Exam technique classes
Exam technique classes are aimed at helping students when answering questions in external, periodicand final exams. Certain skills are required in order to gain full marks especially in external exams. Exam technique classes will help students achieve these skills and improve their grades.
This document contains a guide on the skills required and how to go about mastering them in order to achieve a grade A in the external exams taken at level N.There are also past paper questions at the end of this documentwhich teachers will use in class to practice with students.
AS Business Studies
To get a good grade in the AS Business studies, you need a good understanding of the subject matter, an up to date awareness of current business issues, good communication skills and good exam technique.
The Edexcel AS level Business exam consists of two papers/units
Unit 1: Developing New Business Ideas. (examiner is Jim Byng) This is an introduction to business and business ideas. Usually based on material you have been covering in your ‘homework exams’.
This unit covers the characteristics students would need to develop to be successful in business and how new or existing businesses generate their product or service ideas and test them through market research. Students should also consider the competition in the market; the economic climate; how the business might be financed and how much revenue the idea might generate. Assessment:
Section A: supported multiple‐choice questions, where students write a short justification of why they chose that answer and/or why the other answers are incorrect, worth 32 marks out of 70 marks (8 multiple choice questions).
Section B: questions based on ‘data’, worth 38 marks out of total of 70 marks. Note: This unit is based on your basic knowledge. Homework questions help improve your basic knowledge for this exam.
Unit 2b: Managing the Business (Examiner: KerieWelhan) Content summary:
This unit covers key activities which students may be involved in if they were to set up and/or manage a business whether small, medium‐sized or large. It also introduces students to some basic management tools and models which will be developed in the A2 qualifications if they continue this subject at grade 13 level.
Examination of 1 hour 15 minutes in two sections.Total of 70 marks. Section A: supported multiple‐choice questions where students write a short justification of why they chose that answer and/or why the other answers are incorrect, worth 24 marks out of 70 marks (6 multiple choice questions).
Section B: questions based on ‘data’, worth 46 marks out of total of 70 marks.
The four basic skills for this exam are as follows: ‐ A01: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the specified content. 30% of the total AS exam.
‐ A02: Apply knowledge and understanding(in context) of the specified content to problems and issues arising from both familiar and unfamiliar situations. 30% of the total AS exam.
‐ A03: Analyse problems, issues and situations. 20% of the total AS exam. ‐
A04: Evaluate, distinguish between and assess appropriateness of fact and opinion, and judge information from a variety of sources. 20% of the total AS exam.
Understanding these skills in more detail:
1. Knowledge: This is an accurate understanding of what business concepts mean. E.g. a definition shows knowledge.
Command words used in exams questions:
2. Application: your knowledge must be applied (linked) to the example business in the question/ case or use your own example to illustrate what you are trying to explain. There will always be data in the case that you can relate to in order to gain your applications marks. You must pick out this information and mention it. Command words used in exams questions:
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