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1 Resources for Teaching Ltd www.ocrict.org A2 Exam Technique Use of Examination Technique to Improve Your Grades

2 Resources for Teaching Ltd www.ocrict.org What is Exam Technique? Using a set of techniques to increase the mark you get in the exam Being able to identify what is required in an answer Targeting your answers to the question Learning how to answer questions the way the examiner intended them to be answered

3 Resources for Teaching Ltd www.ocrict.org Why is Exam Technique Important? You may have the knowledge but not be able to put it down in words Exam technique can gain you up to 8% more on the exam – this is the equivalent of one grade – No additional knowledge is required, it is just a different way of writing your answers The examiner – If your answer is clear and covers the marking points it will get all the marks – If your answer is vague and full of waffle it will lose marks – Make it easy for the examiner to mark and award you marks

4 Resources for Teaching Ltd www.ocrict.org The A2 ICT Paper Time: – 2 Hours Style: – Lines to write on – Unlike AS no leading words on the lines – Part A – structured knowledge based answers – Part B - context Context: – Your answers should be written within the context

5 Resources for Teaching Ltd www.ocrict.org Key Words Identify, State, Give – Single word/phrase answers Give more than asked Do not contradict Describe – State, in a sentence Evaluate – Give reasons and draw conclusion Compare – Pick a feature, compare each to the feature Explain – Describe, with reasons – Depending on the question – unless otherwise asked, give advantages and disadvantages Discuss – Explain, with a conclusion

6 Resources for Teaching Ltd www.ocrict.org Hints and Tips Do not cross anything out – If you have made a mistake, do not cross it out – Leave it and write the new answer underneath – Draw a line down the side of it but do not cross it out – You can write a comment to the examiner saying: Mark this first – If you cross it out it will not be marked May have some marks in it that you would not receive Do not doodle Remember the AS exam technique

7 Resources for Teaching Ltd www.ocrict.org AS Exam Technique Revision Remember the Key Words Look at the number of marks available – Take the number of marks, half and add to total That is the number of points to make If the question is out of 4 – 4+2=6 – make six points Make sure you have answered the question that has been set – Re-read the question – does your answer have enough points to get the marks and have you answered the question

8 Resources for Teaching Ltd www.ocrict.org Summary Write to the end of the examination Try and get the balance between knowledge and application of knowledge Bring in examples – A2 allows you to express your wider knowledge and understanding of the subject


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