Section A: Reading

Read again the first part of the source, from lines 1 to 7.

List four things about Ove from this part of the source.

You could include:

  • He is 59
  • He drives a Saab
  • He not technologically savvy/knowledgeable
  • He is rude
  • He points at people

You could also include:

  • He doesn’t like technology
  • He is demanding
  • He is grumpy
  • He doesn’t speak to his staff when he arrives
  • He is envied by his staff
  • He works in private

You get NO marks for:

  • He is kind
  • He is old
  • He is a policeman
  • He is called Ove

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Section B: Writing

  • Describe or Narrate creatively

    • I’ve used my characters/objects/settings from my ‘ideas bank
    • I’ve used imaginative comparisons
    • I’ve been entertaining
    • My imagery is clear
    • I’ve included a central motif whereby my imagery points towards one core theme
    • My narrative has a beginning/middle/end (or an equilibrium/disequilibrium/new equilibrium)
    • My answer is cohesive (reads as a complete piece)
    • There’s a subtext running through my story/description
    • My story is enjoyable to read
    • I’ve checked my answer and correctly any spelling and grammar mistakes
    • I’ve been ambitious with my vocabulary

[40 marks]

Example top-grade response (Perceptive, detailed analysis):

It’s clear from his expensive Tom Ford designer glasses that the fruit and vegetable salesman hasn’t paid for his expensive clothes by selling lots of apples and oranges. He loves his job running a small organic produce stand at the local farmer’s market; he always has a smile on his well-groomed face, and is happy to give any recipe advice for the more obscure ingredients on his stall. If he had spent the last 10 years getting up at 4am like the other stall owners have, perhaps he wouldn’t look so fresh faced. But Sebastian Carmichael hasn’t been running a fruit & veg stall for the last ten years; he had a career in finance before making enough money selling BitCoin that he could give up his day job and do something he loves; selling fresh, vegan, free-trade organic food. He’s been doing this for 6 months now.

He wears the same mushroom-colour organic cotton T-shirt every day; it isn’t the same one really, of course; he has a wardrobe full of them. His wife is a respected hair stylist, so his hair and beard always look perfect and don’t have a single grey hair, thanks to her revered hair dying skills. Compared to the craggy, tired-looking salespeople on nearby stalls, Sebastian looks like a celebrity, or an actor doing research for a Hollywood film about an unrealistically good-looking market stall owner.

When he gives changes to elderly women, they often comment on how soft his hands are, “like you’ve never done a day’s work in your life!” they would sometimes say. Sebastian will blush and say something about how handling organic food must be good for the skin, but he doesn’t mention the expensive hand cream he uses. While other stall holders scream and yell about their prices and offers – “four for a pooooound!”, “any bowl two quid, take the lot!” – Sebastian knows his soft voice and privately-educated accent would either get mocked or ignored. Instead, he writes the day’s prices on small chalkboards in different colour chalk then cleans his hands by rubbing them on his well-ironed apron. He knows full well what some of the nearby stall owners think of him – that he’s a poshboy, out of place, will probably open a shop soon (they’re right) – but he enjoys his work, and being outdoors and speaking to people makes him far happier than his dull finance job ever made him feel. Plus, every day when he drops any unsold food at the homeless shelter on his way home, he reminds himself how fortunate he is – something he never used to it.

Author: Paul

Paul has been a professional tutor for over 14 years. He’s helped countless students boost their grades, mostly via 1:1 tutoring, and has also run large revision events. He has a 1st Class Degree in English Literature, and before joining Save My Exams he ran an education publishing company, where he edited over 100 books on GCSE/A Level exam texts.