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  • 1. Science School Certificate 2010
    Preparation guide
  • 2. The Science Exam
    The Science SC consists of 3 parts.
    Section 1: 60 marks
    Part A: 50 Multiple Choice questions
    Part B: 10 one word response questions
    Section 2 : 40 marks
    Short and long response questions
    Time: 2 hours plus 10 minutes reading
  • 3. Examples of Multiple Choice
    1 What is the most appropriate piece of equipment to accurately measure 85 mL of water?
    (A) 10 mL measuring cylinder
    (B) 100 mL measuring cylinder
    (C) 100 mL beaker
    (D) 250 mL beaker
  • 4. Six steps are involved in applying a scientific process to a problem. In the box below, each step has been given a number, but the steps are not in the correct sequence.
    1 Gather experimental results
    2 Draw a conclusion
    3 Make a hypothesis
    4 Compare experimental results with the hypothesis
    5 Ask a question
    6 Design and carry out an experiment
    What is the correct sequence of steps?
    (A) 1, 3, 6, 5, 4, 2
    (B) 5, 3, 6, 1, 4, 2
    (C) 5, 6, 3, 1, 2, 4
    (D) 3, 5, 1, 6, 4, 2
  • 5.
    • Name the element that is present in both hydrochloric acid and sulphuric acid.
    • 6. What is the name given to the current scientific theory to explain how the universe began?
    • 7. Within Earth, magma is heated causing it to rise. It then cools and sinks. What is the name given for this type of movement of magma?
    • 8. What is the name of the group of substances that are used to determine if a solution is basic or acidic?
    • 9. What name do we give to any type of disease that can be passed from one person to another person?
  • Name a scientific theory and explain how a specific piece of evidence supports this theory. (3 marks)
    Theory of Gravity
    Theory of Evolution
    Theory of Plate Tecktonics
    Atomic Particle Theory
    Big Bang
  • 10. Some alternative energy sources are nuclear energy, wind energy and solar energy. Evaluate the environmental impacts of replacing fossil fuels with alternative energy sources. (7 marks)
    Plan answer
    Define terms (fossil fuels plus examples)
    Evaluate (positives and negative) of both fossil fuels and alternate sources with specific examples
    Final statement
  • 11. Where to start?
  • 12. Review your notes for yr 9 and 10
    Use the KISS resources
    Work through past papers
    Use the BOS site
    Booklets of revision (from your Science Teacher)
    Use the 8 lesson Revision program designed by you teacher (Starts Monday)
  • 13. KISS
    KISS is a complete summary of all content for yr 9 and 10
    Get a copy downloaded from the server. (Shared, Janison) See your Science Teacher
  • 14. BOSAn excellent site to practise questions
    • Graphing (Reading and drawing)
    Pie charts, Bar graphs, Line graphs (curve and line of best fit)
    • Flow Charts
    • 15. Placing a process into a flow chart
    • 16. Spreadsheets and data bases
    • 17. When to use a spreadsheet or a data base
    • 18. Experimental design
    • 19. Designing an experiment that is valid and reliable
    • 20. Control, variables, dependent and independent,
    • 21. Validity, reliability
  • Prescribed Focus AreasThe Big Mark Questions
    You will be asked to answer questions based on the Prescribed focus areas.
    the history of science
    the nature and practice of science
    applications and uses of science
    implications of science for society and the environment
    current issues, research and development.
  • 22. How to prepare for the big markers?
    Check all past SC papers – look at the 7 or 8 mark questions.
    Discuss in a group - possible answers
    Look at model answers : ‘top mark’ answers compared to ‘poorly answered’ responses
  • 23. Practise!