Answering Written Questions – GCSE Business Studies Revision

Written Questions

  • For the Unit 3 exam, you’ll have to answer written questions, not just multiple choice ones
  • They come in 3 to 10 mark varieties
  • My teacher had a good mnemonic for answering 8 and 10 mark questions:
  • KEDAC (or rearranged, “CAKE : D“, but that doesn’t give you the order)
  • I’m not going to steal that to use in this revision guide, though

Short Questions

  • Make sure you properly read the question before attempting to answer!
  • 1-mark questions are the multiple choice ones, or simple short definitions – just a sentence or a tick in the box will do!
  • 3-mark questions need you to expand a little more
  • 6-mark questions need you to do some proper analysis / evaluation / whatever
  • For 8 and 10 mark-ers, it get’s complicated
  • Basically, the more marks available, the more you have to write
  • In my first mock, I made the mistake of writing way too much for the short questions
  • I got them right, but I didn’t make it to the end of the paper in time!

Long Questions

  • READ THE QUESTION (perhaps a massive case study comes with it…)
  • You’ll be asked to suggest something about a business, or compare two options, etc.
  • You need to write the definitions of any key business words in the question and any related key terms you’ll be talking about
  • Relate these definitions to the question and the current ‘option’ you’re talking about
  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages – give a few of each
  • Now cover the other ‘option’, or suggest an alternative to what you’ve already written about – not in as much detail
  • Say which is best, or sum it up in a sentence, etc.

So that’s:

  • Read (the f***ing question!)
  • Define (key words)
  • Relate (to question)
  • Evaluate (pros and cons)
  • Other (option)
  • Conclude
  • RDREOC… okay, that’s a bit crap. Don’t remember it like this.
  • Remember – for 1 to 6 mark questions you don’t have to bother with this
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13 Responses to Answering Written Questions – GCSE Business Studies Revision

  1. This is helpful matt, Thanks

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