volume contains 15 tests based on the GCSE writing exams offered by the
various awarding bodies. Each test consists of two Foundation Tier
questions, one Overlapping question and two Higher Tier questions. Model
answers are provided at the end of each exam paper. There are also
Guidelines for Teachers, Tips for Students and Class Record Sheets at the
front of the booklet.
I was impressed by the variety of activities on offer which ranged at
Higher Level from writing to inquire about sponsoring a whale to
essay-like questions for and against mobile phones. This reflects in part
the differing requirements of the awarding bodies and in part the desire
to stimulate the pupilsí imaginations. Some of the questions were not
therefore directly relevant to the OCR syllabus we follow at my school
although there were plenty which were. I liked the model answers as well
which can be photocopied (the entire volume comes with photocopying rights
within the purchasing institution) and felt these could be a useful time
saver or revision aid. The Spanish in these answers was challenging at the
Higher Level using both present and imperfect subjunctive on occasions.
Although I would not want to work through this booklet methodically, I
would recommend it as a useful contribution to the departmental resourcesí
library which could be photocopied and used not only with GCSE classes but
also with a whole range of Spanish classes from beginners to Lower Sixth.