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Marzie9959
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Hi, I am in S3 after summer but at school all they talk about is how we need to prepare for taking Nat 5s next year. I am confident in all other subjects I am planning on taking next year apart from english. I am confident about the questions but I am worried about having to write the critical essay as I am a slow writer (in my opinion) and I dont qualify for extra time or anything like that. I know you might think it it too early for me to be asking things like this but it is just because I am curious and our school is being really annoying by pestering us about exams.
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You’ll be grand if you just practice your essay writing in timed conditions when you’re revising. Make sure you know all your quotes and themes to save time in the exam.
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At your stage I was terrified out of my mind about the English exam. I can tell you know that it will all workout fine.I am also a slow writer which is why I just continually practiced doing my essays under timed conditions. This worked out perfectly in the exam as it will do for you I am sure.

Good luck!
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Thank you 🙂
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Yep when I was in S3 i didn't think I would be able to write under the conditions but honestly you will practice so much throughout the year, and the SQA know that you have not a lot of time so they mark possibly more leniently than your folio pieces. Though I'm still sure that I've failed, guess we will wait and see. But if you have a natural ability to write essays well then it shouldn't be too much work until nearer exam times, and if you actually learn your quotes while you get them it will make things 10 times easier. That's what I'm planning on doing for higher this year, if I pass. And the fact that you are thinking about school during the holidays shows that you probably will work hard enough throughout the year.
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And by the end of the year I found the Scottish text the easiest and it only took me about 25mins in the exam so I had a full hour for the essay.
If you are doing poems from either Norman McCaig or Carol Ann Duffy, those (in my opinion) are probably the easiest to understand and the questions were like RUAE but easier because you knew what the poem was about.
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Thank you so much for your replies
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In my opinion, it was probably the easiest exam I'll ever do.

The majority of my peers and friends got A's, even people who weren't so strong at English.
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