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!
Tips before you attempt the questions:
- It is always best to spend 2-3 minutes reading the paper carefully and select which question you can score highest on.
- Scribble down information to help you on the question paper (your the one doing the exam so scribble away).
- Keep calm throughout. I know that 1:30 hours seems very little when you have to complete a 32 point question so just take time to think your answer through before writing anything down on your answer booklet.
- TIMING IS KEY, you must time your questions to prevent a mad rush towards the end of the time limit. Spending 20 minutes on a 4 mark question is just crazy! so before the exam it is always a good idea to do past paper exams to help prepare you for the real thing. Allocate appropriate timings for each question (as they say a mark a minute is the way forward). ENSURE that you can see a clock at all times (or bring a watch/stopwatch from home).
The First question on any Source based exam paper (I am doing WJEC European History) will be a simple 4 mark question that will usually be a definition type question.
A) Study Source A. Use Source A
and your own knowledge to explain the meaning of the word ‘indulgences (4)
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 this question (use a watch or clock to time).
First one down, hopefully you have gained the 4 easy points. OK now onto question B this one is worth 8 (in WJEC spec anyways),
B) Study Sources A and B. Use Sources A and B and your own knowledge to explain the importance of the practices encouraged by the Catholic Church in the early sixteenth century (8)
Technique for answering the question:
- First you must evaluate the content of source A (what does it say?).
- Next you must state it's attribution(who wrote it, date, type of source etc).
- Answer the question by using source A and knowledgerelating to the source.
- Repeat the process for source B, this time create links with source A.
- REMEMBER use names, dates, facts (to get the high marks).
- Be precise and detailed. DO NOT waffle on and talk about non related topics.
- This is a 8 point question so state 8-10…