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  1. Feb 21, 2008 #1
    anyone got any tip before the test?? it will happen at march the 5th

    what is the best way to achieve my best grade possible?
     
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  3. Feb 21, 2008 #2
    I dun think this belongs here, but I have the impression that biology is 98% memorisation and 2% concept haha.
     
  4. Feb 21, 2008 #3

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    GCSE biology certainly is a lot of memorisation of diagrams and labels and concepts. A lot of revision normally helps. One can download past exam papers and mark sheets from the exam board websites which will help you see where you're at in terms of your knowledge.
     
  5. Feb 21, 2008 #4
    Kurdt is correct, the best way to revise for an exam is to do some past papers, they firstly give you a good indication on how questions will be set out and secondly you sometimes find similar questions appearing over and over. The most important thing is to space your revision out into smaller segments or topics, this allows you to go through everything in the course.I achieved an A grade at GCSE Biology, I have listed a few useful sites that should help you out. Just be sure to check if they apply to your course, I used these for my revision but if it does not apply to your course then make sure you are not wasting your time.

    S-Cool (The name does it no justice!)

    BBC Bitesize
     
  6. Feb 21, 2008 #5

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    You Brits all talk funny. Revise is what we do to fix mistakes. To prepare for an exam, we study. :biggrin:

    You can visit the biology forum if you need help with concepts, but I have no idea what a GCSE exam even is, so can't help much with that part. I'd be very disappointed if whatever it is could be passed just with memorization, though.
     
  7. Feb 21, 2008 #6

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    Check out some past papers.

    http://www.aqa.org.uk/qual/gcse/sci_da_m_assess.php

    We revise because we revisit things already covered in class :biggrin:
     
  8. Feb 21, 2008 #7

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    Wow, what educational level is that meant for? Those are some of the easiest biology exam questions I've ever seen. I don't think I've seen anything that easy since elementary school (which would be appropriate if that is given to elementary students). "This is a picture of a rabbit." That had me cracking up!
     
  9. Feb 21, 2008 #8
    I was thinking the same thing, they do seem pretty darn easy. By the looks of those questions if you study at all you should be more than fine. But seriously what grade are those for? On the other hand I did like how they said if you did not use properly worded english and terminology you would be docked marks.
     
  10. Feb 21, 2008 #9

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    Thats aimed at 16 years olds. There are three tiers you may notice. Perhaps a look at the syllabus would have been better but to me theres not much difference between tiers.
     
  11. Feb 21, 2008 #10

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    Wow, I was thinking it was more aimed at 11 or 12 year olds. That's an extremely easy exam then. No wonder you all make fun of biology...there's a LOT more to it than what that is testing.

    I was rather shocked, though, that they make you take a fill-in-the-bubble exam with a PEN! And then go into elaborate instructions on what to do if you change your mind, and then change your mind again. Why don't they just require pencil so you can erase if you change your mind?
     
  12. Feb 21, 2008 #11

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    Because I think (but I'm not sure) that you can get credit for getting the right answer but crossing it out and putting something else.

    EDIT: That makes no sense. I'm thinking of a different exam :rolleyes: Any way, those ones with the circles are marked by computer so I guess black ink is compulsory for the scanner to see it properly.
     
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  13. Feb 21, 2008 #12

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    :rofl: That would be interesting. My strategy on any I didn't know then would be to mark them all and pick one as a final answer and hope to get credit for guessing. I do feel sorry for my students, though, when I see they wrote the correct answer initially and then crossed it out and put the wrong one. I can't give them credit for it, because they clearly didn't know it well enough if they changed the answer, but I do sympathize.

    Odd. I've never encountered a scanner that required only black ink. We have ones that supposedly only read #2 pencil, though, but I've seen them pick up ink. Do you get the answer sheets back? Maybe it's to prevent cheating by changing the answer after getting the exam back and then contesting the grading? (In larger courses where this is occassionally a problem, we just xerox the answer sheets before turning them back).
     
  14. Feb 21, 2008 #13

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    When I did GCSE we never got the papers back. They were externally marked and all you got was your grade. I don't know how they do it these days but I doubt if a student will get their original answer paper back.
     
  15. Feb 21, 2008 #14

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    Years ago we used a special pencil called a "mark sense" pencil, it was an IBM technology. It was for reading the marked bubbles by computers.
     
  16. Feb 25, 2008 #15
    thank you for all your help best wish for my test
    examination at March 5th 2008
     
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