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Paper reference: 1EN0 02
Paper title: Non-fiction and Transactional Writing
Duration: 2h 5mins
Maximum mark available: 96 (60% of GCSE)
Date of paper: Friday, 7 June, 2019 (a.m.)
Paper 1 discussion: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=5864106

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Grade boundaries for this paper (out of 96 marks):
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2017 (June)
Grade 9 - 80 marks (top grade)
Grade 8 - 73 marks
Grade 7 - 67 marks (legacy 'A' grade)
Grade 6 - 59 marks
Grade 5 - 52 marks ('strong' pass)
Grade 4 - 45 marks ('standard' pass)

2017 (November)
Grade 9 - 80 marks (top grade)
Grade 8 - 74 marks
Grade 7 - 69 marks (legacy 'A' grade)
Grade 6 - 61 marks
Grade 5 - 54 marks ('strong' pass)
Grade 4 - 47 marks ('standard' pass)

2018 (June)
Grade 9 - 79 marks (top grade)
Grade 8 - 72 marks
Grade 7 - 66 marks (legacy 'A' grade)
Grade 6 - 59 marks
Grade 5 - 52 marks ('strong' pass)
Grade 4 - 45 marks ('standard' pass)

2018 (November)
Grade 9 - 79 marks (top grade)
Grade 8 - 74 marks
Grade 7 - 70 marks (legacy 'A' grade)
Grade 6 - 62 marks
Grade 5 - 55 marks ('strong' pass)
Grade 4 - 48 marks ('standard' pass)

Past papers, mark schemes and examiners' reports are available on the website for you to download: https://qualifications.pearson.com/e...Exam-materials

Guide through the paper
General:
  • The topic shared between the texts in the exam will be relatable and won't be anything that is too specialised (you won't be seeing anything too political or anything littered with too much jargon).
  • Pay close attention to your grammar, spelling and organisation of your work in Section B, but don't worry about it much at all in Section A. Just focus on your writing style and analysis for the reading section.
  • There is good reason to skip the low-tariff questions. The marks for such questions are outweighed so greatly by the high-tariff questions that you really should use none of your precious time on them. It would be a waste. The questions I’m talking about are 1, 2, 4 and 5. You may wish to only answer these if you have time at the end.

Section A (reading section) - 56 marks total
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Question 1 (2 marks)
  • AO1 is assessed (the ability to identify explicit and implicit features in a text)
  • Simple detail spotting here. Spot the explicit details that are mentioned in the text.

Question 2 (2 marks)
Same procedure as question one.

Question 3 (15 marks)
  • AO2 is assessed (analysis of language and structure).
  • I would strongly advise you to write two paragraphs on language and two on structure.
  • Remember to analyse in detail and include the effect on the reader (by the way, avoid mentioning that it wants to 'make them read on').
  • You should probably focus on the beginning and the end of the excerpt, as these are crucial points for any writer to try and engage the reader and are probably littered with brilliant literary devices and structural features. However, the main body/middle section may else be brimming with features for you to explore!

Question 4 (1 mark)
  • AO1 is assessed (the ability to identify explicit and implicit features in a text).
  • Similar procedure as questions one and two, but you only have to look for one detail this time.

Question 5 (1 mark)
  • Same procedure as question four.

Question 6 (15 marks)
  • AO4 is assessed (the ability to evaluate texts).
  • This is practically a repeat of question four in the first paper, just with a more modern, non-fiction text.
  • It's almost always easier to agree with the statement. You do not have to disagree to any extent.
  • Avoid talking about language or structural features (remember, you're here to evaluate the theme or aspect of the text proposed by the statement). I think you would have had enough time to cover that in question three.
  • Discuss the setting, ideas, themes, events (this is actually in the mark-scheme). You may affectionately refer to this method of answering with the acronym SITE. When evaluating the text, I recommend expounding on these aspects. Does the scenery of the text affect the mood, or relate in any way to the statement? What ideas are the characters based on that may link with the statement? Is there a certain theme prevalent throughout the text that feeds into the statement, or is there a crucial event that highlights what the statement is suggesting?
  • Always eulogise the writer at the beginning of each of your paragraphs and briefly explain the element of SITE you are using before you expound on it. Vary the vocabulary in your praise to avoid making each paragraph beginning banal and irritating to the examiner (e.g. exemplary notion, excellent idea, exceptional, ingenious implementation, brilliant, impressive inclusion, cleverly crafted etc.).
  • Aim for about three-four paragraphs. You can still gain full marks with three paragraphs. but they require a great degree of depth to them. I always used three detailed paragraphs and omitted the element of SITE that I didn't feel was relevant to the question (usually the 'setting' element).

