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AQA GCSE English Language Practice

School student writing on blackboard. AQA GCSE English Language test papers.
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Another set of AQA GCSE English Language practice papers is available to download. Use it for timed exam preparation and be ready for the big day.

These sample papers are designed to be used by pre-GCSE students. However, their design and content are near identical to full AQA GCSE English Language practice papers. Therefore, they are very useful if you need another set of papers to practise with.

GCSE English Language Practice Paper 1

  • The Insert for Practice Paper 1 is an extract from Roald Dahl’s autobiography Boy: Practice Paper 1 INS

  • The Question Paper for Practice Paper 1 asks four comprehension questions about the Dahl text: Practice Paper 1 QP.

After you have downloaded the Insert, read the extract carefully with a pen in your hand. Find the quotations that strike you as particularly powerful and highlight or underline them.

At this point, start to identify the different writers’ techniques Dahl is using. Try also to name the impressions you have as you read: how do you feel about the characters or events?

Finally, make sure that you complete your exam practice in a quiet place with no distractions. And keep to the time limits. After all, real practice of the pressures of performing well to a tight time limit is vital. You will feel confident and prepared for your exams.

GCSE English Language Practice Paper 2

  • The Insert for Practice Paper 2 presents you with two interesting articles about dalmatians: Practice Paper 2 INS

  • The Question Paper for Practice Paper 2 asks four comprehension questions about the dalmatians articles: Practice Paper 2 QP.

After you have downloaded the Insert, read the articles carefully with a pen in your hand. Find the quotations that strike you as particularly powerful and highlight or underline them.

At this point, start to identify the different writers’ techniques the writers are using. Try also to name the attitudes the writers are communicating about their subject matter: do they like dalmatians? Do they hate dalmatians? Do they find them lovable, odd, quirky, dutiful?

Finally, make sure that you complete your exam practice in a quiet place with no distractions. And keep to the time limits. After all, real practice of the pressures of performing well to a tight time limit is vital. You will feel confident and prepared for your exams.

More Exam practice

There are more practice and sample AQA GCSE English papers available from this site: Specimen 1June 2017November 2017.

And other sample AQA GCSE English Language papers are available to buy.

Good luck!

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I am a highly qualified and experienced English tutor based in the UK. I founded this site in 2019 to help students of GCSE English learn how to reach their full potential.