We invite you to look carefully at the annals of the exam questions that have fallen in the Sciences Po Network’s competitive exams.
Indeed, it is with practice and experience that you will be able to better understand the expectations of this very special and new test, the Contemporary Questions.
To help you, we present here a few typical questions that are likely to be encountered during the exam. Ideally, you can write an outline for each of these questions (and not just pick your favorites, you will not have a choice on D-Day), setting yourself a 15-minute timer, for example. This will allow you to be aware of the challenge that awaits you, and to see what points of improvement you can make. Once your work is done, it would obviously be rewarding for you to try to improve it, either by discussing it, for example in the comments of this article, or by doing some additional research.
After these explanations, here are our mock exam for the 2021 theme of Revolutions, paired with the theme of The Secret.
→ Mock exam on The Secret
White Topics Revolutions
- Are revolutions democratic?
- Is a society without revolutions healthy?
- Should the state prevent revolutions?
- Are revolutions the condition of progress?
- Is there a duty to revolt?
→ Method in Contemporary Issues
Mixed White Topics Revolutions and Fear
- Are revolutions the result of fear?
- Should the state be afraid of revolutions?
- Does fear serve or prevent social revolutions?
Mixed White Topics Revolutions and Secrecy
- Does state secrecy prevent revolutions?
- Do revolutions escape the public?
- Are there secret revolutions?
Is your head bubbling already? Then do not waste time, and grab a pen while your motivation is still alive. [wpdiscuz-feedback id=”q1gijgyc58″ question=”What question did you come up with for which plan?” opened=”0″]Ideally, share your ideas in the comments right here[/wpdiscuz-feedback], we will respond to as many outlines as possible, and the other candidate readers of the site can share their opinions as well.
It is indeed a very useful exercise for yourself to look at all the outlines proposed below, and to give your opinion to improve the outline of the others. This sharing of ideas and helping each other out will be extremely beneficial to you on Saturday, as it will help you think on your feet.
If you have trouble coming up with something, try anyway! This is indeed an additional reason, the exercise will be even more useful to you than to those who already have the outline. Indeed, to complete the assignment in time, you should ideally reach a kind of automatism when reading the questions, in order to reduce the draft part on the day of the exam, and increase the writing part.
This automaticity comes from practice and experience, so take some time to try out the topics. The first few minutes are the hardest, but as you get your ideas down on paper, the rest will come much easier. Good luck!