Resitting the English GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) can be a beneficial step if you didn't achieve the desired grade in your initial attempt or if you want to improve your English language skills. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to go about resitting the English GCSE:
Determine Your Goals:
Assess why you want to resit the English GCSE. Is it to improve your grade, meet educational requirements, or enhance your language skills? Having clear goals will help you stay motivated throughout the process.
Find a centre:
Once you have decided to resit, the first thing to do is find a centre that will allow you to take the exam. If you are in college, it's likely that your college will organise this. However you will need to be pro-active to confirm which sitting you will do - the November or the June sitting. If you are outside of education, you can find a centre that will allow you to sit as a private candidate. You can Google search your local area to find a centre that will allow you to sit as a private candidate. Get in touch with them and begin the process of registration. The cost is usually around £150 - £200 to sit as a private candidate.
Select the Exam Board and specification:
Determine which exam board offers the English GCSE that you want to resit. In the UK, the main exam boards for GCSE English include AQA, OCR, Edexcel, and WJEC.
Prepare a Study Plan:
Create a study plan that outlines your study schedule, topics to cover, and resources you'll need. Be realistic about the time you can commit each day or week.
Gather Study Materials:
Obtain the necessary study materials, including textbooks, revision guides, past papers, and online resources. You can purchase these materials or find free resources online.
Seek Support and Guidance:
If you're unsure about certain topics or concepts, seek support from teachers, tutors, or even study groups. There are tutors like me who specialise in assisting students who are resitting the English Language GCSE.
Practice Past Papers:
Practicing past exam papers is crucial to familiarize yourself with the format of the exam and to assess your progress. Analyse your mistakes and work on improving weak areas.
Improve Your Writing and Reading Skills:
For English GCSE, focus on improving your reading and writing skills. Read a variety of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, to enhance comprehension and vocabulary. Practice writing essays, narratives, and descriptive pieces.
Understand the Marking Criteria:
Familiarize yourself with the marking criteria specific to your chosen exam board and specification. Knowing how your work will be assessed can help you tailor your preparation accordingly.
Time Management in the Exam:
Develop good time management skills to ensure you can complete all sections of the exam within the allocated time. Practice answering questions under timed conditions.
Take your time with the process:
It's important to dedicate enough time to preparing for a resit program. Ideally you will have somebody overseeing your progress.
Sit the Exam:
On the day of the exam, arrive early, and bring all the required materials, such as identification and stationery. Stay calm and focused during the exam.
Receive and Review Your Results:
Once you receive your results, assess whether you achieved your goals. If necessary, consider further resits or alternative pathways to meet your objectives.
Remember that success in resitting the English GCSE requires dedication, persistence, and effective study strategies. If you need assistance in laying out a plan, drop me an email. I have a very effective program for students preparing for this exam - both in one-to-one tuition and through my video course.