So, once again, exam season is upon us. The course has been covered, all texts studied and we’re ready to rock ‘n’ roll. Yes? Well, no, not exactly. In the Higher English exam, pupils will have to sit a Close Reading (Comprehension) paper for one hour and forty five minutes and write two Critical Essays on Literature in ninety minutes. It’s a grueling challenge but one which is achievable if they are prepared and have worked hard. The spanner in the works is always the question which throws them, of course, and, for some, the indecision that that causes eats up much of their valuable time.