Examiner's tips for IGCSE Economics (Cambridge course)

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EXAMINER TIPS for IGCSE Economics 0455
These tips are designed to help you do as well as you possibly can in the examination. Many of
the tips relate to the November 2006 examination papers.
General Advice
· It is important that you look very closely at the `command' or `directive' words used in a
question. These tell you what the examiner is looking for. If a question asks you to `identify'
or `state' something, you should not write a very long answer. If, however, the question
asks you to `analyse' or `discuss' something, this will require you to go into much more
detail and your answer should be longer. Very often, with a `discuss' question, you will be
expected to look at something from two contrasting points of view and then come to a
reasoned and well supported conclusion.
· It is also important that you look very closely at the number of marks that are awarded for
each part of a question. This will give you guidance as to how long you should spend on
each particular part. Some parts of a question will only gain you two or three marks while
other parts may be worth as many as ten marks.
· Remember to look closely at the precise wording of each part of a question. You need to
make sure that your answer relates to what is required. For example, you may answer a
question about inflation and write all you know about its causes and consequences, but the
actual question asked wanted you to write simply about how it is measured.
· Time management is crucial. Don't spend too long on some questions, or parts of
questions, and then leave yourself towards the end of the examination with very little time
to complete all that is required. You also need to try and leave time to read through your
answer and correct any mistakes and/or add anything that you feel is missing.
· Wherever possible, use diagrams to aid your explanations, but make sure that they are
accurately drawn and correctly labelled. You should also make sure that you refer to them
in your answer.
· You should also try and bring in appropriate and relevant examples, wherever possible, of
current economic issues and problems to support the points you are making.
· Look back at the question every so often, just to make sure that you are answering the
question correctly and staying `on track'.
· You do not need to write out the question; this is a waste of your time. Just make sure that
you write the number of the question, and the sub-part, so that the examiner knows which
question you have answered and there is no possibility of confusion as to which question
has been answered.
· Do not answer more questions than you have to. On Paper 2 and Paper 6, this isn't a
problem because you are required to answer all the questions on the examination paper. It
can, however, be a problem on Paper 4 where you are required to answer the first question
and then select three from the remaining six questions.

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Paper 2 and Paper 4 Tips
· Where the `command' or `directive' word is state, you do not need to go into a great deal of
detail. For example, in Question 1 (a) in November 2006, you simply need to state the four
ways in which multi-national companies can help developing countries such as
Bangladesh. You do not need to spend time describing or explaining these; the mark
allocated for this part of the question is 4, i.e.…read more

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If you didn't include any examples of these different types of taxes, you would
not have gained as many marks as you would have done if you had included appropriate
· Finally, make sure that you answer the correct number of questions. This isn't a problem
with Paper 2 where you have to answer all five questions on the examination paper.…read more

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Paper 6 Tips
· Paper 6 is the Alternative to Coursework examination paper and you should keep this in
mind as a number of the questions relate to the collection of information and to the
usefulness of the information obtained.
· Unlike Papers 2 and 4, where there is only a long extract in Question 1, both of the
questions in Paper 6 will relate to a long extract (though they may not be of equal length).…read more


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