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Examples of Responses to Questions in the 2011 Examinations
In keeping with our drive here at CXC to enhance the support provided to candidates who are preparing to write our examinations, we are displaying on our website exemplars of candidates’ responses to examination questions. These are authentic, unedited responses. They are presented in the candidates’ own handwriting, accompanied by comments from the Examination Committee that indicate the Committee’s judgement of the quality of the responses and the justification for arriving at that judgement.
This is a pilot effort, covering only selected subjects. We at CXC welcome your feedback on how useful you find this information to be and, in particular, how we can improve on the provision of such information. Your comments will contribute to the future expansion and refinement of this material.
The syllabus is based on four themes – The Organism, The Home/Workplace, Recreation and Transport – chosen because they adequately represent the common areas of human activity and experience. These themes form the unifying points of the syllabus which should therefore be seen as a coherent unit; one should not attempt to identify within its separate science subjects. Integrated Science (Single Award) is a subject in its own right, rather than one comprising sections of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Indeed, if such distinctions were made, other components such as Earth Sciences and Meteorology would also be recognized.
The Integrated Science Syllabus is intended to contribute to the science education needs of secondary level students in the following groups:
i. those whose abilities, aptitudes and choice of courses will allow them to pursue only one science subject, or who wish to pursue a science course in the interest of a rounded general education;
ii. those who study science-related subjects such as Home Economics and Agricultural Science, or who intend to go on to studies at the tertiary level, for careers in areas such as nursing and teaching.