English - Higher
Equivalency Testing is the exam board
Higher Level English correspondence course
This course is designed to be completed over a duration of up to 16 weeks and comprises 12 assignments. Approximate self-study time of about 4 hours per week is required.
Students should revise the Equivalency Testing syllabus prior to booking an examination. An outline of topics covered is provided below.
An assignment booklet and revision guide is provided to each student who chooses to complete the course.
All coursework is marked by a specialist tutor who will give constructive feedback where necessary. Contact with tutors is by email only.
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Higher Level English Examination
The examination is 2 hours in duration. Students should spend no more than 40 minutes on each of the three sections listed here:
Section A: Reading (to show comprehension and understanding)
Section B: Writing (appropriate use of language and good grammar, spelling and punctuation)
Section C: Poetry (analysis and comparison of two unseen poems)
Students should have pencils, pens, a pencil sharpener and an eraser.
Students need to achieve a Grade 4 level to pass the examination (however your chosen university may require you to achieve a Grade 5 pass).
Grade 1 (25% to 34%)
Grade 2 (35% to 44%)
Grade 3 (45% to 54%)
Grade 4 pass (55% to 64%)
Grade 5 pass (65% to 74%)
Grade 6 pass (75% to 84%)
Grade 7 pass (85% to 100%)
Topics covered in the syllabus:
- Use grammar correctly, punctuate and spell accurately.
- Good sentence construction to aid clarity, purpose and effect.
- Correct use of paragraphs.
- Use a wide range of vocabulary, demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the English language.
- Read a range of texts and show good comprehension.
- Write effectively and coherently using standard English appropriately.
- Read texts in order to consider how established writers use narrative and descriptive techniques to capture the interest of readers.
- Explain, comment and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers.
- Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how they are conveyed, across two or more texts.
- Compare and contrast two texts in order to consider how each represents a perspective or viewpoint to influence the reader.
- Produce a written text for a specific audience and purpose.
- Understand the meaning of the selected poems.
- Demonstrate a good knowledge of the most common poetic techniques.
- Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas.
- Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone and style.
- Evaluate texts critically, supporting with appropriate textual references.
There are no prerequisites for starting this course, however a reasonable level of proficiency in literacy skills is assumed.
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This course will be followed by an examination.
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Please bring to the exam a passport or driving licence otherwise you may not be able to sit the exam.
We accept students who are under 18 years old on any course.
You can sit the examination more than once, but if you fail, full feedback is sent to you, and this should be studied before sitting another examination. Every time you sit an examination you have to pay the full price.
Results will be available 14 working days (Monday-Friday) from the day after you sit your exam. They are posted to students by 1st Class Royal Mail.
Do not call the office as results are not available by telephone.
You can sit an examination at one of our designated places or an examination paper could be sent to the school you are currently working in. This is only with the agreement of the Head or Deputy Head Teacher or equivalent.
An exam only has a £30 deposit, and the rest is payable on the day. The deposit is non-refundable.
All courses must be paid in full. No monthly terms or part payments.
Yes! All examinations are paper based and are of 2 hour duration. Higher Maths is 2.5 hours.
As with all examination boards we take into account for people that may need more time to complete an examination.