Unit 1 Exam questions – Section A  Cameron Dunn, Chief Examiner
What do I have to do?  <ul><li>6 questions totalling 65 marks; each question 10-12 marks split into sub- parts ‘a’, ‘b’ et...
Question types:  Objective Items  <ul><li>There are a few - possibly totalling 5-6 marks, as in Jan 2009 </li></ul><ul><li...
Questions types:  Quick-fire 2 or 3-markers  <ul><li>About 15 marks from 2-3 mark questions.  </li></ul><ul><li>These ofte...
Question types:  Longer  <ul><li>The majority of the Section A marks will come from questions worth 4-6marks. </li></ul><u...
<ul><li>Write to the  mark allocation  - 5 marks = 5 points etc.  </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t write too much. </li></ul><ul><l...
Pitfalls 1:  Resources  <ul><li>Remember that Section A uses Stimulus resources – there will be 6 of these (Figures), one ...
<ul><li>Figures have a nasty habit of tripping some candidates up, usually because they are rushing and: </li></ul><ul><li...
 
Pitfalls 2:  Command Words  <ul><li>D escribe  and  explain  are sometimes confused leading to answers which fail to score...
Pitfalls 3:  Key words  <ul><li>Some key words and geographical terminology can cause problems.  </li></ul><ul><li>In Janu...
Pitfalls 4:  Range of reasons  <ul><li>4 and 5 mark questions require a  range  of points  </li></ul><ul><li>OR  several e...
<ul><li>Extended points = 2 marks rather than 1 </li></ul><ul><li>adding an example, additional facts,  or more detailed e...
Summary  <ul><li>Timing – spend no more than 1 hour on section A  </li></ul><ul><li>Examine the resources carefully – look...
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Unit 1 Exam Questions – Section A

  1. 1. Unit 1 Exam questions – Section A Cameron Dunn, Chief Examiner
  2. 2. What do I have to do? <ul><li>6 questions totalling 65 marks; each question 10-12 marks split into sub- parts ‘a’, ‘b’ etc </li></ul><ul><li>3 on World at Risk </li></ul><ul><li>3 on Going Global </li></ul><ul><li>Maximum mark for a sub-part 5-6 marks </li></ul><ul><li>Quality of written communication not assessed </li></ul><ul><li>You have around 1 hour to complete Section A. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Question types: Objective Items <ul><li>There are a few - possibly totalling 5-6 marks, as in Jan 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Often they will be linked to a resource and will be data based. Read them carefully. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Questions types: Quick-fire 2 or 3-markers <ul><li>About 15 marks from 2-3 mark questions. </li></ul><ul><li>These often focus on: </li></ul><ul><li>definitions / the meaning of key terms </li></ul><ul><li>Listing factors , benefits, costs etc.. </li></ul><ul><li>Picking key information from a resource. </li></ul><ul><li>The approach should be to use as few words as possible ; there is no need to spend time on nicely structured writing style. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Question types: Longer <ul><li>The majority of the Section A marks will come from questions worth 4-6marks. </li></ul><ul><li>These will be a little more open: </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Write to the mark allocation - 5 marks = 5 points etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t write too much. </li></ul><ul><li>In January 2009 evidence some candidates spent too long on some section A 4-5 mark questions. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Pitfalls 1: Resources <ul><li>Remember that Section A uses Stimulus resources – there will be 6 of these (Figures), one for each question. </li></ul><ul><li>They will be a mixture of: </li></ul><ul><li>Maps </li></ul><ul><li>Graphs </li></ul><ul><li>Data tables </li></ul><ul><li>Photographs </li></ul><ul><li>Diagrams / Cartoons </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Figures have a nasty habit of tripping some candidates up, usually because they are rushing and: </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t bother to read the Figure title </li></ul><ul><li>Ignore or mis-read keys, scales and axes labels </li></ul><ul><li>Ignore the resource altogether </li></ul>
  9. 10. Pitfalls 2: Command Words <ul><li>D escribe and explain are sometimes confused leading to answers which fail to score marks using the Section A points mark schemes. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you don’t drift into explanation when you have been asked to describe: </li></ul>
  10. 11. Pitfalls 3: Key words <ul><li>Some key words and geographical terminology can cause problems. </li></ul><ul><li>In January 2009 the word ecological caused a few difficulties with many candidates not quite grasping its specific meaning: </li></ul>
  11. 12. Pitfalls 4: Range of reasons <ul><li>4 and 5 mark questions require a range of points </li></ul><ul><li>OR several extended points </li></ul><ul><li>This candidate hasn’t quite grasped extended points </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>Extended points = 2 marks rather than 1 </li></ul><ul><li>adding an example, additional facts, or more detailed explanation. </li></ul>
  13. 14. Summary <ul><li>Timing – spend no more than 1 hour on section A </li></ul><ul><li>Examine the resources carefully – look twice, answer once. </li></ul><ul><li>Move through the 1-3 mark questions quickly and efficiently – do not spend long writing </li></ul><ul><li>Spot the command words – especially the difference between describe an explain </li></ul><ul><li>Remember the mark allocation – 4/5 mark questions require answers with a range of points to gain full marks. </li></ul>

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