How to get A* in German AQA GCSE Controlled Assessment

this is for the speaking and writing.


Preparation for both


1. Try to write nine or ten complex sentences. Complex sentences will be layed out so you will mostly have a statement, followed by an opinion, followed by a reason or something of the kind:
Ich bin in der Stadt. Es ist spannend. Es gibt regen. (I go to town. It is fun. It is raining.)

This: Ich gehe in der Stadt mit meinen freunden, und es ist spannend, aber gibt es regen.
(I go to town with my friends, and it is fun, but it is raining.)

2. For some, the best way to learn your paragraphs is to repeatedly write them down (best to handwrite them). For others, maybe record you saying them and then listen to them as much as you can.

3. Of course, get a teacher to mark them to make sure that everything's right. Do NOT use Google translate or other basic translation software, because they translate it word for word and don't use grammar rules.

4. Basically, ask your teacher how you can improve and how to get an A* in it.

5. Both should add up to between 400 and 600 words. It doesn't matter much if you go over, I've written over 700 words altogether.

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1. Say your paragraphs as often as you can to as many different people as you can. That way you can begin to get used to what it will be like and feel more confident about it.

2. Try not to be embarrassed, but try to be German. You should say it with as much of a German accent as you can-that can pull you up many marks even when you stumble. Milk it.

3. Pronounce everything right and clearly- this is where you can use Google Translate. It has a tool where it can say what you have typed in. It might sound slightly disjointed but the pronounciation of each word is correct. If you record yourself saying it, make sure if you listen back on it that you understand each word you've said easily.

4. Try to be able to say it without your key words, just so you know it extra well.
5. If you have 'surprise' questions to answer, prepare a long, complex sentence for all the possible questions, and using your knowlege of grammar rules try to make sure it's accurate.
6. Make sure your assessment is between four and six minutes long, too.

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1. It's been said in the first card, but for this you really should try repeatedly writing your answers as much as possible-that helps you remember it much better than just reading or saying it. And you get the spelling, umlauts and everything right.

2. When you do a sort of mini test, hightlight your mistakes and make a note at the top of the page to remember them or something, or if it's an entire sentence, write out that sentence maybe five times.

3. Try to write your assessment up to 400 words long.

4. Try to be able to write them without your key words-you don't want to rely on them too much.

Good Luck!

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Amazing advice, but I have just finished my Controlled Assessment.



The example sentence in German is incorrect: "Ich gehe in der Stadt mit meinen freunden, und es ist spannend, aber gibt es regen."

Correct would be:

Ich gehe mit meinen Freunden in die Stadt und es macht Spaß, aber es regnet.

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