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0990 IGCSE Paper 1 Reading (examination from 2020)

Chris Barcock | Friday October 18, 2019

Categories: KS4, Cambridge iGCSE, 9-1 IGCSE, 9-1 IGCSE English Language , IGCSE English Language CIE 0990

Paper 1 Advice

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Question 1: Comprehension

  • Read Text A carefully before you answer any of the questions.
  • As you deal with each question, look back at the section of the text it is asking about to work out your answer.
  • Make sure you use your own words where the question tells you to do so.
  • Pay attention to the specific evidence the question is asking for, e.g. if the question asks for two examples make sure you give two.
  • Where a question asks you to explain how or why, make sure you explain ideas fully.
  • You can use ‘because’, ‘as’ and ‘since’ to help you to do this.

Question 1: Summary Task

  • As you read Text B, underline ideas that will help you answer the focus of the summary task.
  • Use your own words where possible when writing your summary.
  • Do not use quotations or copy phrases or longer sections from Text B.
  • Keep your summary objective – do not include personal experiences, comments or opinions.
  • Only include ideas that directly answer the question, any redundant material or extra information from the text should not be included.
  • Organise relevant ideas from the text into a logical order.
  • Paragraph your summary if it is necessary and helpful to do so.
  • Use connecting words/phrases to link or contrast ideas within and between sentences.
  • Do not write in note form or list ideas.
  • Ensure your summary is within the word limit.
  • If it is too long, then it is not an effective summary.

Question 2: Short-answer Questions

  • Read the whole of Text C at least once before you start your answers to Question 2.
  • You will need to show that you understand the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in this context not just the general meaning of them.
  • Read each question carefully and pay attention to what you are being asked to do to show your understanding, e.g. if the question asks you to give one word or phrase do not give a...

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