Exam Structure

Marks: 400

Time Allocated: 2 hours 50 minutes

The paper consists of three parts.
 
Part 1- Short Questions carries 80 marks and consists of short questions students must answer ten out of the twelve questions asked. Each question carries 8 marks.
 
It is advised that students should spend no more than 25 minutes on Section 1.
 
Part 2 - Structured and essay questions. This section carries 320 marks.
 
You must attempt the Short Questions in Part 1 and FOUR questions, as follows:
                   -TWO questions from Section 1: CORE
                   -ONE question from Section 2: Elective
                   -ONE question from Section 3: Option (Higher Level only)
 
Section 1: Core - Physical Geography - Questions 1,2 and 3. Each question carries 80 marks. You must answer only ONE of these.
 
Section 1: Core - Regional Geography  - Questions 4,5 and 6. Each question carries 80 marks. You must answer only ONE of these.
 
Each of these questions has a: 
                Part A  20 marks
                Part B  30 Marks
                Part C  30 Marks
 
Section 2: Electives - The electives include the following:
 
                                      patterns and processes in Economic Activities
                                      Questions 7  or 8  or 9
 
                                      patterns and processes in the Human Environment
                                      Questions 10  or 11  or 12
 
Students must answer:

                                     ONE question on Economic Activities. OR
                                     ONE question on Human Environment
 
                                  Each of these questions in has a:
                                                 Part A 20 marks
                                                 Part B 30 Marks  
                                                 Part C 30 Marks
 
Section 3: Options - Higher Level only
 
                    Students must answer ONE question from questions 13-24.
                    Students choose ONE question from ONE topic only:
 
                                                 Topic: Global Interdependence (Qs 13, 14, 15)
 
                                                 Topic: Geoecology (Qs 16, 17, 18)
 
                                                 Topic: Culture and Identity (Qs 19, 20, 21)
 
                                                 Topic: The Atmosphere – Ocean Environment (Qs 22, 23, 24)
 
“N.B. It is better to discuss three or four aspects of the theme in some detail, rather than to give a superficial treatment of a large number of points. Each question carries 80 marks.”