Data-stimulus questions usually use specific command words (see Table 1). At A-level the command word ‘describe’ — which means ‘say what you see’ — is not normally used. However, part of any successful answer will be some description because you need to quote data from the graph and refer to the graph continually throughout the answer.
In the exam, the temptation is to start writing your answer as soon as possible, but there are good reasons to pause and look carefully at the graph. Try to do the following before you begin your answer:
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