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AS History (Source based question paper exam
technique)

AS level History Exam Technique

A standard AS History Exam paper will contain a cover page (containing the information
about the exam in general). This is then followed by 2 questions, you will only need
to do ONE of the two questions!…

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Technique for answering this question:

· First define the word.
· Next use a brief explanation (use the source) to tie it into your syllabus.
· REMEMBER this question is only worth 4 marks so you only need to state 4 points.
· You should only spend 5 minutes on…

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· Next evaluate the origin of the source (where it comes from/who wrote it).
· Then evaluate the purpose of the source (why was it formed).
· Finally evaluate the reliability of the source (can you trust it? remember all sources
are reliable but in different ways. Include Bias!).
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· Your timing for this question should be around 20-25 minutes max!



Finaly we come to our most challenging question on the paper, question E. This
question is worth generally around 32 marks. This question is designed to test
your skills as a historian (anylitical, knowledge and judgement). The timing…

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