Question 7 (20 marks)
  • AOs 1 (the ability to synthesise information) and 3 (the ability to compare and contrast writers' ideas and perspectives between texts) are assessed. AO1 in part (a), and AO3 in part (b).
  • This question is separated into two parts, part (a) and part (b).
  • It tests you on the whole of both excerpts.
  • It is a demanding question.
  • For part (a), you should only attempt three paragraphs. This part of the question asks you to synthesise the excerpts. It is only worth six marks, so don't spend too much time on it. Within each paragraph, find one similarity between the two texts share, find supporting evidence that corroborates your point, and then explain how they are similar.
  • For part (b), you should attempt to write four paragraphs with a good degree of depth. You will be asked to compare and contrast the language and structure of the excerpts on a particular topic the two excerpts have in common. Do this in detail and once again use your close-reading analysis. You want to compare the effects of the writer's language and structure, along with a comparison of the effects on the reader. Do not analyse and compare the texts in separate paragraphs, you are capped at low marks for this. Do not use any similarities from part (a) unless you are desperate, the examiners aren't very fond of this.

Section B (writing section) - 40 marks total
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Question 8/9 (40 marks)
  • AOs 5 (the quality of your content and its logic) and 6 (your technical accuracy/written communication, which involves spelling, grammar, punctuation for effect and organisation of your work). AO5 is worth 60% (24 marks) and AO6 is worth 40% (16 marks).
  • You chose one question from a choice of two.
  • You should have been taught how to write transactionally and your style of writing will be influenced by the form and audience.
  • You can be asked to write either one of these forms: a letter, a news article, a magazine article, excerpt from a textbook or leaflet, a speech, a review, a blog, an obituary, a curriculum vitae or an essay. If you want any tips for any of the forms, just PM me!


(If any of you need any help, just PM me! I scored 96/96 on this paper last year.)
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Evil Homer I've made a thread that can be added to the list for GCSE exams!
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Just wanted to offer my greatest sympathies to those of you who have been forced to take english with Edexcel. You are DOOMED. :console:

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Oi! That hurts! Edexcel's a lovely awarding body!
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Oi! That hurts! Edexcel's a lovely awarding body!
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Oi! That hurts! Edexcel's a lovely awarding body!
Btw there's some weird glitch thing, I can't rep you
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Haha. We'll agree to disagree here.
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Btw there's some weird glitch thing, I can't rep you
Might be a case of PROSM, no? That's unfortunate aha.
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Haha. We'll agree to disagree here.

Might be a case of PROSM, no? That's unfortunate aha.
Nah I'm hovering over the button but it's not clicking, it's working with other people though so it might be a problem with your account :iiam:
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Nah I'm hovering over the button but it's not clicking, it's working with other people though so it might be a problem with your account :iiam:
I just checked for your account, and I'm encountering a similar issue. Oh well, it is a mystery, I guess.
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I just checked for your account, and I'm encountering a similar issue. Oh well, it is a mystery, I guess.
Lol, 8472 solve this mystery please.
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Lol, 8472 solve this mystery please.
Giving reputation for posts isn't enabled in the GCSE and A-level Exam Discussions 2019 section. Hence you cant rep any posts here. Once it is moved to English exams and study help you'll be able to rep posts
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Giving reputation for posts isn't enabled in the GCSE and A-level Exam Discussions 2019 section. Hence you cant rep any posts here. Once it is moved to English exams and study help you'll be able to rep posts
Aha, why is that?
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Hello!Thank you very much for your advice! Could you post a scanned copy of a mock/practise paper that you scored well on to this thread so that I could read through some exemplary answers?Thank you again!
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Hello!Thank you very much for your advice! Could you post a scanned copy of a mock/practise paper that you scored well on to this thread so that I could read through some exemplary answers?Thank you again!
My scripts are on this site. There is no need to upload a scanned copy of a practice paper to this thread lmao.
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I genuinely thought that paper 1 was quite hard this year and I managed to even lose 15marks due to the fact that I didn't even start it which is such a bid downfall however on the 7th of June I'm sitting the exam for paper 2 is there any chance how I could get the full 96 marks just like that because paper 2 is actually quite more harder.

