Multiple choice questions

Multiple choice questions appear throughout both exam papers for both foundation tier and higher tier. Multiple choice questions are usually asked as questions, often starting with 'what is...' or 'why...'.

You have three or four options to choose from in a multiple choice question. You must choose the number of options asked for in the question by placing ticks in boxes. Most multiple choice questions require just one tick, but a few ask for two ticks. You will not get a mark if you leave all the boxes blank, or if you put a tick in more than the required number of boxes.

Multiple choice questions often have two answers that could, at first glance, be correct. It is important to check all the answers before deciding which box to tick. It is also important to check that your chosen statement answers the question - some questions might include an option that is a correct statement, but that does not answer the question.

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Sample question 1 – Foundation

Question

What is the unit of density (ρ)?

Tick one box. [1 mark]

Joules, J
Joules per kilogram, J/kg
Kilograms, kg
Kilograms per metre cubed, kg/m3
Joules, J
Joules per kilogram, J/kg
Kilograms, kg
Kilograms per metre cubed, kg/m3

Sample question 2 – Foundation

Question

Where in a cell are the chromosomes?

Tick one box. [1 mark]

Cell membrane
Cytoplasm
Nucleus
Ribosomes
Cell membrane
Cytoplasm
Nucleus
Ribosomes

Sample question 3 – Higher

Question

The image shows the electronic structure of a non-metal atom.

Electronic structure of a non-metal atom

What is the chemical symbol of this non-metal?

Tick one box. [1 mark]

Ar
O
S
Si
Ar
O
S
Si

Sample question 4 – Higher

Question

A student investigated the specific heat capacity of metals.

The table shows the student's results.

MetalMass of material in kgTime in minutesTemperature change in °CChange in thermal energy in JCalculated specific heat capacity of material in J/kg °C
Aluminium11024,7802,390
Brass11044,6601,165
Copper1104,600657
Steel11054,690938

What is the independent variable in the student's investigation?

Tick one box. [1 mark]

Mass of material
Power used
Time in minutes
Type of material
Mass of material
Power used
Time in minutes
Type of material