Six-mark questions are extended open response questions. These require longer answers than the structured questions. It is wise to plan your answer rather than rushing straight into it, otherwise you may stray away from the key points.
Most questions on exam papers have mark schemes that give key points that are given marks. The six-mark questions are marked differently: they use a levels-based mark scheme. This type of mark scheme is used because these questions are more open-ended. To gain full marks, you need to:
Six-mark questions often use these command words:
Six-mark questions may be synoptic questions. These questions bring together ideas from two or more topics. For example, a question about fertilisers could include ideas about covalent substances, acids and alkalis, chemical calculations, and effects on the environment.
The answers shown here give marking points as bullet points. You do not usually need to include all of them to gain six marks, but you do need to write in full sentences, linking them logically and clearly.
Answers are placed in three marking bands:
A life cycle assessment assesses the environmental impact of products such as smartphones. Some activities in the life cycle of a smartphone are listed below.
Describe the four stages that are assessed in a life cycle assessment.
In your answer, give at least one example from the list above for each stage. [6 marks]
This question has been written by a Bitesize consultant as a suggestion to the type of questions that may appear in an exam paper.
Your answer could include the following: