In addition to the appreciation of unprepared poetry and prose, some exam syllabi require you to write an essay on a piece of unseen drama.

As with prose and poetry, this may involve writing about one extract or the comparison of two extracts. All three styles of literature require the same level of close analysis and careful reading, and thus the skills needed for all three are very similar.

Obviously however, each genre has its own particular elements and requirements. Below you will find all of the areas that you need to consider in order to obtain a high mark.

The most important issue to remember when reading the scene is that it is meant to be performed.

This may sound obvious, but often A level English candidates lose sight of this fact. Students lose marks for writing about the events in a scene as if it were a novel, not acknowledging the staging or the audience.