Multiple choice questions

There are two papers for each Tier of entry, Foundation and Higher. Each paper is split into two sections, Section A and Section B.

SectionType(s) of questionsMarks per question
AMultiple choice1
BShort answer, Extended response1 to 5, 6

The short answer questions contain different styles, including:

  • structured questions
  • maths questions
  • practical questions

Multiple choice questions appear in both exam papers, and at both Tiers. Multiple choice questions are asked as questions, often starting with ‘What is …’ or ‘Which of these …’.

You have four options to choose from in a multiple choice question. You must only choose one of these options, by writing your answer (A, B, C, or D) in a box.

Sample question 1 - Foundation


In some remote islands, drinking water is made from seawater.

What is the name of the process for making drinking water from seawater?

A chlorination

B distillation

C filtration

D sedimentation

OCR Gateway Science, GCE Chemistry, Paper J248, 2016.

B [1]

Sample question 2 - Higher


These statements explain how scientists think our modern-day atmosphere was formed.

1 Plants evolved and used carbon dioxide during photosynthesis to make oxygen.

2 As the Earth cooled down water fell as rain, resulting in the formation of the oceans.

3 The atmosphere today consists of nitrogen, oxygen and a small amount of carbon dioxide.

4 Volcanoes gave out ammonia and carbon dioxide as well as methane and water vapour.

5 Ammonia was changed by bacteria in the soil into nitrogen gas.

What is the correct order in which these events happened?

A 4, 2, 5 ,1 ,3

B 2, 4, 5, 3, 1

C 4, 1, 5, 2, 3

D 1, 4, 2, 5, 3

OCR Gateway Science, GCE Chemistry, Paper J248, 2016 - Higher.

A [1]