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Example Candidate Responses
(Standards Booklet)
Cambridge International AS Level General Paper

8001 and 8004

Cambridge Advanced

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Contents
Introduction .......................................................................................................................... 2 Assessment at a glance ....................................................................................................... 3 Paper 1 ................................................................................................................................. 5 Paper 2 ............................................................................................................................... 60

Introduction

Introduction
The main aim of this booklet is to exemplify standards for those teaching Cambridge International AS Level General Paper (8001 and 8004), and to show how different levels of candidates’ performance relate to the subject’s curriculum and assessment objectives. In this booklet candidate responses have been chosen as far as possible to exemplify a range of different grades. Each response is accompanied by a brief commentary explaining the strengths and weaknesses of the answers. For ease of reference the following format for each paper of the subject has been adopted: Question

Mark scheme

Example candidate response

Examiner comment

Each question is followed by an extract of the mark scheme used by Examiners. This, in turn, is followed by an example of a candidate response with an examiner comment on performance. Comments are given to indicate where and why marks were awarded, and how additional marks could have been obtained. In this way, it is possible to understand what candidates have done to gain their marks and what they still have to do to improve their grades.

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Cambridge International AS Level General Paper 8001 and 8004

Assessment at a glance

Assessment at a glance Cambridge International AS Level General Paper Syllabus code 8001 All candidates take Paper 1 1 hour 15 minutes Written examination. Twelve questions [NB. ten questions from 2014]. Candidates must answer one. Essays should be between 500 and 800 words in length. Total marks: 50 Weighting: 50% and Paper 2 Written examination. Three questions. Candidates must answer one. Total marks: 50 Weighting: 50% 1 hour 30 minutes

Candidates are tested on their understanding and use of English, and the extent to which they are able to think maturely as appropriate for this level. They are not primarily tested on their general knowledge. The examination time takes into account the need for candidates to study the questions and think before starting to write. This syllabus is examined in the October/November examination session.

Cambridge International AS Level General Paper Syllabus code 8004 Written examination 2 hours The exam paper is divided into three sections, each section comprising five questions [NB. four questions from 2014]. Candidates must choose two questions, each from a different section. Each essay should be about 500 to 600 words in length. Per question, up to 30 marks are awarded for content and up to 20 marks for English. Each question is weighted at 50% of the final mark. Candidates are tested on their understanding and use of English, and the extent to which they are able to think maturely as appropriate for this level. They are not primarily tested on their general knowledge. The examination time takes into account the need for candidates to study the questions and think before starting to write. This...
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