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Unit 1 Section A Unit 1 Exam questions – Section A Cameron Dunn, Chief Examiner.

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1 Unit 1 Section A Unit 1 Exam questions – Section A Cameron Dunn, Chief Examiner

2 Unit 1 Section A What do I have to do? 6 questions totalling 65 marks; each question 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.

3 Unit 1 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.

4 Unit 1 Section A 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.

5 Unit 1 Section A Question types: Longer The majority of the Section A marks will come from questions worth 4-6marks. These will be a little more open:

6 Unit 1 Section A 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.

7 Unit 1 Section A 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

8 Unit 1 Section A 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

9 Unit 1 Section A

10 Pitfalls 2: Command Words Describe 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:

11 Unit 1 Section A 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:

12 Unit 1 Section A 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

13 Unit 1 Section A Extended points = 2 marks rather than 1 adding an example, additional facts, or more detailed explanation.

14 Unit 1 Section A 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.


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