Structure / Exams overview for CIE A-level (AS and A2) Chemistry 2015

Source by Papers to be taken - table

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Paper 1 This paper will consist of 40 questions, thirty of the direct choice type and ten of the multiple completion type, all with four options. All questions will be based on the AS syllabus. Candidates will answer all questions.
Paper 2 This paper will consist of a variable number of structured questions of variable mark value.
All questions will be based on the AS syllabus. Candidates will answer all questions. Candidates will answer on the question paper.
Paper 3 – Advanced Practical Skills 1/2. In some examination sessions, two versions of the Advanced Practical Skills paper will be available, identified as Advanced Practical Skills 1 and Advanced Practical Skills 2, hence the terminology “Advanced Practical Skills 1/2”. In other sessions only Advanced Practical Skills 1 will be available.
These papers will be equivalent and each candidate will be required to take only one of them. KYUEM students are likely onto to take the first as we the numbers of our students is maintained at a small level. The existence of two papers is to allow large Centres to split candidates into two groups: one group will take Advanced Practical Skills 1, the other group will take Advanced Practical Skills 2. Each of these papers will be timetabled on a different day.
Each paper will consist of two or three experiments drawn from different areas of chemistry.
The examiners will not be restricted by the subject content. Candidates will answer all questions. Candidates will answer on the question paper. See the Practical Assessment section of the syllabus for full details.
Paper 4 This paper will consist of two sections.
Section A (70 marks) will consist of questions based on the A2 core syllabus but is not restricted to the A2 syllabus and may include material first encountered in the AS syllabus.
Section B (30 marks) will consist of questions based on Section 11 (of the syllabus) “Applications of Chemistry” but may include material first encountered in the core (AS and A2) syllabus.
Both sections will consist of a variable number of structured and free response style questions of variable mark value. Candidates will answer all questions. Candidates will answer on the question paper.
Paper 5 This paper will consist of a variable number of questions of variable mark value based on the practical skills of planning, analysis and evaluation. The examiners will not be restricted by the subject content.
Candidates will answer all questions. Candidates will answer on the question paper. I think it’s fair to say that much of this paper is a written examination of practical information/skills.

A2 papers (papers 4 and 5) will also cover AS material, so you MUST not forget your AS material! (this is fully understandable because the AS contains a lot of fundamental knowledge upon which A2 is built on, so the A2 content is obviously connected to AS)

The statement “The examiners will not be restricted by the subject content.” means that examiners can ask you about aspects of chemistry not mentioned in the syllabus, but you can apply your skills and knowledge gainsed on the course to these ‘unknown’ areas. For example a medicinal drug may be given that you’ve never seen before, but you should be able to identify its functional groups, and hence have a good understanding how it can react as you will have studied the reactions of those functional groups in the course.

 

Section 11, “Applications of Chemistry”, which will be covered in paper 4, will likely contain environmental based topics.  It’s likely an unfamiliar scientific concept/issue will be presented and you have to apply your knowledge and skills gained from this course to discuss/answer various parts of it.

A booklet covering Applications of Chemistry can be purchased from Cambridge or obtained free of charge from Cambridge’s Teacher Support site http://teachers.cie.org.uk

 

graphical breakdown - overview AS and A2 CIE 2015 exams

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