CiGCSE Mock Exam Paper

Attached below is the June mock exam paper which you can use for revision:

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CIE mark scheme extended

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Revision Guides

Miss Kristy has kindly produced the attached revision guides to help you with the Language Paper.

Revision F – Foundation Language Paper

Revision H – Higher Language Paper

I will be providing printed colour copies of these ASAP.

Exam Times

Below is the list of the AQA iGCSE exams:

18th May 2015 9am -10.30am:  Literature Paper 1 – Unseen Poetry and Romeo and Juliet

22nd May 2015 9am – 10am:  Literature Paper 2 – I’m the King of the Castle and Lord of the Flies

2nd June 2015 9am – 11am: Language Paper 1

5th June 2015 9am – 11am: Language Paper 2

Form, Audience, Purpose, Style

Form, audience, purpose and style:

With each piece of writing you will be tested on your understanding of form, audience, purpose and style, so you need to be clear about the kind of writing you are aiming for – who exactly are you writing for and what you are trying to tell them?


When it comes to the writing tasks in the exam, your first step is to clearly identify:

  • the form – what type of text should you be writing, eg a magazine article
  • the audience who will be reading your text, eg teenagers
  • the purpose of your text, eg to convince people to do more sport
  • your chosen writing style, eg informal

Read the BBC Bitesize Article of Form (they call it Genre but it’s the same thing), Audience Purpose and Style and how to show you have acknowledged the form.

Non-Fiction Creative Writing

Below is the suggested structure I shared with you in class for using when writing to argue, persuade or discuss.

  • Title – hints at your point of view
  • Personal anecdote / focus on one example
  • State argument clearly
  • Developed reason #1
  • Developed reason #2
  • Conclusion – referring back to beginning story

Remember to always take note of which FORM you are being asked to write.

Good Luck!

Good luck in your mock exams and especially in your English exams tomorrow and Friday!

Remember the key points:

  • Is the question asking you to look at content or the method used by the writer?
  • Try to link points together.
  • Use quotations to support your ideas.
  • Content questions are asking you to make inferences and interpretations about the text – show you understand by saying what the text is suggesting.
  • Method questions are looking at how the writer has achieved an effect – ask yourself ‘Why has the writer used this particular word or phrase?’
  • On the writing section, remember all our work on Super Learning Day and PLAN!
  • Remember to only answer ONE writing question.
  • Stay calm and write as much as you can!!

See you on Wednesday!

Language Features – Method

When you are looking at how the writer has written something (the ‘method’), you need to look for things in the writing which create a particular effect (make the reader think or feel something). Below is a list of different language features you might see but you MUST comment on the effect of these things. You don’t get any points for JUST spotting them in the writing.

  • Narrative voice (1st Person ‘I’ or 3rd Person ‘He/She’)
  • Verb tense
  • Emotive language vs. Informative language
  • Contrasts
  • Evocative / vivid description
  • Rhyme
  • Rule of three
  • Metaphors / Similes / Personification / Onomatopoeia
  • Alliteration
  • Lists
  • Statistics and / or facts
  • Connotations
  • Anecdotes
  • Imagery
  • Repetition or circular structure
  • Direct speech
  • Quotations used
  • Direct address

Christmas Home Learning

I know you need time to relax and enjoy the festive period but please make sure cover the following while you are off:

1) Revise for your mock exam;

2) Complete the Doddle tasks assigned (old task on poetry and a new one on comma

3) Plan your speech: either learn your existing speech (monument for Trafalgar Square) or plan a new one entitled ‘Why I love…’. You need to be able to talk without reading it.

Have a great holiday.


Content vs Method

The questions on the Language exams fall roughly into two categories: content and method.


Content questions are those that deal with WHAT the source is saying and suggesting. These questions will be phrased in different ways but some examples are: ‘What do we learn…?’; ‘What does Source X suggest about…?’; ‘What are we told…?’; ‘List 3 details…’.

For these sorts of questions, you need to show you understand the content of the source by picking quotations and then making inferences or interpretations about them WHICH ANSWER THE QUESTION. Get full marks by identifying a pattern (similar things) or by noting the cumulative effect of all the points you are making by making an overall statement about what these things tell you about the source.

Your answers should include phrases like:
this žquotation…

emphasises …
žunderlines …
žhighlights …
žtells us …
žgives the reader the impression…
makes the reader feel / think…


Method questions are those that deal with HOW the writer achieves a particular effect or HOW the writer has written something. These questions might be phrased ‘How does the writer make you..?; ‘Explain how the writer…’; ‘What impression do you get…’; ‘Explain the writer’s feelings about…’.

For these sorts of questions, you need to be understanding HOW the writer has written the source by identifying particular techniques and what the effect of these techniques are. It is NOT necessary to name the technique used. You MUST say how it makes the reader feel / affects the piece of writing.

In these questions, ask yourself: what impression do I get? Why do I get it? It will be the specific language choice of the writer that is making that impression on you. Good things to look for are powerful adjectives, metaphors, similes, alliteration, rhetorical questions, direct address, facts/statistics etc.