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AQA GCSE Writing practice papers

The AQA English Language GCSE consists of two papers worth 50% each, both with a time-limit of one hour and 45 minutes. Paper 1 focuses on fiction, usually an extract from a novel or short story, and tests students' reading and creative-writing skills. Paper 2 asks students to summarise and compare two texts, one from the 19th century and another from the present day, and to produce some viewpoint writing. All texts used are unseen, which means students will likely not have encountered them before. There is also a compulsory speaking and listening component which is unweighted and internally assessed.

EdPlace’s GCSE exam-style questions and practice papers help your child hone their exam-technique and prepare them for anything the exam may throw at them.

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Our English Language Writing GCSE revision resources and practice papers are designed to help your child become their best future self by giving them the tools they need to succeed in their GCSEs. All exam-style questions and practice papers are tailored to exam boards and cover all topics in AQA, Edexcel, OCR, Eduqasspecifications; 

  • Producing clear and coherent text: writing to describe

  • Producing clear and coherent text: writing to narrate

  • Producing clear and coherent text: writing to explain

  • Producing clear and coherent text: writing to instruct

  • Producing clear and coherent text: writing to give and respond to information

  • Producing clear and coherent text: writing to argue

  • Producing clear and coherent text: selecting vocabulary, grammar, form, and structural and organisational features to reflect audience, purpose and context

  • Producing clear and coherent text: using language imaginatively and creatively

  • Producing clear and coherent text: using information provided by others to write in different forms

  • Producing clear and coherent text: maintaining a consistent point of view

  • Producing clear and coherent text: maintaining coherence and consistency across a text

  • Writing for impact: selecting, organising and emphasising facts, ideas and key points

  • Writing for impact: citing evidence and quotation effectively and pertinently to support views

  • Writing for impact: creating emotional impact

  • Writing for impact: using language creatively, imaginatively and persuasively, including rhetorical devices (such as rhetorical questions, antithesis, parenthesis)


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