Yr11 Revision Questions

Here is a sample of the types of questions you may get in your upcoming GCSE PE Exam. Look at the key words in the question, how many marks is the question worth; is the question asking you to simple name a 'factor' or is it asking you to define, describe, explain or discuss?

It is important the you use your test papers from throughout the course to practice exam questions along with the question provided here.

1. (a) Select a different component of Skill Related Fitness to complete each of the following statements:

(i) A high jumper needs ........................................... at take off to achieve the height to clear the bar.

(ii) Racket players need ........................................... to move the hand holding the racket to the right place to strike the ball correctly.

(iii) Footballers need ........................................... to beat their opponents to the ball.

(iv) A gymnast needs ........................................... to maintain her position on a beam.

(b) Figure 2 shows performers in two different activities. Agility is more important to the games players than the sprinters.

(i) Explain the term agility.
(ii) Give a specific example when a games player would use agility during a match.                                

(iii) Explain why agility is not important to a 100m sprinter.

(Total question 1 : 7 marks)

2. (a) The principles of training are used to improve health, fitness and performance.                                 

(i) Explain how the principle of overload could improve fitness.

(ii) Explain how the principle of rest and recovery can help to maintain health.

(iii) Explain how the principle of specificity could lead to improved performance.

(b) When would a performer experience the principle of reversibility?

(Total for question 2: 4 marks)

3. (a) The gymnast in Figure 3 is holding a position on the rings.

(i) What type of muscle contraction is taking place to allow the gymnast to hold this position?

(ii) What method of training would the gymnast use to develop the component of fitness necessary to support him in this position?

(b) (i) What would be the most likely training method for a 100m sprinter to use, on the track, to improve his performance?

(ii) How does this method of training match the needs of the sprinter?

(Total for question 3: 4 marks)

4. (a) What types of sports injuries or conditions have the following common symptoms?

(b) Swelling of tissue, distortion of natural shape and difficulty in moving the injured part.
(c) Thirst, dry lips, confusion
(d) Pain around the elbow joint
(e) What types of injuries are treated using R.I.C.E?
(f) What do the letters R.I.C.E. stand for?

(Total for question 4:  4 marks)

5. The performer shown in Figure 6 is about to play a shot.
Figure 6

(a) Which component of health-related exercise is essential to allow her to reach the


(b) Unfortunately as the performer stretches she has to stop suddenly due to great
     pain in her hamstrings.

   What type of injury is she likely to have sustained?

(c) When injured some performers may be tempted to take drugs to allow them to
       maintain their training.

(d) What type (class) of drug would a performer take to mask or hide pain?

(e) State two reasons why performers should not take this type of drug.

Reason 1

Reason 2

(f) If performers have taken an illegal drug they may also take diuretics.

Why might a performer take diuretics if they are taking another type of illegal drug?


6. Give one reason why the school hockey players take part in physical activity.

b. State whether this reason is social, physical or mental.

c. Some people continue to participate in sport as they get older.

Identify one factor that can influence people in sustaining their involvement in physical activity.
7.Which of the following is a correct statement in relation to Sport England’s ‘Start,

Stay, Succeed’ objectives?                                                                                                                      (1)

A. Start – plan so that every child starts the school day with physical activity to increase participation and improve health.

B. Start – increase the number of adults who start their day with exercise.

C. Stay – aim to keep officials working in sport so that development costs are reduced.

D. Succeed – create opportunities for talented performers to achieve success.

8. Describe the principles of specificty and individual needs and explain why they are important.                                                                                                                                         (6)

10. The correct target zone for an endurance athlete is 120 : 160bpm, how old is the athlete?                 (1)

A. 15

B. 20

C. 25

D. 40