While Edexcel A-level politics only has three question types (12, 24 and 30 marks), the long US essays need a little more planning and preparation than some of the UK essays. The US questions are often multi-factor, meaning you must not only look at the impact of each named factor, but also compare their impact and importance.
The specification requires you to develop ‘parallels, connections, similarities and differences’ in your analysis (AO2). It is from this that excellent evaluation (AO3) can be developed. To achieve both AO2 and AO3, you must know what the question is asking.
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