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