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Exam Dates 2017

Date Time Length Location Paper
16/05/2017 9:30am 1 Hour Space Biology
19/05/2017 9.30am 45 mins Hall/Space English Reading L1
19/05/2017 9.30am 1 hour Hall/Space English Reading L2
19/05/2017 1.00pm 45 mins Hall/Space English Writing L1
19/05/2017 1.00pm 1 hour Hall/Space English Writing L2
19/05/2017 2:10pm 45 mins Space PE
25/05/2017 9.30am 1 hr 30 mins Space Maths GCSE
08/06/2017 9.30am 1 hr 30 mins Space Maths GCSE
09/06/2017 9.30am 1 hour Space Biology
09/06/2017 11.00am 1 hour Space Biology
13/06/2017 9:30am 1hr 30 mins Space Maths GCSE


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Answering Examination Questions

  • Read all the instructions carefully and make sure you know exactly which questions and how many are to be answered.
  • Scan all questions.
  • Mark the questions you could answer.
  • Read them carefully and identify the COMMAND WORDS and KEY WORDS.
  • Choose the correct number of questions to answer.
  • Decide on the order you intend to answer them, attempting those that you feel are your best answers first.
  • Divide up your time.
  • Plan your answer making sure you stick to the point of the question.
  • Write your answer, checking frequently with your plan.
  • Check the marks allocated, this guides you how many points the examiner is expecting you to make.
  • Check your answer on completion, looking out for mistakes and finally put a line through your rough work.

COMMAND WORDS

Careful and accurate interpretation of the words used in questions is essential since they tell you exactly what is required in your answer.

Account for – give reasons for.

Analyse – identify the components parts.

Assess – how important or successful is?

Clarify – simplify and make clear.

Comment on – make remarks about; give a point of view; how true is it?

Consider – take into account; weigh up the advantages and disadvantages

Criticise – use evidence to support your opinion/judgement of.

Define – give the meaning of.

Demonstrate – show how, prove with examples.

Describe – write in detail about the characteristics of.

Differentiate – explain the difference between.

Discuss – write about the important aspects of the topic.  Consider the arguments for and against.

Distinguish – explain the differences between.

Evaluate – judge the importance or success of.

Examine – investigate, inquire into.

Explain – make clear and give reasons for.

How far – present and evaluate evidence for and against.

Illustrate – give examples which make the point clear.

Interpret – explain in your own words.

Justify – give reasons to support an argument or action.

Outline – indicate the most important aspects of ? ignoring minor details.

Relate – show the connection between things.

State – write briefly the main points of.

Summarise – bring together the main points.

To what extent – how true is it to say that?

Trace – show how something has developed from beginning to end.

Translate – write in a different form or language.

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