The N5 and Higher Critical Reading Paper should be longer
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Currently, the Critical Reading paper for both National 5 and Higher exams is 1 hour and 30 minutes long and candidates are expected to answer questions on their Set Text, and write a Critical Essay on another text. This is just not enough time as many candidates are forced to rush their answers and are then unable to display all of their knowledge and skills, and possibly have illegible handwriting. The National 5 and Higher English qualifications are some of the most highly sought after, and it may be that some candidates cannot reach their target grades because they do not have the ability to write fast enough; a skill that should not be part of the requirements in the exam.
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