Reading Paper Techniques

I realise this isn't the best format, but I suggest you read through this before your Reading exam for 0522 and 0500.

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Reading Paper
The exam lasts for 2 hours, containing 3 questions, which is 40% of overall grade.
This is a directed writing question; use the information in the passage in your own answer. You
must show the examiner you have read and fully understood the text. Make sure you use
your own words and focus in answering the questions asked of you.
Write between 1 ½ and 2 sides ­ about 4 or 5 paragraphs. Spend 45 minutes on this question,
including 10 minutes for reading and understanding the text. The marks are predominantly
given for reading ­ 15 out of the 20 marks available so make sure you really show you
understand what you have read. The other 5 are for quality of writing.
To get in band 1, you must show a thorough reading of the passage, use a wide range of
ideas to show full understanding. There must be a strong sense of purpose and response, and
also sustained use of supporting detail and ideas in the passage. All 3 bullet points are fully
and equally covered.
To get in band 1 for writing, the response has character and sounds convincing, using a wide
range of effective and interesting language. There is good structure and sequence
First ­ read question and find the focus of the task- text type, audience and purpose. Second
­ make a brief note of these details. Third ­ Read accompanying bullet points to help you
focus your reading and highlight yellow, green, orange. Fourth ­ read passage and highlight
information which relate to a bullet point. Remember to read between the lines. The bullet
points generally increase in difficulty. Fifth ­ use highlighted information in your writing ­ aim
for 5 details from original text in each paragraph you write.

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This is a language analysis question; you are marked for your ability to select evocative words
and being able to explain how it is effective. You should pick specific words and relate to the
focus in the question. Make sure you explain the effect clearly and relate to the wider
context of the passage.
Write about 1 to 1 ½ sides ­ you have 30 minutes ­ 15 for each section. There are 10 marks
available for reading, and none for writing.…read more

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This is the summary question; provide a summary of relevant information. Methodically read
both passengers, focussing only on relevant information. You must identify 15 points relevant
to the question and present them in your own words, grouping the related point. You only
have to write 1 side. Spend the remaining 45 minutes on this question, as there are 20 marks
available ­ 15 for reading, 1 mark for each relevant point- and 5 for writing so vary your
sentences.…read more


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