Guide for Students
REVISION CHECKLIST for O Level Physics 5054 A guide for students How to use this guide The guide describes what you need to know about your O level Physics examination. It will help you to plan your revision programme for the written examinations and will explain what the examiners are looking for in the answers you write. It can also be used to help you to revise by using the tick boxes in Section 3, ‘What you need to know', to check what you know and which topic areas of Physics 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 theory and practical examination papers that are available.
Section 2 - What will be tested? This section describes the areas of knowledge, understanding and skills that the Examiners will test you on. It is particularly important to realise that most marks are awarded for understanding and skills and only 30% of the total mark is for simple recall.
Section 3 - What you need to know This shows the syllabus in a simple way so that you can check • the topics you need to know about • details about each topic in the syllabus • how much of the syllabus you have covered
Appendices This section covers other things you need to know such as: • symbols, units and definitions of physical quantities • the importance of the command words the Examiners use in examination Papers • some useful websites that you might use 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 practical examination paper you will be taking.
Section 1 - How will you be tested? 1.1 The examination Papers 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. You will take Paper 1 (theory), Paper 2 (theory) and either Paper 3 (the Practical Paper) or Paper 4 (the Alternative to Practical Paper). You should check with your teacher which of these two papers you will take.
1.2 About the theory Papers The table gives you information about the theory Papers Paper number How long and how many marks? 1 hour (40 marks) 1 ¾ hours (75 marks) see next table (30 marks) What's in the Paper? 40 multiple choice questions. Short answer and structured questions What's the % of the total examination? 27.6% 51.7%
Paper 1 Paper 2
see next table
Here is some more information about each Paper. Paper 1 The multiple choice questions cover the entire syllabus, apart from section 25 on Electronic Systems. You have to choose one of the four possible answers in each question. Paper 2 There are two sections. Section A contains short structured questions where you may have to write a few words or sentences or make a calculation. Your answers are written in the spaces provided on the actual question paper. In Section B you have to answer two of the three questions available; so take your time to choose your questions carefully at the start of the examination. Until 2010 you answer section B on the ruled lines at the end of the question paper or you use additional paper. From 2010 you will answer the two questions that you choose in spaces provided on the question paper.
1.3 About the practical Papers Just over twenty percent of the marks for O level Physics are for practical work. You will do one of the practical Papers shown in the table, either Paper 3 or Paper 4. Your teacher will tell you which practical paper you will do.
Paper number and type Paper 3 (practical test) Paper 4 (alternative to practical)
How long and many marks? 2 hours (30 marks) 1 ½ hours (30 marks)
What's involved? You do a practical exam which is supervised by a teacher....