Paper 1

Paper 1: 1 hr 30 mins: 40%: This paper consists of 15 compulsory short-response questions.

Awarding of marks
In addition to correct answers, marks are awarded for method, accuracy and reasoning. In paper 1, full marks are awarded for each correct answer irrespective of the presence or absence of working. Where an answer is incorrect, marks are given for correct method. All students should therefore be advised to show their working.

Syllabus coverage
• Knowledge of all topics is required for this paper. However, not all topics are necessarily assessed in every examination session.
• The intention of this paper is to test students’ knowledge across the breadth of the syllabus. However, it should not be assumed that the separate topics are given equal emphasis.

Question type
• A small number of steps is needed to solve each question.
• Questions may be presented in the form of words, symbols, diagrams or tables, or combinations of these.
• Questions of varying levels of difficulty are set.

Mark allocation
• This paper is worth 90 marks, representing 40% of the final mark.
• Each question is worth 6 marks. 

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