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Past Papers: Where to
Find Past Exam Papers
If the exam one is revising for
is external, then find out the address of the exam board associated with the
paper and request some copies. Past exam papers provided by external
examination boards will likely include a small charge but it is well worth it
given how much of an advantage it is to be able to practice exam style
questions. If the exam is an internal exam, then it is much easier to access
old papers by talking to one’s lecturer, personal tutor or making an
appointment with the course head.
For those of you that are in
Matric, you can download past exam papers from 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 (Feb/March
and November) and 2012 (Feb/March) from the Department of Basic Education’s
website. Languages papers in all eleven official languages are available.
Papers fore non-languages subjects are also available to view or download.
Past papers are an important tool for revision,
allowing students to check how their revision is going and assess areas for
improvement. Just doing the questions, perhaps under timed conditions and
consulting the mark scheme is useful. However, too much of this can lead
students to overemphasise
the role of the mark scheme in their success and lead them to
place lesser value on other types of homework and revision.