You will sit two exam papers at the end of your GCSE Chemistry course. Paper 1 is called Breadth in Chemistry, and paper 2 is called Depth in Chemistry.
The Breadth paper will contain questions worth 1, 2 and 3 marks. The Depth paper will contain questions worth 1 to 5 marks, plus two 6 mark extended writing questions.
You will need to remember, select and clearly communicate facts and explanations that you have learnt from studying.
These questions may at first appear to be about things you haven’t learnt. But the question will give you all the information you need to answer it when combined with your own knowledge and understanding.
When you see an unfamiliar situation in a question:
To get full marks on this type of question, you will usually have to do more than just processing data (eg doing calculations or plotting a graph) or describing it (eg describing the pattern in the results or the shape of the graph) - you will have to come up with your own conclusion or decision based on the evidence you have been given.
Sometimes, you may be asked whether you agree with a statement or a conclusion. You may not get any marks for simply stating that you agree or disagree - most or all of the marks will be given for explaining and justifying your decision. Your answer must make it clear that your decision is based on the evidence you have been given in the question and your own knowledge and understanding of chemistry.