GCSE Arabic Examiner

You might not know it… but examiners want you to pass too.

Student Advice and Preparation Tips.


1. Prepare well and get the right information well in advance.

2. You will not require deep knowledge of grammar but make sure you know your pronouns as well as the verb conjugation in a variety of tenses.  Being able to use feminine demonstrative pronouns with feminine nouns shows clear understanding of basic grammatical structures.

3. Try not to rely heavily on colloquial language, remember the GCSE exam seeks to find out how well you can use modern terms in a variety of contexts.

4. Writing practice is a must so get writing on a regular basis, even if you have to copy chunks of text. The examiner should be able to read your writing. Keep the writing neat and presentable.

5. For the Arabic speaking paper try not to use one word answers. You may ask the examiner a question for the exchange to be more interactive.

6. Do not spend more than 20 minutes answering section A of the writing paper. Remember that section B requires more time.

7. Know how to find meanings of words in an Arabic dictionary.

8. Thoughtful commentary that consistently links technique to the writer’s purpose will score highly.

9. Always try and proof-read your writing.

10. Stay calm, if you have done your homework there is no need to worry.