(Original post by Tolgarda)
Paper reference: 1EN0 02
Paper title: Non-fiction and Transactional Writing
Duration: 2h 5mins
Maximum mark available: 96 (60% of GCSE)
Date of paper: Friday, 7 June, 2019 (a.m.)
Paper 1 discussion: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=5864106

Useful resources and information concerning this paper

Grade boundaries for this paper (out of 96 marks):
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2017 (June)
Grade 9 - 80 marks (top grade)
Grade 8 - 73 marks
Grade 7 - 67 marks (legacy 'A' grade)
Grade 6 - 59 marks
Grade 5 - 52 marks ('strong' pass)
Grade 4 - 45 marks ('standard' pass)

2017 (November)
Grade 9 - 80 marks (top grade)
Grade 8 - 74 marks
Grade 7 - 69 marks (legacy 'A' grade)
Grade 6 - 61 marks
Grade 5 - 54 marks ('strong' pass)
Grade 4 - 47 marks ('standard' pass)

2018 (June)
Grade 9 - 79 marks (top grade)
Grade 8 - 72 marks
Grade 7 - 66 marks (legacy 'A' grade)
Grade 6 - 59 marks
Grade 5 - 52 marks ('strong' pass)
Grade 4 - 45 marks ('standard' pass)

2018 (November)
Grade 9 - 79 marks (top grade)
Grade 8 - 74 marks
Grade 7 - 70 marks (legacy 'A' grade)
Grade 6 - 62 marks
Grade 5 - 55 marks ('strong' pass)
Grade 4 - 48 marks ('standard' pass)

Past papers, mark schemes and examiners' reports are available on the website for you to download: https://qualifications.pearson.com/e...Exam-materials

Guide through the paper
General:
  • The topic shared between the texts in the exam will be relatable and won't be anything that is too specialised (you won't be seeing anything too political or anything littered with too much jargon).
  • Pay close attention to your grammar, spelling and organisation of your work in Section B, but don't worry about it much at all in Section A. Just focus on your writing style and analysis for the reading section.
  • There is good reason to skip the low-tariff questions. The marks for such questions are outweighed so greatly by the high-tariff questions that you really should use none of your precious time on them. It would be a waste. The questions I’m talking about are 1, 2, 4 and 5. You may wish to only answer these if you have time at the end.

Section A (reading section) - 56 marks total
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Question 1 (2 marks)
  • AO1 is assessed (the ability to identify explicit and implicit features in a text)
  • Simple detail spotting here. Spot the explicit details that are mentioned in the text.

Question 2 (2 marks)
Same procedure as question one.

Question 3 (15 marks)
  • AO2 is assessed (analysis of language and structure).
  • I would strongly advise you to write two paragraphs on language and two on structure.
  • Remember to analyse in detail and include the effect on the reader (by the way, avoid mentioning that it wants to 'make them read on').
  • You should probably focus on the beginning and the end of the excerpt, as these are crucial points for any writer to try and engage the reader and are probably littered with brilliant literary devices and structural features. However, the main body/middle section may else be brimming with features for you to explore!

Question 4 (1 mark)
  • AO1 is assessed (the ability to identify explicit and implicit features in a text).
  • Similar procedure as questions one and two, but you only have to look for one detail this time.

Question 5 (1 mark)
  • Same procedure as question four.

