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Last Minute English Language Exam Cramming

As we know, the Reading section is tricky! Most of you will have completed the past papers, so here are some texts that you can use to create your own reading questions. You should be able to guess which texts fit which question best! Of course, practising comparing texts is essential for that question 4 – worth a huge 16 marks.

Here are the three texts you can use for last minute prep – annotate/highlight and PEE analyse. Devise some questions and time yourself undertaking some answers. Remember: Higher – 1s) Information retreival 2) Linking language and presentational devices 3) Language used to convey feelings 4) Comparison of Language.

Source 1. Eng Lang Climate change article

Source 2. Bear Grylls fake article

Source 3. Eng Lang Adventure text

Mr M has helpfully provided a couple of Writing section questions to tackle tonight – give them a go to hone your skills:

Write a brief article for a website of your choice telling your readers about an interesting
or unusual place you have visited. Explain why it was memorable.
(16 marks)

Your school or college is inviting entries for a writing competition. The topic is
“Too many tests, examinations and assessments are ruining young people’s lives and don’t add to their education’
Write your entry arguing for or against this view. (24 marks)


A Late Xmas Present! The June 2012 Higher Paper!

Please find below images from the Higher paper from June 2012. It was requested by one of our industrious and more observant students – are you dining enough revision to keep up? even if you are doing the Foundation paper the red texts can be analysed and you could answer the Writing section answers.

Reading Texts:




Reading Questions:





Writing Section Questions:



How about submitting your answers – it can be anonymous – for other students or your teachers to review and receive feedback on. Remember, if you want to comment and give feedback you must be constructive, specific and kind!

Reading material – Looking for Section A style articles? Look no further

Look at these linked articles and practise your reading skills as part of your revision – can you scan the text for purpose and audience? Can you skim the text for key information? Can you do a PALT analysis (remember: Purpose, Audience, Language and Tone)?

1. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/9774109/Working-mothers-only-break-even-on-childcare-costs-after-four-months.html

2. http://www.adn.com/2012/12/31/2739314/shell-drilling-rig-is-adrift-again.html

3. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/02/world/africa/stampede-at-new-years-celebration-kills-dozens-in-ivory-coast.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0

Remember to think which type of question the article would be suitable for – remind yourself of the question types and even make your own questions based on these texts and time yourself with a written answer (try ten minutes as a time limit to really test yourself).

Happy reading, well maybe not, they aren’t very happy articles, but they are useful.


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