What To Expect From English Language Paper 1 - Question 4 & 5?

January 25, 2018

What To Expect From English Language Paper 1 - Question 4 & 5?

We discuss what you can expect from English Language Paper 1

AQA English Language Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

What's assessed?

Section A: Reading

• one literature fiction text


Section B: Writing

• descriptive or narrative writing



• written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

• 80 marks

• 50% of GCSE



• 1 extended question

(1 x 20 marks)


Writing (40 marks) (25%)

• 1 extended writing question

(24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

Instructions and Advice

Paper 1 is about fiction texts. You will be given a fiction extract to read. In the first half of the exam you will have to answer questions about this extract. In the second half of theexam you will produce your own piece of creative writing. The exam is out of 80.

English Language Paper 1

Q4: You will be given a statement about the text. You need to write an essay arguing to what extent you agree with this statement (20 marks)

This is the most important question so far, so be sure to give it your best. You are free to agree, completely disagree, or to argue for a point somewhere between both opinions, just be ready to support your stance with evidence from the text, ideally in the form of quotations as well as relevant examples in your own words. It’s often easier to agree than disagree (such is life!), but the examiner will reward a well-supported argument, regardless of whether or not they agree with you on a personal level.

Q5: A choice of two writing tasks – answer one (40 marks)

This task is worth as many marks as all of the previous questions in this section put together. If you’re the creative writing type, perhaps you’re best to start off with this one, then go back to complete Questions 1-4.

Regarding the task itself, be sure to choose the option that suits your ability best – e.g. if you’re a good persuasive writer, favour a persuasive task. Failing getting to choose your favoured style, be sure to choose the topic that you are most passionate about; this will enhance the level of your writing automatically.

Ensure that the tone, vocabulary, etc. that you use are appropriate to the task you’re seeking to complete. Remember your writing basics also – sentence structure, punctuation, paragraphing, etc.; how you write is almost as important as what you write during this task.

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