Guide for Students

REVISION CHECKLIST for IGCSE Biology 0610 A guide for students How to use this guide The guide describes what you need to know about your IGSCE Biology examination. It can be used to help you to plan your revision programme for the theory examinations and will explain what the examiners are looking for in the answers you write. It can also be used to help you revise by using the tick boxes in Section 3, ‘What you need to know?’, to check what you know and which topic areas of Biology you have covered. The guide contains the following sections: Section 1 - How will you be tested? This section will give you information about the different types of theory and practical examination Papers that are available.

Section 2 - What will you be tested on? This section describes the areas of knowledge, understanding and skills that you will be tested on.

Section 3 - What you need to know This shows the syllabus content in a simple way so that you can check: • the topics you need to know about • how the Extended syllabus (Supplement) differs from the Core syllabus • details about each topic in the syllabus • how much of the syllabus you have covered

Section 4 - Appendices This section covers the other things you need to know, including: • information about the mathematical skills you need • information about terminology, units and symbols, and the presentation of data • the importance of the command words the Examiners use in the examination papers Not all the information will be relevant to you. For example, you will need to select what you need to know in Sections 1 and 3, by finding out from your teacher which examination Papers you are taking.

Section 1 - How will you be tested? 1.1 The examinations you will take You will be entered for three examination Papers, two theory Papers and one practical Paper. You will need to ask your teacher which practical Paper you are taking. Nearer the time of the examination, you will also need to ask which theory Papers you are being entered for. If your teacher thinks that you should enter for the examination based on the Core syllabus, you will take Paper 1 (theory), Paper 2 (theory) and one of the practical Papers (4 or 5 or 6). If your teacher thinks that you should enter for the examination based on the Extended syllabus, you will take Paper 1 (theory), Paper 3 (theory) and one of the practical Papers (4 or 5 or 6). Whether you take Paper 2 or 3 will depend on the progress your teacher thinks you have made and which Paper most suits your particular strengths. You should discuss this with your teacher. 1.2 About the theory Papers The table gives you information about the theory Papers Paper number How long and how many marks? 45 minutes (40 marks) What’s in the paper? What’s the % of the total marks 30%

Paper 1

40 multiple-choice questions. You choose one answer you consider correct from a choice of 4 possible answers. Short-answer questions and structured questions. You should write your answers in the spaces provided. The Paper tests the Core syllabus. Short-answer questions and structured questions. You should write your answers in the spaces provided. The Paper tests topics in both the Core and Extended syllabus. see next table

Paper 2

1 ¼ hours (80 marks)

50% (you do either Paper 2 or Paper 3)

Paper 3

1 ¼ hours (80 marks)

50% (you do either Paper 2 or Paper 3)

Practical Paper

see next table

20% Total 100%

1.3 About the practical Papers Twenty percent of the marks for IGCSE Biology are for practical work. Practical work is based only on the Core syllabus. You will do one of the practical Papers shown in the table. Your teacher will tell you which practical Paper you will do. The number of marks varies between the Papers but your final mark will be calculated so that it is worth same percentage of the total examination as the other practical Papers.

Paper number and type...