Practice Exam Paper 1 for Pearson Edexcel GCSE Music (2016 Specification)
This 44 page resource contains one complete practice paper and accompanying mark scheme for the Component 3: Appraising exam that students will sit as part of the assessment for the 2016 Pearson Edexcel GCSE Music (9-1) qualification. The questions in this paper are based upon the style and wording of those found in the sample assessment materials provided by the exam board so as to help prepare students as much as possible for their exam.

This resource includes one complete practice paper and a comprehensive mark scheme to accompany each of the questions.

The following breakdown provides a summary of the set works covered in each question:
• Question 1: John Williams, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
• Question 2: Afro Celt Sound System, ‘Release’ from the album Release.
• Question 3: Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, ‘Pathétique’, first movement.
• Question 4: J. S. Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, 3rd movement.
• Question 5: ‘Defying Gravity’ from Wicked.
• Question 6: Queen, ‘Killer Queen’ from the album Sheer Heart Attack.
• Question 9: J. S. Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, 3rd movement.

The complete question paper is included within the teacher guide for reference, and a separate copy of the complete paper is available as a separate file which can be printed or for students.

Audio files
Unfortunately, for reasons of copyright, this resource does not have an accompanying audio CD or sound files. However, full details of the recording used, and the timings required for each extract are given in this book to make it easy for teachers to compile their own audio CD. For the set work questions, the recording used is from the Pearson Anthology CD, meaning no additional purchase of material be necessary for the majority of questions. For question 8 and 9 (the unfamiliar listening questions), the recording has been selected as one that can be easily found and purchased as an MP3 download online at very low cost. For best results, you may wish to edit each extract and mix them onto a single recording with announcements at the beginning of each playing.

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Update 19/06/2018: updated to reflect confirmation that the extracts in Section B will each be played three times, contrary to what appears in the Sample Assessment Materials. A minor error in the total number of marks for question 9 has also been corrected.
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