10 Marks with an Item

Applying material from the item, analyse two

It is extremely important as part of your study to plan out exam style questions. There is no point writing out a full answer and spending hours on it if you are unsure of what the question is asking or if you are heading in a tangent to what is required.

In the 10 markers with item questions, you must relate each of your points to an element from the item. Without this link, you are unlikely to receive marks as the question is explicit in saying you must “Apply material from the item”. 


When planning for this question, you need to remember that the item is not there to give you the answers, this is not a comprehension question. It is there to provide evidence and support to your answer. Therefore the planning process for this style question is as follows:

  • Deconstruct the Question – So that you know what it is you are being asked to do.
  • Identify possible answers – Just like you would with a 10 marker without item.
  • Look for the hooks in the Item – There is no point in looking for the hooks before you know what to look for.


The structure of this question is not dissimilar to that of the 10 marker without item.

This question requires TWO clear paragraphs, which answer the question directly and follows this format:

  • POINT – Answer the question using terms from the question.
  • EXPLAIN – How does this answer the question.
  • APPLY – Use examples, Sociologists and studies to illustrate your point or explanation, where appropriate
  • LINK – You must link both paragraphs to elements in the item. This must be explicit and clear that you are taking information from the item, by using the term “the item”, you do not have to quote, you can paraphrase but it must be explicit and must flow with the rest of your paragraph. This should sit in your paragraph where it best fits

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