Bitesize has changed! We're updating subjects as fast as we can. Visit our new site to find Bitesize guides and clips - and tell us what you think!


Approaches to the written paper

Approaches to the written paper

You will have studied one of the following plays in class:

  • Crash by Sera Moore Williams
  • Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  • Dr Korczak's Example by David Greig
  • Sparkleshark by Philip Ridley
  • StoneCold by Joe Staderline

This revision bite will help you to answer the paper.


  • The questions are graded: the easier ones carry the less marks; the more difficult ones tend to carry the higher marks.
  • Timing is very important! You are advised to spend 1 hour 10 minutes on section A and 20 minutes on section B.
  • Whichever play you have studied the questions will be the same.
  • Don't forget to concentrate your answer on the scene specified on the exam paper.

Spelling, Punctuation, Grammar (SPG)

  • SPG stands for Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar. How neat your handwriting is does not count but it helps if you try to keep it in order.
  • Although marks are not specifically awarded for SPG, an examiner would consider them when awarding marks for an answer.
  • Make sure that you use capital letters for all names of characters, countries, playwrights etc.
  • Copy words carefully from the question paper, particularly names like Dr Korean.
  • Put full stops after every sentence and make sure that each sentence makes sense.
  • Check through your answers if you have time.


  • Remember that your answers will be marked by someone who does not know you. The examiner will not be able to understand your answer if you do not explain things properly.
  • Make your answers as clear as possible. Do not try to be funny.
  • The examiner will have 400 scripts to mark. Try to make sure that yours is easy to mark. Do exactly what the questions ask you to do.

Good luck!

Back to Written paper index

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.