Who's taking the English Language exam on May 29th?

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Were supposed to be taking the exam this year but atm im certain im gonna fail :/

anyone have any advice?

Posted Mon 9th April, 2012 @ 17:44 by clinpsych

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here are structure and timing tips?

Section A (1 hour 15 minutes):

  • Spend about 15 minutes reading and annotating the texts-seriously, people who don't annotate get worse mark, because annotating=planning.
  • Question 1-pick out about 8 pieces of information or something- 12 minutes.
  • Question 2-pick out presentation devices, explain how the headline is effective- 12 minutes.
  • Question 3-you pick something out and sort of analyse it.- 12 minutes.
  • Question 4- you compare the 2 texts and analyse each text-so perhaps one is more positive and the other is more negative- 24 minutes.

Section B (1 hour):

  • Question 5- the question will ALWAYS be inform, explain and/or describe. If it says inform you basically have to state some facts or something- 25 minutes.
  • Question 6: The questiong will ALWAYS be argue, persuade and/or advise. This means you are trying to convince someone about one side. On argue and perhaps advise, you have to consider the other side of the arguement and be more rational but on persuade you overexaggerate, anything. 35 minutes.
Answered Sat 26th May, 2012 @ 21:13 by EstherTheBunny
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I took the exam in January and got an A, i'm retaking now as i need a few more marks for my overall grade. I found that analysing newspaper articles from the Guardian and Independent is a good way to revise as articles from these two newspapers are frequently used.

Practise creative writing by using some practise questions from BBC Bitesize and pasts papers.

Learning persuasive devices and presentational techniques helps but make sure you know what effect they have.

Hope this helps and Good Luck!

Answered Tue 10th April, 2012 @ 14:28 by Shivani Kotecha
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Do u have any resources I could use?

Answered Tue 10th April, 2012 @ 15:30 by clinpsych
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I have some practise questions i got given from school? I'll upload them now :)

Answered Tue 10th April, 2012 @ 15:50 by Shivani Kotecha
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I have this exam but have been told nothing as to what we have to revise? If you have a list of things to revise and what on these then that would be really great. 


Answered Sat 14th April, 2012 @ 12:17 by Chloe-may
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Are you allowed to annotate the exam insert?

Answered Sun 27th May, 2012 @ 16:36 by furuba fan
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I literally just uploaded these two resources. They're last minute notes on how to answer the english paper and is very very useful!!! The videos are made by an English teacher so he knows all about it! I hope it helps you a bit! 

Answered Sun 27th May, 2012 @ 16:40 by furuba fan
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ME! im finding it so hard to revise :/

Answered Sun 27th May, 2012 @ 18:34 by aliceturner
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There are 2 sections in this exam Section A & Section B. Section A you should spend 1 hour & 15 minutes. Whereas in Section B you should only spend 1 hour on it. 

Section A (4 questions)

.Information Retrieval-15 minutes

. Presentation-15 minutes

.Inference-15 minutes

.Language & Comparison-30 minutes 

Section B (2 questions)

Short question-25 minutes

Longer question-35 minutes 

Revision Tips- Information Retrieval literally means Just getting the information as it is & not analyzing it in any way

For Presentation look out for things such as font,pictures,statistics etc.DON'T read what's on the page, literally just do what they've asked you to

For Inference it's more about 'reading between the lines' & seeing if there's a hidden meaning behind it

For the language & Comparison they'll give you a named article & toy must compare what it's like to another article 

Make sure you do plans for Section B, it'll help you organize your work & it'll give a good impression of you to the examiner 

I've also done a powerpoint presentation with lots of tips & questions


Good Luck with your exam & let me know if you need anything else :D 

Answered Mon 28th May, 2012 @ 18:02 by Beanie96