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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.


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.