There are three 9-mark questions on each exam paper and because they are worth less than the source extract and essay questions (both worth 25 marks) they can sometimes be overlooked.
Some students answer the questions in reverse, starting with the longer essays and finishing with the shorter 9-mark questions. Evidence from the exam board suggests this is an unwise strategy. It usually results in candidates gaining fewer marks than those answering sequentially, as extra time spent polishing answers to the longer questions does not gain more marks, and students often run out of time, missing out or rushing at least one of the 9-markers when it would be easier to gain the extra marks on these.
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