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Meeting Exam Objectives in Chunky Paragraphs
- AS, A Level
- AQA, Edexcel, OCR, IB
Last updated 22 Mar 2021
Essay writing in an exam is a skill that can be honed and improved with practice. Writing in a succinct, clear style and with the exam objectives in mind will help you to score well without having to produce lengthy answers.
The main skills tested by the exam are
Understanding the command words is an important first step ahead of writing practice answers.
- The command words: Define, Explain, Analyse, Distinguish between, Identify and Outline require no evaluation.
- The command words: Evaluate, Assess, Discuss, To what extent, Examine do require evaluation
Below I have written some exemplar paragraphs to specific questions. They are designed to show how a single paragraph can meet all four the exam objectives. Put several of these together along with good analysis diagrams will mean that you are a long way along the road to writing a really good answer.
I hope that this colour coding approach will help you to see the difference between the different exam objectives.
Outline is a command word that does NOT require any evaluation. Focus instead on clear analysis to outline the links - in this case between low interest rates and economic growth
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