Write 10 paragraphs including an intro and conclusion.
Intro include background to the situation you are being asked about for example if you are writing about civil rights you should include points about segregation Jim Crow laws etc. Don't go too much into actually answering the question here but give a thesis ie what you think. Sticking with civil rights example if you are asked how race relations improved during the civil rights movement then give your thesis that race relations did or did not improve etc.
On the intro you can go slightly outside the date parameters within reason if your information is relevant.
Then write 8 paragraphs about the topic asked. Do not repeat yourself and make sure to frequently answer the question throughout, example if your'e writing about an event in the civil rights movement talk about how this event impacted race relations did it improve or worsen them and why
Then have a conclusion. You should put aside some extra information to include in your conclusion that you did not mention in the actual body of the essay that is relevant. Like in the conclusion you can within reason venture outside the date parameters here giving long term results etc. Such as with the racial conflict still in America today has full equality been achieved nationwide? A quote is always good here too. Wrap up your argument finally without repeating yourself.
For a H1 essay you're looking at around 5 pages minimum even in a test more like 5 and a half if you can get that much written in the time. At home get up to 6 so that if you don't remember some information then you still have enough information.
The reason for 10 paragraphs is that each paragraph is out of 12 and your cumulative mark is out of 60. Most paragraphs get between 6 and 8 so 10 has you pretty much guaranteed the full 60.
Do 10 and you're guaranteed 60/60. They mark all your paragraphs and add the total up. If you do 5 you have to get 12 for each paragraph and getting 12 for one paragraph is pretty much never done. 3 and a half isn't near enough to get you a good mark, you need to be onto at least the 5th page to have a chance at an A grade essay
yeah 5-6 pages would be the spec. also make sure to anaylse the information , dont just repeat it . for example dont just say that hitler had the SA leadership killed, say why and what happned . good opening and closing paragraphy are essential .