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Is anyone planning on taking Persian a level next year? If anyone has taken te exam, can you please give some tips on how the a-level works and how much Persian I should know. Do I need to know anyone high frequency words or is it similar to the GCSE?

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Is anyone planning on taking Persian a level next year? If anyone has taken te exam, can you please give some tips on how the a-level works and how much Persian I should know. Do I need to know anyone high frequency words or is it similar to the GCSE?

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I did Persian a level around two years ago and it was similar to GCSEs.
The only difference I would say is that there are more essays and you have to write a greater amount of words. Also, the amount of time you speak will be greater.
Make sure to watch a lot of Iranian movies, that helped a lot for listening because sometimes they try to trick you out, just like any other exam.
However, if you speak fluent Farsi at home then honestly I don't think you will find it that hard. - just make sure to practice during the weekends and you'll be fine.
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Thank you so much for your helpful advice
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Is anyone planning on taking Persian a level next year? If anyone has taken te exam, can you please give some tips on how the a-level works and how much Persian I should know. Do I need to know anyone high frequency words or is it similar to the GCSE?

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It is quite a step up from the GCSE, even for candidates with community language fluency. Take a look at the A-level specification --- https://qualifications.pearson.com/c...cification.pdf.

This sets out precisely how you will be assessed, as well as the topics and grammar you need to cover. Do you have a tutor who can help you prepare? Remember, you will also need to study either 2 books, or 1 book and 1 film.

This is the list from the Edexcel specification:
Literary texts
• عادت میکنیم، زویا پیرزاد، 2004 novel
• خانوادهی نیک اختر، ایرج پزشکزاد، 2001 play
• کارت پُ ستال، روح انگیز شریفیان، 2008 novel
Films
• جدایی سیمین از نادر، اصغر فرھادی، 2011
• آفساید، جعفر پناھی، 2006
• 2009 سوپراستار، تھمینھ میلانی،


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Persian used to be offered by OCR but, with the A level reforms, they decided not to offer A level languages (not even French) and Pearson Edexcel took Persian on. If you took GCSE Persian with OCR, be prepared for some changes in approach with Edexcel.

A link to the spec has already been posted, but there may be other useful info on Edexcel's other pages
https://qualifications.pearson.com/e...sian-2018.html
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