprehension as though I do science subjects at A Level, I’m naturally better at language and have forgotten all GCSE maths in the maths and bio section.
Yeah, time is a real problem for this exam. I will spend 5 minutes maximum planning and then the other 35 minutes writing

Going with the reading comprehension too. I don't do science A level subjects and like you I find my natural strengths to be within language.
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Ahh fair enough! Need to practice planning some essays tonight whoops

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Im also doing the PSAA tomorrow and im honestly feeling so unprepared D:
on the past papers my average score on section A was 11/22
section C 10/23
so i already feel like that is way too low
im woring on my essay skills for the next hour or so.
good luck guys.
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How did we all find it?
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Omg so bad. I couldnt finish section 1 and for section 2 I rambled on for question 3

Idk lmao how important is this for the interview selection?
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Please do not discuss any Cambridge Admissions Assessments today. You can discuss Section 1 tomorrow, but not Section 2.

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