What is in the GCSE English Literature exam?

The first exam assesses the modern prose or drama text and the 19th century novel. This exam makes up 50% of the GCSE. The second exam assesses the poetry and the Shakespeare play and makes up the other 50% of the GCSE. In each exam, learners will respond to essay style questions.

How do I prepare for GCSE English Literature exam?

How to revise for English Literature: a 7-step guide for GCSE and…

  1. Remind yourself what you will marked on.
  2. Refresh your memory with study guides.
  3. Organise your notes.
  4. Re-read the texts.
  5. Discuss your ideas.
  6. Practice past papers.
  7. Review your notes.

What is on the AQA English Literature Paper 2?

Paper 2 (compulsory) Students answer two compulsory questions on unseen poetry. Students answer one question on one unseen poem. 24 marks (AO1, AO2) + 4 marks (AO4).

How many paragraphs is a 30 mark question?

The main body of the essay should be around 3 or 4 paragraphs for a 20 marker and 4 or 5 paragraphs in length for a 30 marker, meaning that there should be 4 or 5 points that come from both the item that you have been given as well as your own knowledge.

How many marks is AQA English literature?

Assessment weightings

Component Maximum raw mark Maximum scaled mark
Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel 64 64
Modern texts and poetry 96 96

What are the 5 AOS?

AO2: Analyse ways in which meanings are shaped in literary texts. AO3: Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received. AO4: Explore connections across literary texts. AO5: Explore literary texts informed by different interpretations.

How do you plan a 30 mark question in English literature?

When structuring a 30 mark question, prepare for the question to sometimes be split in to two main sections. For example “Explain how aggressive male behaviour is shown in this extract” followed by “Explain how aggressive male behaviour is shown in this play as a whole”.

What are past papers for AQA English literature?

June 2017 AQA GCSE (9-1) English Literature (8702) Past Exam Papers June 2017: Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel (8702/1) Download Past Paper – Download Mark Scheme June 2017: Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry (8702/2) Download Past Paper – Download Mark Scheme.

What are the questions in modern literature GCSE?

Section A Modern texts: students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text. Section B Poetry: students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster.

Are there going to be changes to the English Literature exam?

Following Ofqual’s announcement about changes to assessment in summer 2021, here’s what you need to know for GCSE English Literature. Please note these changes only apply to assessments taken in summer 2021. We have re-structured our exam papers for 2021 to allow options. All students will be assessed on a play by Shakespeare.

What are the optional question papers for AQA?

Paper 1 contains the optional components (poetry anthology, 19th-century novel and modern prose/drama). Students complete two of the optional question papers in two 50 minute sessions (with a break in-between under exam conditions). Each option will be provided as a separate question paper booklet with a separate answer booklet.