Question 6 (15 marks)
  • AO4 is assessed (the ability to evaluate texts).
  • This is practically a repeat of question four in the first paper, just with a more modern, non-fiction text.
  • It's almost always easier to agree with the statement. You do not have to disagree to any extent.
  • Avoid talking about language or structural features (remember, you're here to evaluate the theme or aspect of the text proposed by the statement). I think you would have had enough time to cover that in question three.
  • Discuss the setting, ideas, themes, events (this is actually in the mark-scheme). You may affectionately refer to this method of answering with the acronym SITE. When evaluating the text, I recommend expounding on these aspects. Does the scenery of the text affect the mood, or relate in any way to the statement? What ideas are the characters based on that may link with the statement? Is there a certain theme prevalent throughout the text that feeds into the statement, or is there a crucial event that highlights what the statement is suggesting?
  • Always eulogise the writer at the beginning of each of your paragraphs and briefly explain the element of SITE you are using before you expound on it. Vary the vocabulary in your praise to avoid making each paragraph beginning banal and irritating to the examiner (e.g. exemplary notion, excellent idea, exceptional, ingenious implementation, brilliant, impressive inclusion, cleverly crafted etc.).
  • Aim for about three-four paragraphs. You can still gain full marks with three paragraphs. but they require a great degree of depth to them. I always used three detailed paragraphs and omitted the element of SITE that I didn't feel was relevant to the question (usually the 'setting' element).

Question 7 (20 marks)
  • AOs 1 (the ability to synthesise information) and 3 (the ability to compare and contrast writers' ideas and perspectives between texts) are assessed. AO1 in part (a), and AO3 in part (b).
  • This question is separated into two parts, part (a) and part (b).
  • It tests you on the whole of both excerpts.
  • It is a demanding question.
  • For part (a), you should only attempt three paragraphs. This part of the question asks you to synthesise the excerpts. It is only worth six marks, so don't spend too much time on it. Within each paragraph, find one similarity between the two texts share, find supporting evidence that corroborates your point, and then explain how they are similar.
  • For part (b), you should attempt to write four paragraphs with a good degree of depth. You will be asked to compare and contrast the language and structure of the excerpts on a particular topic the two excerpts have in common. Do this in detail and once again use your close-reading analysis. You want to compare the effects of the writer's language and structure, along with a comparison of the effects on the reader. Do not analyse and compare the texts in separate paragraphs, you are capped at low marks for this. Do not use any similarities from part (a) unless you are desperate, the examiners aren't very fond of this.

Section B (writing section) - 40 marks total
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Question 8/9 (40 marks)
  • AOs 5 (the quality of your content and its logic) and 6 (your technical accuracy/written communication, which involves spelling, grammar, punctuation for effect and organisation of your work). AO5 is worth 60% (24 marks) and AO6 is worth 40% (16 marks).
  • You chose one question from a choice of two.
  • You should have been taught how to write transactionally and your style of writing will be influenced by the form and audience.
  • You can be asked to write either one of these forms: a letter, a news article, a magazine article, excerpt from a textbook or leaflet, a speech, a review, a blog, an obituary, a curriculum vitae or an essay. If you want any tips for any of the forms, just PM me!


(If any of you need any help, just PM me! I scored 96/96 on this paper last year.)
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I genuinely thought that paper 1 was quite hard this year and I managed to even lose 15marks due to the fact that I didn't even start it which is such a bid downfall however on the 7th of June I'm sitting the exam for paper 2 is there any chance how I could get the full 96 marks just like that because paper 2 is actually quite more harder.
There's a chance. It's incredibly exiguous, but it's there..

I'm not sure how you can do it though.
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I ran out of time for paper 1. This will most likely lead me to running out of time for paper 2. What can I do?
I'm looking to get a 6
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Also is it me or was the extract very hard to get your head around compared to the extract in the june 2018 paper?
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I ran out of time for paper 1. This will most likely lead me to running out of time for paper 2. What can I do?
I'm looking to get a 6
Keep a better eye in the time! This is just exam technique!
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Also is it me or was the extract very hard to get your head around compared to the extract in the june 2018 paper?
Many students that I have spoken to seemed to have loved it lol.
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