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About the exam


About the paper

The exam lasts for 2 hours and 30 minutes and while there is only one paper but there are two sections to it:

  • Section A is multiple choice and out of 40 marks.
  • Section B is extended answers and is worth 60 marks.

You need to complete section A in an HB pencil on a separate answer sheet. To select your answer you must place a horizontal pencil line in the correct space. There is only one correct answer to each question and there are 40 questions.

You must complete section B in ink.

Over the whole paper:

  • Approximately 40 marks are from problem solving type questions
  • Approximately 60 marks are from knowledge and understanding.
  • Approximately 10 marks come from standard grade or Intermediate 2 level work.
  • About 6 marks come from questions about Prescribed Practical Activities (PPAs).

You should answer all the questions.

To gain the award of Higher Chemistry you must pass all 3 National Assessment Banks (NABs) as well as the exam.


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