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GCSE Practice Paper in the style of Pearson Edexcel English Language Paper 2

In this assessment, students will be able to complete a timed GCSE English Language Paper 2 in the style of Pearson Edexcel.

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'GCSE Practice Paper in the style of Pearson Edexcel English Language Paper 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Year:  GCSE

GCSE Subjects:   English Language

GCSE Boards:   Pearson Edexcel

Curriculum topic:   GCSE Sample Practice Papers

Curriculum subtopic:   Paper 2

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

This is a practice GCSE English Language Paper 2 in the style of Pearson Edexcel.


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 onscreen boxes and use marking criteria to grade your answers afterwards.


The time is set for 2 hours and 5 minutes (125 minutes) but you can keep working once the timer has run out. You are advised to manage your time effectively to ensure you allow enough time for both sections.


This paper includes all questions types in the style of Pearson Edexcel. The guidance below is also in the style of Pearson Edexcel.




Paper 2 - Non-fiction and Transactional Writing


Time allowed: 2 hours and 5 minutes



For this paper you must have:

TEXT 1 and TEXT 2 - both can be found on the reading insert page

the question paper (questions 1- 9)



Answer all questions in Section A and one question from Section B.

You must answer the questions in the spaces provided.

You must refer to TEXT 1 AND 2 where specified in the question.

You must not use a dictionary.



The maximum marks for the questions are shown in brackets

The maximum mark for this paper is 96.

There are 56 marks for Section A and 40 marks for Section B.

Questions labelled with an asterisk (*) are ones where the quality of your written communication will be assessed - you should take particular care on these questions with your use of vocabulary, spelling, punctuation and grammar, as well as the clarity of expression.



Read each question carefully before you start to answer it.

Check your answers if you have time at the end.




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

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