Getting the timing right – for a perfect Leaving Cert French paper!


It is vital to get the timing correct for this exam – as it is very tight!

A 2 and half hour exam – once you get the paper – go straight to the written questions and make your selection! Selecting the wrong question could ruin your exam – so please take the time to do this! Do NOT attempt a question that you do not FULLY understand! At this stage you are only selecting the questions you will answer. Once you make your selection – get working on your answers!

PLAN! Planning is everything – get the planning wrong and you WILL fail the question.

Analyse the title – and make sure you are relevant. If you are not relevant you will score very badly!

ie if they question is on alcohol and advertising – and you discuss the consequences of alcohol for your health – this is IRRELEVANT! you SHOULD be discussing “the consequences of ADVERTISING for alcohol” – see what i mean? Its only a very small point – but getting it off centre – you could huge marks!

Timing for written – 20 mins for each question; allow yourself an extra 5 mins for the 90 word as this has 10 more marks than the 75 word or the diary.

this gives a total of 2 hours 5 mins.

the 25 mins left over – the reading of the written questions at the start of the exam; the choosing of your questions and the planning for these questions; REREADING the answers at the end!

Do the reading comps – 1/2 hour per comp MAX (including the 50 word piece in english) – which means 1 hour between the 2 reading comps

reason – you are at your MOST alert at the start of the exam – so less likely to make errors! If you do the reading comps first – you will be exhausted starting the written questions and you are more likely to make errors!

did you find this useful?? why not print this up and put it somewhere safe and take it out the night before the french exam…….

if you want more tips – let me share them with you!!!!

Remember that over HALF of our students obtained an A in the LC last year (compared with 10% nationally)!


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