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SQA Specimen Paper 2013 National 5 English and Model Papers (Sqa Past Papers) Paperback – 30 Aug 2013


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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Gibson (30 Aug. 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1471802078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471802072
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.9 x 29.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Practise for your exam on the offical SQA Specimen paper and extra revision guidance.

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Liz on 14 Sept. 2013
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At the time I write this (September 2013) I imagine the vast majority of purchasers will be fellow teachers, or possibly anxious pupils and their parents. Therefore I am writing this review to let these groups know what to expect from this book (and what not to expect.)

The book begins with a few short pages of extremely generic advice about general study skills and the English exam in particular. It includes such jewels as "read the passage carefully", "read the question", and "use quotations in your essays". Worryingly, the book specifically advises pupils that they must use quotations in their poetry and drama essays - making no mention of prose. Pupils - please continue to use quotations in your essays on short stories and novels.

The book then continues with the SQA specimen paper that has been live on the SQA's website for some months. The 'Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation' paper (hereafter called Close Reading, because that's what it is) is about JK Rowling and the nature of fame. The Critical Reading paper includes questions on texts that are not on the set text list. Pupils and parents reading this review or using this book should be aware that the SQA wrote this specimen paper some time ago, and that the real exam will have questions on the texts that appear in the set text list. The book does not make this clear, and this could be confusing and worrying for pupils and parents.

The three model papers which follow are more useful, but still not perfect. The Close Reading papers are adapted from Intermediate 2 past papers (experienced teachers will recognise the texts. The first is about superstition and how it can help or hinder us; the second is about the 'gr8 db8' about texting; the third is about how Dickens became the hero of Soweto.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Scottish Teacher on 23 Sept. 2013
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It is outrageous that schools (and, even worse, pupils) are expected to pay for this!
Of the example Analysis & Evaluation (Close Reading) papers one is available for free on the SQA website, while the rest are just rehashed Intermediate 2 papers (which any teacher worth their salt could have produced on their own). The Scottish Set Text sections are also incredibly poor, as the publishers haven't even bothered to make full specimen papers for this section of the course. It honestly feels like the cover designers have put in more work than anyone else for this publication, and you shouldn't encourage the SQA or Hodder Gibson to continue such shoddy work by giving them any of your hard earned cash.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Suze Dylan on 14 Sept. 2013
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Re above: is anyone who's actually working in a scottish secondary school at the moment in the least surprised about this? And how does this bode for the STILL not yet published How to Pass and Practice Papers texts?
Talk about being but a page ahead of the pupils. Would it were so...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aaron on 6 Nov. 2013
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Hodder Gibbson have clearly not put a lot of effort into making this. For the close reading (or reading for understanding analysis and evaluation) all three of the passages are from int 2 past papers which I have already answered on but only the questions are slightly different. One the front of the book near the bottom in bullet points its says 'Includes extra revision guidance sections' and 'Invaluable examiner tips' both of this are both covered in three pages, yes thats it. Don't waste your money!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sara on 3 Jan. 2014
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I am a rather worried parent of a National 5 student who has had a very worrying time trying to work out what my son should be concentrating his efforts on. I was confused by specimen papers which gave him no options answering on texts he had covered and was delighted by the explanation of teachers who kindly took the time to leave comments. Clearly the resources available for children and teachers is inadequate and I wasted my money.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By English Teacher on 5 Oct. 2013
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Buyer Beware. So sorry for this year's guinea pigs who are being subjected to this omnishambles. Let the SQA know that you are being treated unfairly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Minxminnie on 8 Mar. 2014
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I would echo the concerns expressed by others. I'm a PT English and I was wary of this text when it was published. I have now realised that the context questions in the model papers give a radically different final question, asking pupils to write 8 marks worth on another poem / the rest of the text, as opposed to relating the text in front of them to another poem(s) / the rest of the text. Shoddy and confusing for students.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By fiveheid on 18 Dec. 2013
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As an English teacher, I am horrified, but, sadly, not surprised at this. The questions for the set texts will cause confusion as they seem to suggest a possible approach that contradicts what I have heard from other channels, particularly in relation to the final questions.

The SQA have lost credibility in my subject. I feel sorry for the pupils - and the staff who have to guide them through this mess. Curriculum for Excellence was a noble idea - how did we end up in this mess? I would like to ask the SQA but they do not communicate with us any more or answer questions. At meetings, we are not allowed to speak from the floor but submit questions in writing and the ones that are chosen to discuss are carefully selected. The end result? An "Official Paper" book that has (unofficially of course) been kind of disowned by the SQA...I kid you not.

Don't part with your money for this - it is embarrassing.
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