What are Past Papers?
The Past Papers are the exams that people took in the past. They are utilized mainly to get a good idea of what taking the exam will be like, as well as to get a good idea of the subjects covered.
While there are many different types of English Past Papers, they are all structured the same way and are assessed by the 3 main skills, these are:
- Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar
The are thousands of English Past Papers all over the internet. However, there is one thing to note if you choose one of those over what we provide. The Past Papers from before 2019 will be inaccurate, this is because the specification was reformed then. So any Past Papers from then are to going to be of any use in getting ready for your exam.
How to use Past Papers
We heavily recommend taking the Past Papers in exam conditions, consisting of:
- No one in the room
- Not having anything open on your device other then the paper (no searching for answers!!)
- No resources/notes
- No mobile phone
- No breaks while taking the paper
- No distractions (Music, ect.)
- And so on
This is so you will get the most accurate experience of what it will be like to take your exam. It will ensure that you are not “Cheating” during the exam and rely solely on your knowledge. Giving you a good grasp of your strengths and weaknesses in the subject. Meaning you can focus more on revising your weaker subjects to get the most out of your revision time.
Each Past Paper comes with its own marking scheme (no one will mark the Past Paper for you!), so you will have to mark the paper yourself. This provides the unique opportunity of seeing exactly what questions you are getting incorrect, how you failed the question, as well as how to properly answer the question.
However it is important not to start using Past Papers right when you start revising for the exam. By not being first confident in your knowledge in the material, you could badly fail the past paper. Leading to your confidence being impacted in a negative way. Because of this we heavily recommend using this resource later on in your revision to see what subjects you still need to revise.
The overall structure of exam papers changes between the different exam boards, so we have made sure to offer a variety of past papers from different exam boards. They are however all based on the assessment of the person’s reading, writing, spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
When choosing what Exam boards you should use Past Papers from, you need to first consider what exam board you will be taking your exam with. By doing so you can choose the same past papers that will be closest to the actual exam you will be taking. Helping to get you as prepared for your exams