Exams & Revision

External Assessment

This section of the website offers some guidance on the nature of the external assessment for this course and some ideas about how to prepare students for it. This along with some activities for revision! First we check the details and then what follows explains what other pages you can find in this section. Navigate through the pages using the menu on the left. With the recent change in syllabus there is a little yet to be learned about the exam papers and I expect this section of the site to grow as the syllabus beds in.

Assessment details

Here is a simple outline of the details and how they all fit together.

The assessment of the course is split in to 3 distinct parts that are weighted as follows

  • Paper 1, 90 minutes- 40%
  • Paper 2, 90 minutes - 40%
  • Internal Assessment - 20%

The two exam papers are typically taken on successive days with paper 1 in the afternoon and paper 2 in the morning of the following day.

A Graphical Display Calculator (GDC) is allowed for both papers.

Students are provided with a copy of the information booklet.

Paper 1 consists of 15 short response questions worth six marks each and can draw on any area of the syllabus. Responses are written on the exam paper.

Paper 2 consists on 6 longer response questions worth a total of 90 marks and can draw on any area of the syllabus. Responses are written on separate lined paper and graph paper as required. No responses should not be written on the question paper.

Students are expected to show their calculator screens with RAM cleared on entry to the exam as well as demonstrating that they only have allowed applications. *Note for TI users, clearing the RAM returns the calculator to working in radians and turns diagnostics off. Both of these need to be put right as soon as students enter the room. The latter stops the calculator showing all the required results for linear regression.

Students are given 5 minutes reading time before the 90 minutes start. This should be used well!

Follow links to see more on the following,

 Common errors

This is a good list to be familiar with so you can easily help students to try and avoid these mistakes!

 Paper 1

This page gives the run down on paper one and ways to approach it.

 Paper 2

This page gives the run down on paper two and ways to approach it.

 Resources for revision

This page offers some ideas and resources to help in the final stages of revising and preparing for an exam!

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Comments 2

Grant Fossum 19 September 2016 - 13:20

Is there a good rule of thumb of how many marks out of the paper they should shoot for to get each score? IE what would equal a 4,5,6, or 7?
Also, are each of the seven topics approximately the same percentage weight?
Sorry, this may all be elsewhere.

Jim Noble 21 September 2016 - 07:38

Hi Grant, all good questions....
1) So the pass marks do vary from year to year with the difficulty level of the paper. Some years are definitely a little more challenging than others, without major variation. I use - and I stress this is just me - 85% for 7, 75% 6, 60% for 5 and 45 - 50% for 4 BUT this obviously depends on the paper you set. It is very difficult to be really consistent with this. These boundaries are often lower. DO check out the examiner reports for each year (on the OCC) to get this information for specific years.
2) So you have made want to look for a reference to this about coverage, so I will. BUT I think that every year, almost everything on the syllabus gets tested at least once. Obviously there is more stats because there are 2 stats units on the course.
Thanks for your questions - Happy to hear from other users with input on this, Jim


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