The Higher Level Business exam has a duration of 3 hours and consists of section 1, 2 and 3. The paper is out of 400 marks. This means that if you wish to achieve an A1 in the exam you must achieve at the minimum 360 marks- this is completely achievable for a student who knows their business theory and also exam technique.
Section 1 contains short questions and is worth 80marks or 20% of the paper. Note that although there are 10 questions you will only be marked for 8 of them. However I think it is feasible to do all 10 questions in the allocated time of 36 minutes. If anything, I would try do the short questions faster than this time if possible to give yourself a few minutes at the end of the exam to look over your work. Remember to achieve the full 10 marks allocated to each question you need to use the SEE approach- state, explain, example. I would also suggest using bullet points and different colour pens or a highlighter to distinguish your example from the rest of the question.
Section 2 consists of the Applied Business Question (ABQ) and is a compulsory question also worth 80 marks. To answer this question I would allocate 36 minutes. Remember to follow the steps outlined in Blog 9 when answering this question. Each year the units covered in the ABQ change so make sure to pay particular attention to units 1, 2 and 3 which will be covered in the 2014 exam paper. I would also suggest not to read the long questions in Section 3 until you have finished your ABQ so you are entirely focused on the question at hand.
Section 3 of the exam paper consists of 7 long questions of which one must answer four questions. Each question contains part a, b and c and you have 27 minutes to complete each one. Remember generally the rule is to divide by 5 to know how many points to write for each question, this means…
15 mark question- 3 points
20 mark question- 4 points
25 mark question- 5 points etc.
It is also worth noting the structure of Section 3 of the paper. Usually Part 1 contains three questions based on units 1, 6 and 7. Part 2 contains four questions based on units 2, 3, 4 and 5. Note that you must do one question from Part 1 and two questions from Part 2. Your fourth question can be chosen from either Part 1 or 2.
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