C1. Written Exam
Argument Analysis & Written Exam Topics
Command Words Are...
...words and phrases used in exams and other assessment tasks that tell students how they should answer the question.
The 16 command words in the document at left are taken from Cambridge’s official list of command words and their meanings that are relevant to Global Perspectives.
Tips for exam success
- Before the exam
- Read: aim to read the news, in English, for about 30 minutes a day. This will give you valuable background information on all the 8 possible exam topics, as all of these topics are current issues around the world.
- Write: You should also be writing a paragraph or more each day; writing about what you have read in the news is ideal, but any writing in English will give you good practice at the writing process: planning, writing, editing, and re-writing.
- During the Exam:
- Time management: finishing on time is the most challenging part of this exam. Aim to spend 1 minute per mark on each question (so for a 6-mark question you should be done within 6 minutes)
- Plan/brainstorm before writing the essay questions (#3d & #4).
- Failure to plan = planning to fail: If you try to just start writing, stream-of-consciousness style, you will likely not be awarded marks for structure & organization.
- Instead, plan for success: 3 developed points are necessary to earn top marks for #3d, and 4 developed points are necessary for #4. Planning these before writing will ensure you actually write the necessary number of points for full marks.
- If you are struggling to finish the essays: do them first. That's right - start with questions 3d & 4, and then move on to finish the rest of the exam once you have finished the high-value essay questions.