Summer Exam Revision

Exams

In English, you will sit two exams. See below for the structure and content you can expect:

YEAR 6

Paper 1 – Reading Paper - 1 hour

This paper includes an extract from a novel and a range of questions to be answered. The questions are worth different amounts of marks so check carefully to ensure you know how detailed to make your answer. The skills the exam will test are:

  • Basic understanding
  • Inference and deduction (reading between the lines)
  • Understanding of character
  • Investigation of vocabulary use i.e. why an author has chosen a certain word or phrase
  • Context use; how the time and location of a text can affect meaning
  • Analysis of authorial techniques e.g. metaphor, simile, flashback, punctuation use

Paper 2 – Writing Paper - 1 hour

This paper includes a range of tasks, from which you should choose one. The tasks will include fiction (story writing) options. Note that ‘essay’ just means a piece of writing so you can respond to broad titles in any way you choose. For example, if you had the essay title ‘water’ you could write a story about flooding, a shark attack, a drought etc. or you could write in a different format such as a letter or diary entry. There will also be non-fiction option where you can debate a topic, as well as the chance to respond to a picture. Think carefully about which task gives you the opportunity to impress the examiner the most.

YEAR 7 and 8

Paper 1 - 1 hour 15 minutes

This paper includes an extract from a novel and some comprehension questions. The best answers will use the text to support ideas and ensure questions with higher marks are answered in-depth. The paper also includes a choice of writing tasks; these will include a number of non-fiction tasks and give you a chance to show your discursive-essay-writing ability. Time must be managed carefully as the comprehension and writing must be completed within the allotted time.

Paper 2 - 1 hour 15 minutes

This paper has a poem and a range of comprehension and analysis questions. The best answers will use the poem closely and analyse poetic techniques. The paper also includes a range of writing tasks; these are imaginative writing tasks and will give you an opportunity to write a description or story and show your creative writing ability. Time must be managed carefully as the comprehension and writing must be completed within the allotted time.

The paper in Year 8 follows the same format but is more challenging than the paper in Year 7. See the paper attached in ‘Exams for Year 7 and 8 Easter Holidays’ to see the layout of the paper you will be sitting.