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Question Bank provides hundreds of questions for you to browse, organise and export to make your own tests, though you can also choose from a selection of ready-made tests. It is designed to assist teaching and learning, and monitor students’ progress from year 7 through to year 11, with students building on their skills each year. The topic areas are based on the content and Assessment Objectives (AOs) tested in the AQA GCSE examination papers.
Please note, however, that although the materials support the AQA exam board, the questions and mark schemes are not AQA material and have neither been provided nor approved by AQA.
English Language Question Bank consists of Reading and Writing material.
The Reading material in the Language Bank includes age-related fiction and non-fiction texts covering the 19th century to the modern day and a range of genres. The texts form the stimulus for the questions. All questions have been allocated GCSE Assessment Objectives. This test of reading skills requires students to respond to unseen texts and students have been given specific spaces to respond to the questions. The questions vary in style, ranging from ticking boxes or completing tables to more open responses. The questions also vary in marks and difficulty, ranging from 1 mark to 16 marks.
The Writing material assessing AO5 and AO6 includes a selection of tasks covering fiction and non-fiction which have some connection with the reading texts. The fiction tasks ask the student to describe or to narrate. The non-fiction tasks cover a range of purposes and forms, for example inform, explain and comment. All tasks have a planning framework that students may wish to use.
English Literature Question Bank includes questions on modern texts (prose and drama), the 19th-century novel, poetry and Shakespeare.
The Literature Bank assesses students’ understanding of the texts and in some questions, their understanding of the contexts. All questions have been allocated a GCSE Assessment Objective.
For modern texts, the 19th-century novel and Shakespeare, a section of text forms the stimulus for questions. As students progress, a wider understanding of the text is required.
For poetry, students are assessed on individual poems, whether modern or pre-1914, and on comparison of two poems and contexts.
For all Literature questions, students have been given specific spaces to respond to the questions. The questions vary in style, with the method of response ranging from ticking boxes or completing tables to more open responses. The questions also vary in marks and difficulty, ranging from 1 mark to 30 marks.
Ideally you will use Question Bank throughout the year and for each academic year.
There are plenty of ways you can use the material. You may, for example, choose a selection of questions to use to introduce a lesson, start a discussion or check understanding at the end of a lesson. You may use a structured question to guide students and then they respond to the non-structured version of the question independently. You may choose a selection of questions to use for homework. Alternatively, you may create your own tests, adapt the ready-made topic tests or use the ready-made topic tests as they have been presented.
If you choose to use the ready-made topic tests, you can either do this at regular intervals or you can choose to combine the tests to create an end-of-half-term or end-of-term assessment. Ready-made topic tests are split into Sets A and B: it is recommended that the Set A material is conducted before the Set B material.
The Language Question Bank includes 96 ready-made tests and the Literature Bank includes 108. In Language, there are 12 tests for reading and four for writing for each year group. In Literature, there are four tests on modern texts, four on the 19th-century novel, four on Shakespeare, and six on poetry, for each year group.
Tests are divided into Set A and Set B so you have more than one test for each topic. This provides a good selection of material for you to regularly test students, even if you purchase only one bank.
You can see a summary of the ready-made tests in the At a glance guides.
The materials developed for Language target specifically the Assessment Objectives for that subject area in the GCSE exam, and likewise with Literature. There is no overlap of resource materials, with each bank having been designed as discrete products that complement each other.
A main feature of this product is to track performance of students from year 7 through to the end of the year 11, so the product is sold as one complete package.
All questions can be exported as editable Word documents and thus can be edited. It is recommended that you aim to keep the essence of the main question stem, though you may decide to remove additional support, such as content of bullet points, a planning framework, textual references or a structured response space. Good practice is to ‘work’ the question to better understand the demands placed on the students, and also to develop the mark schemes based on your students’ actual responses.
You can use the filters to search for structured or unstructured questions on a particular topic to choose how much support you wish to provide for students.
All questions can be exported as editable Word documents and you can adjust the difficulty of questions manually, for example by removing any:
• bullet pointed prompts
• planning frameworks
• structure given in the response space (so that candidates only have an open response space).
You can change aspects of the extract to decrease the demand. For example, you can:
• develop the introduction
• include more glosses
• group together smaller paragraphs.
The extracts have been selected to engage students, to cover a range of themes and to represent good quality writing from a range of authors and genres.
For the Literature Question Bank, a selection of texts commonly taught through KS3 and used for AQA GCSE have been selected.
Yes. Mark schemes provide indications of possible correct answers and at KS4 provide comprehensive indicative content.
The materials have been developed to support the AQA exam board. We would recommend before you decide to purchase this product that you conduct a comparison of the differences between AQA and your chosen exam board to see how closely the material is likely to align.
The progression framework provided in the Bank maps out for you the expected progression of students across the different Assessment Objective areas of focus, for the five years of their secondary education.
This framework can be given to your students to show them how they can progress through the areas of assessment.