Exam Techniques For GCSE English

Exam Techniques-Approaching the GCSE English exam it is important to be certain you understand exactly what you have to do. Exams are usually 2 hours long; do you qualify for extra time?  This is usually 25% so you may be in the exam room for 150 minutes!

Practising past papers is very important so you get used to how much you can write in the time allocated.  You will also find out the best way of planning your answers: for a lot of students, in essay style questions, the best advice is firstly to draw up a spider diagram of ideas and then make the best ideas into a short bullet point list.  It is likely that each idea will be a separate paragraph.  Have you included detail and examples?  This is what makes the difference between a C grade and an A* often.

In reading questions it is a good idea to take in different coloured highlighters. Make the exam paper your own; highlight different parts of the text in different colours depending on the questions asked. Make sure you make the same number of points as there are marks allocated and don’t spend too long on a question with very few marks attached.

Finally, always keep an eye on the clock. Make sure that you leave time to proof read your exam paper for spelling, punctuation and grammar in those sections in which it is assessed.

Keep calm, do your best and it will soon be over!

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