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GCSE Practice Paper in the style of AQA English Language Paper 1

In this assessment, students will be able to complete a timed GCSE English Language Paper 1 in the style of AQA.

'GCSE Practice Paper in the style of AQA English Language Paper 1' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

GCSE Subjects:   English Language

GCSE Boards:   AQA

Curriculum topic:   GCSE Sample Practice Papers

Curriculum subtopic:   Paper 1

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

This is a practice GCSE English Language Paper 1 in the style of AQA.

 

In the GCSE examination, you may complete your answers in a written answer booklet or on a computer. You will be given a question paper and a separate reading insert. 

 

At EdPlace, you will be given both reading insert and the questions together. You will type your answers manually into the onscreen boxes and use the marking criteria to grade your answers afterwards.

 

The time is set for 1 hour and 45 minutes (105 minutes) but you can keep working once the timer has run out. You are advised to spend roughly one hour on Section A and forty-five minutes on Section B.

 

This paper has been created in the style of an AQA English Literature Exam.  

 

GCSE

ENGLISH LANGUAGE 

Paper 1 - Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

 

Time allowed: 1 hour and 45 minutes

 

Materials

For this paper you must have:

Source A - the reading insert

The question paper (questions 1-6)

 

Instructions

Answer all questions.

You must answer the questions in the spaces provided.

You must refer to the reading insert (Source A) provided.

You must not use a dictionary.

 

Information

The maximum marks for the questions are shown in brackets

The maximum mark for this paper is 80.

There are 40 marks for Section A and 40 marks for Section B.

You are reminded of the need for good English and clear presentation in your answers.

You will be assessed on the quality of your reading in Section A and your writing in Section B.

 

Advice

You are advised to spend about 15 minutes reading through the sources and all five questions you have to answer.

You should make sure you leave sufficient time to check your answers.

 

Disclaimer:

We have no affiliation to AQA and these questions represent our own unique content developed by EdPlace GCSE authors.

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READING INSERT

 

The source that follows is:

SOURCE A - 20th century fiction

 

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

 

An extract from a novel first published in 1900.

 

Read the extract below carefully before moving on to the next page. Leave the box at the bottom unchecked until you've finished the entire paper and checked your answers.

You should spend about fifteen minutes reading this section and looking through the questions that follow.

 

SOURCE A


 

I've completed all questions and checked my answers.

Question 2

 

Look in detail at this extract, from lines 13 to 21 of the source.

 

 

How does the writer use language here to describe the prairie?

You could include the writer's choice of words and phrases, language features and techniques, and sentence forms.

 

[8 marks]

Question 3

 

You now need to think about the whole of the source.

This text is from the beginning of a novel.

 

How has the writer structured the text to interest you as a reader?

 

You could write about what the writer focuses your attention on at the beginning of the source, how and why the writer changes this focus as the source develops and any other structural features that interest you.

 

[8 marks]

Question 4

 

Focus this part of your answer on the second part of the source, from lines 22 to the end.

 

 

A student said, 'The writer uses contrasts to show how Dorothy and Toto differ from the other characters.'

 

To what extent do you agree?

In your response, you could consider your impressions of Dorothy, Toto and the other characters, evaluate how the writer uses language techniques and sentence structures and support your response with references to the text.

 

[20 marks]


Section B

 

You are advised to spend about 45 minutes on this section. 

Write in full sentences.

You are reminded of the need to plan your answer.

You should leave enough time to check your work at the end.


 

Question 5

 

Your local newspaper is running a creative writing competition. The entries will be judged local readers of your age and winners will be published in an anthology.

 

Either

 

Describe a chaotic situation as suggested by this picture:

 

 

or

 

Write a story about people who have to hide from something dangerous.

 

(24 marks for content and organisation

16 marks for technical accuracy)

[40 marks]

 

This question is marked across two skill areas – Content and Organisation (24 marks) and Technical Accuracy (16 marks). A total mark for this question should be determined by adding together the score for both (total – 40 marks).

 

SECTION A: Reading

Answer all questions in this section (1 - 4). You are advised to spend about 45 minutes on this section.


 

Question 1

Read again the first part of Source A, from lines 1 to 9.

 

 

List four things we learn about the house from this part of the source.

 

[4 marks]

  • Question 1

READING INSERT

 

The source that follows is:

SOURCE A - 20th century fiction

 

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

 

An extract from a novel first published in 1900.

 

Read the extract below carefully before moving on to the next page. Leave the box at the bottom unchecked until you've finished the entire paper and checked your answers.

You should spend about fifteen minutes reading this section and looking through the questions that follow.

 

SOURCE A


 

CORRECT ANSWER
I've completed all questions and checked my answers.
EDDIE SAYS
Well done. You've now completed the GCSE Language Paper 1 in the style of AQA. .
  • Question 2

Question 2

 

Look in detail at this extract, from lines 13 to 21 of the source.

 

 

How does the writer use language here to describe the prairie?

You could include the writer's choice of words and phrases, language features and techniques, and sentence forms.

 

[8 marks]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Here, you need to focus on the language techniques that the writer uses. You should use a paragraph structure that includes a Point (where identify a language technique used in the writing), Evidence (a quotation from the text to back up your Point) and Analysis (a description of the effect created by this technique). To gain higher marks, you should aim to explain your answer in as much detail as you can and identify more complex language techniques. Here is an example of a paragraph that would get full marks (8): As this section of the text progresses, the author uses a range of techniques to build up an image of the prairie as a bleak and lonely place. Adjectives such as ‘dull’, ‘flat’ and ‘grey’ present the place as boring and stationary, implying that nothing lively or interesting happens there. The word ‘grey’ is repeated throughout this extract and further emphasised using other language techniques such as alliteration, as in the phrase ‘great grey prairie’. Presenting the prairie in this way encourages the reader to feel sorry for Dorothy and the other characters as their home is described very much like a grey prison cell.
  • Question 3

Question 3

 

You now need to think about the whole of the source.

