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As one of the most important parts of GCSE English exam revision, past papers cannot be missed! Here, you can download each PDF paper and its mark scheme for the assessments from June 2017 to November 2021.
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…but first, here’s the breakdown.
Paper 1: Fiction and Imaginative Writing
- This paper is 40% of your GCSE and will be 1 hour and 45 minutes long.
- In section A, you will be given one 19th-century fiction extract to read. You will then need to answer questions on the text.
- In section B, you will be given a choice of two writing tasks. The tasks will be linked, by a theme, to the extract in section A.
Paper 2: Non-Fiction and Transactional Writing
- This paper is 60% of your GCSE and will be 2 hour and 5 minutes long.
- In section A, you will be given two thematically linked, non-fiction texts to read. You will then be asked questions on these texts.
- In section B, you’ll be asked to choose between two writing tasks. These will be linked by a theme to the reading extracts in section A.
Edexcel English Language Past Papers: Jun 2017-Nov 2021
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