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IPT: Trial Exam Preparation

posted Aug 12, 2009, 2:36 PM by Eddie Woo   [ updated Aug 12, 2009, 2:54 PM ]
Well, another clue for you. You're going to need the help!

One of the things you should notice is the total number of marks for the exam. If you compare this to your previous exam, you will hopefully conclude something quite significant:

Assessment Duration
Term 2
2 hours
3 hours

The assessment is 50% longer, but there are only 25% more marks. This means each mark is 'worth' more - in last term's assessment you could devote (on average) 72 seconds to each mark, while in the trial you will have 86.4 seconds for each mark. (I know 14 seconds doesn't sound like much, but it will add up!) This means that, when I'm marking, I will be less forgiving of answers that do not give me the appropriate level of detail or do not answer the question (e.g. by misunderstanding an HSC keyword - please make sure you understand these very clearly). If it's a 4-mark question, don't give me a 3-mark answer!

Additionally, each mark is worth more in the sense that this exam is weighted far more heavily than any other of your assessments. To remind you, it's worth 35%, which is more than both of your previous two exams put together. Keep that in mind as you study - time spent in review will be very well spent.