Year 11 IGCSE revision

465_careers_revisionIGCSE REVISION

HURRAY! Paper 1 is over. Well done for getting through it so well. Now, on to Paper 2. Below, please find a list of Paper 2 tips. However, you should be confident that your own notes from your lessons, along with past papers and your text book are the best tools you have for effective revision. Please also see some helpful slides I have shared on google classroom. You can do this!


  • This paper is 1 hour 30 minutes long.
  • There are 60 marks available. 20 marks for your map question and 8 marks for each of the additional 5 questions.
  • ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS. No choice this time.
  • Read the paper through before you begin to get a feel for the paper.
  • You will be tested on any 5 of your 12 topics but there will be a mix of human and physical.
  • You do NOT need your case studies
  • You need to be practise interpreting graphs and especially photographs. Really practice studying them and describing what you can see, including the obvious.
  • When describing trends, begin with the overall pattern and then zoom in. Support with statistics.
  • Look out for how many marks each question is worth. As with Paper 1, 1 mark = 1 separate point. And yes, if it is a 6 mark question on a photograph, make at the very least 6 separate observations. Try and get 8 to play safe.
  • READ THE QUESTION CAREFULLY. What exactly are they asking? What information can you provide?
  • Don’t leave any questions blank. Move on with the paper if you get stuck but ensure you return to the question and always have a go. An educated guess is always better than nothing.
  • As always, never stop until you have checked it all through thoroughly (if you have time) You owe that to yourself.


  • DON’T SPEND TOO LONG ON THE MAP QUESTION! It’s easy to get stressed out about calculating a slope gradient or a cross section but it’s never worth spending more than a minute and a half per mark. You can pick up the marks more easily elsewhere. Have a go, but move on (think Pac-man! Get those marks!)
  • When studying the map, always draw on it the area or line they are asking you to focus on to help you concentrate (you are perfectly entitled to draw all over the map). Use the grid references to help you pinpoint the location or the corners of your area.
  • You will always need the map’s key to identify most landforms. Don’t assume you recognise the symbol. They vary hugely. Check the key.
  • Remember: the closer the contours, the steeper the slope
  • Don’t forget to state the obvious e.g. the river flows east or it starts narrow and gets wider etc.
  • 1:25,000 means 1 cm = 250m or 0.25km.
  • 1:50,000 means 1 cm = 500m or 0.5km.
  • Check the unit of measurement before you write your answer. Always add it unless it is written in for you.
  • Show your workings out. Every step.

Additional tips: PAPER 2 TIPS

Good luck! You are going to be BRILLIANT!


Revision websites:

Geography pods (IGCSE geography) ( a new favourite – love the layout!)

Geography revision cards

Case studies galore

Exam structure

Test yourself at BBC Bitesize

Question bank


CIE geography syllabus 2017-19

Mrs Corpas’ complete IGCSE case studies

Case studies complete list 2018




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