This text is from the beginning of a novel.

 

How has the writer structured the text to interest you as a reader?

 

You could write about what the writer focuses your attention on at the beginning of the source, how and why the writer changes this focus as the source develops and any other structural features that interest you.

 

[8 marks]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Here, you need to focus on the structural techniques that the writer uses. You should use a paragraph structure that includes a Point (where you identify a structural technique used in the writing), Evidence (a quotation from the text to back up your Point) and Analysis (a description of the effect created by this technique). To gain higher marks, you should aim to explain your answer in as much detail as you can and identify more complex structural techniques. Here is an example of a paragraph that would've got full marks: After introducing us to the characters and the setting of the ‘great Kansas prairies’, the author focuses on presenting the family as poor. This immediately presents them as characters the reader should feel sorry for; this would interest the reader as they would feel more personally invested in what happens to them. Their house is described as ‘small’ and the author uses syndetic listing to tell the reader about the few contents of the house. It consisted of ‘four walls, a floor, and a roof, which made one room and this room contained a rusty-looking cooking stove, a cupboard for the dishes, a table, three or four chairs, and the beds’. Usually, a list is used to describe lots of different things however here it refers to literally everything the family own and therefore only emphasises how little they have. These kinds of descriptions at the very beginning interest the reader as they know that any kind of destruction (especially one like a storm) would be devastating for the family.
  • Question 4

Question 4

 

Focus this part of your answer on the second part of the source, from lines 22 to the end.

 

 

A student said, 'The writer uses contrasts to show how Dorothy and Toto differ from the other characters.'

 

To what extent do you agree?

In your response, you could consider your impressions of Dorothy, Toto and the other characters, evaluate how the writer uses language techniques and sentence structures and support your response with references to the text.

 

[20 marks]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Here, you need to focus on the language techniques and structural features that the writer uses. You should consider what you think about the statement and explain your ideas, backing them up with reasons. You should use a paragraph structure that includes a Point (where identify a language technique used in the writing), Evidence (a quotation from the text to back up your Point) and Analysis (a description of the effect created by this technique). In this question you also need to EVALUATE how effective the author's choices are (not just analyse as you have been doing for the previous questions). You will also need to clearly state how far you agree with statement and why. To gain higher marks, you should aim to explain your answer in as much detail as you can and identify more complex techniques. Here is an example of a paragraph that would get full marks: The author uses contrasts to present Dorothy and Toto as separate from the ‘great grey prairie’ and the people who inhabit it. Dorothy’s family are repeatedly described as ‘grey’ – Aunt Em has ‘sober grey eyes’ and lips that ‘were grey also’ while Uncle Henry ‘was grey also, from his long beard to his rough boots’. By presenting the prairie and its people this way, the author is showing how the bleak landscape is turning them into dull, lifeless characters. Here, the greyness of the prairie has metaphorically infected the people. The author notes how Aunt Em ‘was a young, pretty wife’ before she moved here and the ‘sun and wind had changed her’. Yet, Dorothy has Toto, her dog, who ‘saved her from growing as grey as her other surroundings’. This contrast implies that Dorothy and Toto are immune to the contagious greyness of the prairie. This is something that the author presents as unlikely when he states that Aunt Em was ‘startled by the child’s laughter’. Here, Dorothy’s happiness is not something her aunt find shocking.
  • Question 5

Section B

 

You are advised to spend about 45 minutes on this section. 

Write in full sentences.

You are reminded of the need to plan your answer.

You should leave enough time to check your work at the end.


 

Question 5

 

Your local newspaper is running a creative writing competition. The entries will be judged local readers of your age and winners will be published in an anthology.

 

Either

 

Describe a chaotic situation as suggested by this picture:

 

 

or

 

Write a story about people who have to hide from something dangerous.

 

(24 marks for content and organisation

16 marks for technical accuracy)

[40 marks]

 

This question is marked across two skill areas – Content and Organisation (24 marks) and Technical Accuracy (16 marks). A total mark for this question should be determined by adding together the score for both (total – 40 marks).

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
This question is a chance for you to show off your writing skills. Choose to either produce descriptive (Q5) or narrative writing (Q6). Whichever you choose, you need to make sure you're using lots of language techniques, structural features, accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar. To gain higher marks, you should ensure you write closely to the brief in the question and carefully consider the AUDIENCE and PURPOSE. Try to include sophisticated vocabulary and use more complex language techniques. Here is an example of an opening to an answer that would've got full marks. The lightening cracked across the sky. With each flash, it branched out across the darkness like a giant tree, unfurling it leaves for the summer sun. Here however, there was no sun. The place itself was sad; drained over the years of any life it had left. The people were drained too. Empty husks of skin that couldn't smile or laugh but they could scream. That was what the storm wanted them to do. Scream. Scream for their lives.
  • Question 6

SECTION A: Reading

Answer all questions in this section (1 - 4). You are advised to spend about 45 minutes on this section.


 

Question 1

Read again the first part of Source A, from lines 1 to 9.

 

 

List four things we learn about the house from this part of the source.

 

[4 marks]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award one mark for every correct answer. Ace this question by making sure you only use answers from the lines indicated i.e. 1-9. Beware as this sometimes cuts the text off mid-sentence. Remember: - Answers can be direct quotations or written in your own words. - They MUST relate to the focus of the question which is 'the house'.
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