Clara – Higher Level
I was convinced this was gonna be a fail – it was my last exam (yay!) so all I was focusing on this morning was the sweetness freedom would bring. I couldn’t wait for those two hours of my life to be over! I just had one hurdle left-science
It was a pretty fair paper to be honest-with some remarkably easy questions. I mean two safety precautions in the lab? They’re throwing marks at you with that one!
Biology: This section was probably my second best section after chemistry – I found the questions unsurprising, they seemed to be similar in format to previous years. The question on food at the very start (the one with the eggs) was a nice way to warm up and I was delighted to see no trace of ecology! Not even the breathing system. The only thing that was unusual about this section was the question on the kidneys. This was odd – I’d never say a question asked in this way before, they rarely give a list and ask for functions of parts. Thankfully I knew them! The experiment was also a challenge for me – I had really disliked that particular one!
Chemistry: This section was by far the easiest in my opinion. The same basic idea as biology ie. mainly some pretty basic questions (the one about safety precautions was in this section for example) and the a few toughies to keep you going.
Physics: This was the most challenging part of the paper and I think most people will agree with my there but to be perfectly honest it wasn’t overly stressful. There was one stupid little question that I was just puzzling over for 15 minutes at the end but eventually I came to some sort of a logical conclusion and answered it-not sure how correct it was but!
Anyway, overall not too bad a paper. With a decent knowledge of science and some common sense (combined with the 30-ish percent we already have!) everyone’s a winner and has passed so not much to worry about. Now, excuse me while I go burn my books. State exams and FINALLY over for me – out for good! Good luck to everyone with the remaining exams. Viel glück (hope that’s right) to everyone doing German in the morning, all those in religion later, home-ec kids and everyone with exams next week too. Soldier on with pride and knowledge!
Jack – Higher Level
My final exam!
So, I went straight through Biology. There was nothing unexpected in this. Some questions caught me but over all it was okay.
Next came Chemistry. Not my strongest part of Science. I managed, though.
Last came physics. No calculations this year. A bit odd. Overall, Physics was grand. Some confusing questions, tho.
Overall, Science was a good paper. No surprises on the Paper! It was manageable and fair.
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