How To Ace Your VCE English Exam

How To Ace Your VCE English Exam

If you have made it this far in your VCE studies, then first off, congratulations! It has been an enormously challenging year, with students adjusting to an entirely new way of studying. While this has certainly been a challenge, we can take away some key points from it. Through adjusting to online schooling, VCE students have learned new study strategies such as how technology can help you achieve your learning goals, how to effectively respond to rapid environmental changes, new notetaking techniques, and so on.

If you can adjust to these innovative study strategies, you can certainly effectively tackle the VCE English exam. It also requires proven problem-solving abilities, separating tasks into manageable sub-sections and allocating appropriate time for each.

To help students with this, we have prepared three articles for you on strategies for acing your English VCE exam, with each one addressing a different section of the exam, for your own study convenience.

How to make the exam structure work for you

Firstly, to ace the VCE English exam, you should do lots of preparation to know exactly what to expect before going into it. One of the best strategies for doing so is reading over prior exams to familiarise yourself with their structure, sections, the kind of questions you might be asked, and what is expected of you. In addition, you can review past exams for free online at this link so, if you get a chance, go there and review the content in detail, so nothing about the 2021 exam surprises you.

After looking at some past exams, you should familiarise yourself with their structure. This includes key points such as:

  • The allocated time to complete the exam: You will be allocated three hours and fifteen minutes; the first fifteen minutes are reading time, allowing you to read over the exam in detail, select the specific questions you will be answering, and then plan how you are going to do so.
  • The structure of the exam: The VCE English exam is divided into sections; A, B, and C. Each section will require you to utilise the study, analytical, comprehension, and cross-analytical abilities you developed throughout your VCE English studies. Section A requires students to write an analytical interpretation of a set text, Section B requires you to write a comparative analysis of two texts, and Section C assesses your ability to identify and examine the argumentative and persuasive language techniques you have developed throughout the year, by requiring you to develop a structured, logical response to a persuasive piece of writing, analysing how the piece employs a range of persuasive language techniques to construct a contention, and work at persuading the reader towards the writer’s point of view.

Understand what each section is asking of you:

 To effectively address the requirements set out by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA), you should have a firm understanding of what each section is asking of you before attempting to address them. For example, section A requires you to develop an analytical response to one text you studied in class this year. The text can either be a novel, film, play, collection of short stories, or poetry.

Your written response should demonstrate a strong understanding of the text you studied, have relevant quotes to support your argument, and effectively answer the set question by formulating a structured response to it.

We have broken the English exam down.

We have broken down the English exam and what you need to do to ace all three sections here.

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