TABLE 6–1 Six Components of an A-Level Physics Examination

Component

Title

No. of Questions or Tasks

Time

Weight in Marks

Description

A

Coded Answer

40

75 min.

20%

Multiple choice questions, all to be attempted.

B

Short Answer

7 or 8

90 min.

20%

Short with structured subcomponents, fixed space for answer, all to be attempted.

C

Comprehension

3

150 min.

24%

a) Answer questions on a new passage.

b) Analyze and draw conclusions from a set of presented data.

c) Explain phenomena described in short paragraphs: select 3 from 5.

D

Practical Problems

8

90 min.

16%

Short problems with equipment set up in a laboratory, all to be attempted.

E

Investigation

1

About 2 weeks

10%

In normal school laboratory time, investigate a problem of the student’s own choice.

F

Project Essay

1

About 2 weeks

10%

In normal school time, research and write about a topic chosen by the student.

 

SOURCE: Adapted from Morland (1994).

this particular physics examination is now subject to change,8 combining the results of external tests with classroom assessments of particular aspects of achievement for which a short formal test is not appropriate is an established feature of achievement testing systems in the United Kingdom and

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Because the whole structure of the 16–18 examinations is being changed, this examination and the curriculum on which it is based, which have been in place for 30 years, will no longer be in use after 2001. They will be replaced by a new curriculum and examination, based on the same principles.



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