English Language Higher Tier Exam

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Question 1: Retrieving information

What we learn from the text regarding....?

  • Worth 8 marks, spend 10-12 minutes answering this question. 
  • Make 6 points and use quotes from the whole text to support your point, always link points back to the question.
  • Re-word quotations to show you understand the text.
  • Make perceptive interpretations and look for subtle points- don't just state the obvious.
  • Consider other angles to the text eg. contradictions
  • DO NOT ANALYSE LANGUAGE AND THE EFFECT OF LINGUISTIC FEATURES. 
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Question 2: Analyse and Link Presentation

What are the effects of the headline and image, and how do they link in with the text?

  • Worth 8 marks, spend 10-12 minutes on this question
  • Make 6 points. ( POINT, EVIDENCE, EXPLAIN, LINK (to question))
  • Analyse language used in the heading and subheading, explain how it links in with the text, analyse the effect it has and explain the writer's ideas.
  • Make a detailed reading of the picture, find subtleties that link with the text, analyse their effect and discuss why the image has been used. 
  • Look for alternative interpretations. 
  • Make direct references eg. quotations or presentational features.
  • Select details that are relevent.
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Question 3: Inference

Explain the writer's thoughts and feelings.

  • Worth 8 marks, spend 12 minutes on this question. 
  • Make 6 points and explain. ( POINT, EVIDENCE EXPLAIN, LINK). Use quotations from the entire text. 
  • Interpret meaning of language, structure and grammer and explain how it shows the writer's feelings. 
  • Find subtle details that can show an emotion and read between the lines- don't just state the obvious. 
  • DO NOT INCLUDE EFFECTS OF LINGUISTIC FEATURES. 
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Question 4: Compare Language

Compare the way language is used for effect in two texts. 

  • Worth 16 marks, spend 24 minutes on this question.
  • Make 8 points using quotations to support your idea. ( POINT, EVIDENCE, EXPLAIN)
  • Analyse language, the use of linguistic features and their effect.
  • Compare how devices are used similarly or differently.
  • Explain how purpose can effect language.
  • Make cross references
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