My final exam! I finished exactly two weeks after I started. I went into this exam knowing I would do poorly. We spent all of our class time doing projects and briefs and did little or no theory. My project and brief was of an A standard with only one or two minor flaws so I went into the exam feeling ok.
I opened the short questions and initially could only answer about 10 of the 32. Eventually I got 27 done to a fair standard. I moved onto long questions. I did section B 1 (a) and 2(b). 1 (a) was a lovely question about a truck. I answered that fairly well. Question B 2(b) was very difficult so I just made the whole thing up. I tried to do it as best as I could but honestly it was all waffle. I loved the question on Technology and Society. It was all about bike rentals, modern consumer technology and green technologies. This was also a load of waffle but it was more educated waffle.
Overall I think that was a bad end to a fairly good run of exams, but what can you do! I’m just happy the exams are done and dusted!
Yesterday I had the day off, and there comes a time in the exam period where you don’t care anymore and where the communal motto is; “it’ll be grand”. Hence, I didn’t look at a book yesterday.
Because my exam wasn’t until two o’clock today, this morning I said I may as well have a look at some past exam papers, basically the ones I hadn’t done yet. I’ve been studying all year for this one, because technology is actually one of my favourite subjects. It links up with science, another one of my favorites. It’s practical, it’s hands on, and it just makes sense to me.
I got into the exam and saw the paper was pretty nice. I did 32 short questions out of 32, the minimum to be answered being 25 so this gives me a safety net.
The first long question I did was the plane. You have to design a development of a plane (the net). The second question; I had planned to do the mechanics question beforehand because this is one of my strong points, but the electronics question was so easy so I decided to go for it. You didn’t even really need a knowledge of technology to do this question, just a log tables!
For question three I did technology in society which I didn’t really get a choice in, it was the only topic my teacher had taught us, as he designated it the easiest. I also think that bike rentals came up because the recent introduction of bike rental schemes in Ireland!
Overall I’m happy with the exam. More importantly though, the Junior Certificate is finally over! Roll on Transition Year!
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