Exam Times – Business

In this step-by-step tutorial, William Murphy, who has been teaching Business at The Institute of Education for over 24 years, illustrates how students should answer this popular question to gain top marks…

 

TOP TIPS

  • Units 1, 2 and 3 are very important this year – they will feature on the ABQ [20%] and usually Long Q1 [15%] and Long Q4 [15%] as well. They will also feature on the short questions. Therefore these units could well account for 50% to 55% of the paper in June. Make sure that you know them inside out.
  • Practice as many past questions as you can – sometimes questions that have appeared on the exam before come up again. Only allow yourself the exact time to answer them that you will have in the exam.
  • Use examinations.ie to source all the past exam papers and more importantly, the marking schemes.
  • Develop a plan for timing in the exam. Aim to get the short questions and the ABQ done in 70 minutes. Do not go over this.
  • Read the questions in the exam very carefully to make sure that you give the examiner the precise information required.

 

COMMON ERRORS

Section 1 – Short Answer Questions

The most common error is not giving sufficiently detailed points. Generally each point you make is awarded 5 marks, but that is broken down into 3 + 2, so make sure that you say two things on each point. Look at the examples of how to answer the short questions elsewhere in this article.

Section 2 – Applied Business Question [ABQ]

Common errors include:

  • Not quoting from the text of the ABQ at all.
  • Repeating a quote within the same question.
  • Quoting entire paragraphs, rather than the appropriate sentence.
  • Failing to provide meaningful evaluations.

Section 3 – Long Questions

Common errors include:

  • Giving too many points
  • Presenting the answers in essay format – the examiner expects you to write in points – look at examples elsewhere in this article.
  • Failure to answer the question asked.
  • Failing to provide meaningful evaluations.

 

ONLINE RESOURCES

This link contains summaries of and quizzes on Leaving Certificate Business: www.skool.ie

 

Full Supplement Download

Published on Thursday, 13th February, this supplement focuses on Leaving Certificate Business.

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