No matter what you intend to do as a career; English is one of the most important subjects on the curriculum. Many colleges and universities look at how a student commands English in particular, as a great result in this subject gives a clear indication of the use of language basics. We understand how easy it is to let exam nerves take over, but with these top tips you can put that stress aside and pass your English exam with flying colours!
When taking any exam, it is important to pay attention to detail and this fact is even more apparent when it comes to sitting a GSCE English Language paper. Take extra time to read through each question and any supporting information carefully and underline the keywords in the question and text that will assist you in answering it clearly and concisely. This is a skill that you can use in other subjects too!
It’s all too easy to lose focus, especially with the stress of taking an exam, so if mid-way through answering the question you lose track, take some time to re-read the question. You’ll find that this time is well-spent, especially if you have an objective answer waiting for the examiner. Revisit the question after you have answered as well, to ensure you have covered all the points you have highlighted.
Remember to P.E.E!
This is one tip I give to all students and better yet it’s pretty unforgettable! This little abbreviation stands for Point, Evidence and Explain, which is the key to exam success especially when sitting an English paper. When answering every question, make sure you make a valid Point, back this point up with Evidence and Explain exactly how this evidence supports the point.
Allocate Your Time Wisely
Exams are always subject to time restraints but allocating your time wisely is the key to giving each exam question the justice it deserves. At the start of the exam, quickly flick through the paper to see how much each question is worth. Allocate more time to answering questions that are worth more as examiners will be expecting more detailed and particularly complex answers for these.
Don’t Forget the Basics
With so much emphasis on answering each exam question clearly and concisely, even the best students can forget the basics. Take care to use good spelling, grammar and punctuation; this will pay dividends to your final mark, whilst poor spelling and grammar will certainly lead to an equally poor mark!
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