As the title of the paper suggests, there are three core skills being tested in this exam:
You will have 1 hour to complete the RUAE exam. The paper is marked out of 30 and is therefore worth 30% of your overall grade.
At Higher you will be faced with two passages in the exam. These passages should be linked by the same topic, although the writers might take very different approaches or attitudes to the topic.
The majority of questions will deal with passage one; the final question deals with both passages. In this final question you will be asked to look at the main areas of agreement and/or disagreement between the two writers.
Often, reading and understanding the passages is the trickiest bit for candidates. Passages at Higher will be full of demanding vocabulary and complicated lines of thought.
It is perhaps helpful to think about the three question areas in this paper in the following way:
Working out whether a question is a U or an A or an E can be tricky. But looking for certain trigger words in each question will help:
Once you have figured out what type of question you are dealing with, you should then look at the mark allocation. For example:
It is important that you know how to analyse a range of language features. Typically, the following language features crop up in Higher RUAE papers:
Your teacher might suggest a particular answer formula or structure for each language feature. Try not to analyse out of context. Always think about what job these techniques are doing in the passage in front of you.
The first thing to do is read that question carefully:
Next, look at the mark allocation: in the most recent exam papers this question has been worth 5 marks.
Familiarise yourself with the SQA marking guidelines for this question.
To secure all five marks you must
Failure to identify any key areas of agreement and/or disagreement or a clear misunderstanding of the task will result in you securing 0 marks.
Come up with a sensible way to structure your answer. You could use: