Modern World IGCSE History Revision: 2024

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IGCSE Modern World History Revision: 2024

The Cambridge IGCSE Modern World History Examination consists of two papers.

Paper 1 (two hours) - Structured Questions

In Paper 1, you are required to answer THREE questions in the (a) Describe, (b) Explain, (c) Assess format.
You have 40 minutes to answer each of these three questions (i.e. two hours in total).

Section A: Core Content (answer TWO questions from this section)

You will answer two questions from a range of topics in the 20th century.

Were the peace treaties fair?

How successful was the League in the 1920s?

How successful was the League in the 1930s?

Section B: Depth Study (answer ONE question from this section)

You will choose one question from a choice of two from the Depth Study you have covered in class. For example, if you have studied Germany 1918-1945, it is likely that one question will focus on "The Weimar Republic and the Rise of Hitler" whilst the other will be on "The Nazi Regime".


Weimar Germany


Nazi Germany

Each of the three questions you answer in this paper will be broken into three parts:

(a) Describe (4 marks) > four developed points

(b) Explain (6 marks) > two detailed explanations

(c) Assess (10 marks) > three interpretations, plus a conclusion

Interactive Paper 1 question practice:
Describe [4] [practice questions] | Explain [6] [practice questions] | Assess [10] [practice questions]

Paper 2 (1hr45m) - Sourcework

Students answer five questions based around a topic from the 19th Century option, or the 20th Century option, depending on what they have studied in class.

For examination in Summer 2024, the prescribed topics are as follows:

Nineteenth century Core content (Option A)   Twentieth century Core content (Option B)

What caused the First World War?


How effectively did the United States contain the spread of communism?
[Korea | Cuba | Vietnam]

As well as the specific resources listed below, you could also try these quizzes:

Revision quizzes covering the entire course:
Play Your Dates Right Quiz (tests chronological understanding)
Who Am I? Challenge (tests knowledge of key individuals)




Paper 2 (sourcework questions, 1h45m): Why had international peace collapsed by 1939?


Why had international peace collapsed by 1939?

You will answer five compulsory sourcework questions.
When appropriate, you will use your background knowledge to evaluate and elaborate upon the sources.

The following resources will help you revise and develop your sourcework skills ready for the exam.

Source Overlay Template
Sourcework Skills Overview
Interactive Cartoon Analysis Tool
Origin of Sources: Evaluation Worksheet
Purpose of Sources: Evaluation Worksheet
Nature of Sources: Evaluation Worksheet
Sourcework Question Markschemes
2 Key Cartoonists: Low and Partridge

Other revision sites recommended by ActiveHistory

BBC GCSE Bitesize History John D. Clare Revision Website Mr. Allsop History
Great quick-fire revision tests. Excellent summaries of key topics. The revision podcasts in particular are absolutely superb!


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