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The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) History Revolutions Exam accounts for 50 per cent of the final grade for Australian students studying this History course.

There are two basic elements that will determine how successful you are in the final examination.

Firstly, you need to know the historical content of your selected two revolutions. Secondly, your exam technique is also important – in that you must approach the exam in a systematic and effective manner to captialise on your knowledge base.

Historical Knowledge

During the year, you will have studied two of the following four revolutions: France, America, Russia, China.

Gather your notes and other resources for each revolution and compile them separately. As there is no comparison of the revolutions on the exam, you can keep each revolution distinct from each other.

Further break down your notes on each revolution into the two areas of study. The first area of study covers the period up to the revolution in “Revolutionary Ideas, Movements, People and Events.” The second area of study for each revolutions covers the period after the revolution in “Creating a New Society.”

Ensure that you are totally familiar with the content for your two revolutions and the two areas of study on each. You can check the History section of the official VCE Study Design to remind you about what you should have covered in terms of content in each area of study.

Re-read your textbooks, summarise each chapter into notes that you can understand and see if you can memorise relevant quotes, statistics, dates and examples of each section of the area of study. Adding evidence and examples to your exam responses will lift your marks above those who only provide general answers.

There are plenty of audio podcasts on the internet that can be a quick way to revise your knowledge without having to read more written material. The BBC Bitesize website, for example, has some great historically accurate short podcasts on the Russian Revolution. They are just a few minutes each and are ideal for quick last minute content revision.

Exam Technique

The final exam paper is quite complex in terms of its layout, as students should realise as they approach the examination date.

The History Revolutions examination paper can be a little confusing if you aren’t familiar with the format, and if you don’t attack it in a clear and systematic way. It’s therefore important that you fully use your 15 minutes of reading time to understand the layout of the paper and to focus on which countries you are going to tackle in each section.

The exam paper is broken into two halves: Section A and Section. B.

You need to choose one country’s revolution in Section A. In Section B, you focus only on the other revolution that you studied in class.

In Section A, you will do two one-page answers on the first area of study of one revolution. This is worth 20 marks. You will also complete an analysis task on the second area of study on the same revolution – also worth 20 marks.

In Section B, you tackle the other revolution studied this year. The first part asks you to complete an analysis on the first area of study (20 marks), while for the second area of study you need to complete an essay or pay someone to write my essay response to the set question topic (also 20 marks).

Time Management in the Exam

Make sure you organise your time well in the examination room. Ignore all the other sections on the exam paper. Don’t get distracted reading the questions on other revolutions that you did not study this year!

As the writing time for the exam is two hours’ duration, allocate one hour for each of the Sections. Then break this time down into 30 minutes for each 20-mark part that you need to complete. Make sure you stick to a time schedule so that you get all questions completed.

Try to allow a few minutes at the end to read through your responses and make any corrections.

Where Can I Get Sample Exam Papers?

Past examination papers and examiner reports can be found in the History Revolutions exam section of the VCAA website. Just keep in mind that prior to 2009, the format of the History Revolutions exam was slightly different to the current design.

It’s a good idea to make sure you are totally familiar with the format of the papers beforehand and complete some practice papers during the revision period.

Good luck with your revision and make sure you tackle the examination paper with confidence!