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About the Standard Grade Geography paper

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This Revision Bite explains the examination papers; the types of question and the words that they use; advice that you might get from an Examiner; planning your revision; and important points about your answers.

Examination papers

Each paper will ask you questions on your Knowledge/ Understanding and Enquiry Skills. You will be asked to answer all the questions in the paper.

A variety of question types will be included ; most questions will be resource based (maps, tables, graphs, sketches, cartoons) and at least one OS map-based question will be in each paper.

Foundation grades 5 & 6 - 1 hour 5 mins

  • There are usually about 12 questions to answer in the paper.
  • Questions are very clear and easy to understand and worth one or two marks.
  • The questions will include maps, sketches, graphs, cartoons.
  • You write your answers in the exam booklet in the spaces provided.
  • You are asked to give short answers and explanations.
  • The answer space given will give you a clue to how long your answer should be.
  • Some questions will be multiple choice options.
  • Some questions will ask you to match the correct letter to the appropriate answer.

General - grades 3 & 4 - 1 hour 25 mins

  • There are usually about 10 questions to answer.
  • Questions are very clear and easy to understand and worth 2, 3 or 4 marks.
  • The questions will include maps, sketches, graphs, cartoons.
  • You write your answers in the exam booklet in the spaces provided.
  • Answers are longer and more detailed than in the Foundation paper.
  • The answer space given and the marks for the question will give you a clue to how long your answer should be.

Credit - grades 1 & 2 - 2 hours

  • There are usually 8 questions to answer in this paper.
  • The questions are more demanding.
  • More complex sources (maps, sketches, graphs, cartoons) are used to test your knowledge and skills.
  • Unlike the F & G papers your answers are written in a separate answer booklet.
  • Answers should be detailed.
  • The marks each question is worth will give you a clue to how detailed your answer should be.
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