Paper 1: Fiction


Language paper 1 focuses on fiction. It is 1 hour 45 minutes (unless you have extra time) and is worth 50% of your Language GCSE.

Fiction is any story that is derived from imagination—in other words, not based strictly on history or fact.

You will be asked to answer four questions on a fiction text from the 20th or 21st century. The text will be an extract from a novel or a short story, usually the beginning or the end.

You will then be asked to write a narrative (story) or descriptive piece of writing from a choice of two prompts.

Find a useful guide to paper 1 here.