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Obvious mistakes for National 5 English Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation

close reading

The National 5 English Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation exam is different from the what used to be known as Close Reading exam. The major difference is that the marks awarded fror each question will be between 2 and 4.

This has some important consequences anyone sitting the exam should be aware of. The first is that there will be less questions so that understanding the question correctly is more important. You will lose more marks if you misunderstand a question and answer it incorrectly.

The second consequence is that you need to give more of an answer to make sure you pick up all the marks.

If you give one point for a 4 mark question, you will get one mark. This means you have lost three marks! In the older version, giving one point for an answer mean that you would at least have a chance of getting 50% for the exam. Now it means you could be getting 30% or less, even if all those points are correct. The exam board expect more now in answer, especially for understanding-type questions.

 Example of Understanding Question:

(Taken from article about Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech to the American Senate and Congress, 2014)

Instead, the president made one last attempt at persuasion: either for Congress to pass a series of stalled bills on immigration, minimum wage legislation and unemployment insurance, or for the American people to elect a Congress that will.

“After five years of grit and determined effort, the United States is better positioned for the 21st century than any other nation on Earth,” said Obama. “The question for everyone in this chamber, running through every decision we make this year, is whether we are going to help or hinder this progress.”

Q. What areas of government does the president try to persuade other on? (4)

(In your own words!) The president wants the Congress to pass laws on immigration (1), the minimum wage (1) and insurance in case a person is made unemployed (1) that have got stuck, or he wants the American people to elect a new Congress (1).


If you can pick out all the points from the passage, as many as there are marks on offer for each question, and then write them in your own words you will get ALL the marks.

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