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Chemistry H1 Exam Code: 8873 (for 2017 JC1 cohort)

Candidates taking H1 Chemistry are assumed to have knowledge and understanding of Chemistry at 'O' level, as a single subject or as part of a balanced science course.

 

This syllabus is designed to place less emphasis on factual material and greater emphasis on understanding and application of scientific concepts and principles.

 

Candidates may not simultaneously offer Chemistry H1 and H2 levels.

H1 Chemistry Content Map

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Scheme of Assessment

Candidates are required to enter for Papers 1 and 2.

Paper 1 (1 h, 30 marks)
This paper consists of 30 compulsory multiple choice questions. Four to six items will be of the multiple completion type. All questions will include 4 options.

Paper 2 (2 h, 80 marks)

Section A (60 marks)
A variable number of structured questions including data-based questions, all compulsory. The data-based question(s) constitute(s) 15–20 marks for this paper. The data-based question(s) provide(s) a good opportunity to test higher order thinking skills such as handling, applying, and evaluating information.

Section B (20 marks)
Candidates will be required to answer one out of two questions. Each question will carry 20 marks. These questions will require candidates to integrate knowledge and understanding from different areas and topics of the chemistry syllabus.

Weighting of Assessment Objectives

Paper

Type of Paper

Duration

Marks

Weighting

1

Multiple Choice

1 h

30

33%

2

Structured and Free Response Questions

2 h

80

67%


Chemistry H1 Exam Code: 8872 (for 2017 JC2 cohort)

 

Candidates taking H1 Chemistry are assumed to have knowledge and understanding of Chemistry at 'O' level, as a single subject or as part of a balanced science course.

This syllabus is designed to place less emphasis on factual material and greater emphasis on understanding and application of scientific concepts and principles.

Candidates may not simultaneously offer Chemistry H1 and H2 levels.

Physical Chemistry

1. Atoms, Molecules and Stoichiometry
2. Redox Reactions
3. Atomic Structure
4. Chemical Bonding
5. Chemical Energetics
6. Equilibria
7. Reaction Kinetics

Inorganic Chemistry

8. The Periodic Table: Chemical Periodicity

Organic Chemistry

9.1 Introductory Topics
9.2 Hydrocarbons
9.3 Halogen Derivatives
9.4 Alcohols
9.5 Carbonyl Compounds
9.6 Carboxylic Acids and Derivatives

Scheme of Assessment

Candidates are required to enter for Papers 1 and 2.

Paper

Type of Paper

Duration

Marks

Weighting

1

Multiple Choice

50 min

30

33%

2

Structured and Free Response Questions

2 h

80

67%

 

Paper 1 (50 min, 30 marks)


Thirty multiple choice questions, all compulsory. Twenty-five items will be of the direct choice type and five of the multiple completion type. All questions will include 4 responses.

Paper 2 (2 h, 80 marks)


Section A (40 marks)

A variable number of structured questions plus one or two data-based questions, all compulsory. The data-based question(s) constitute(s) 10 - 15 marks for this paper. The data-based question(s) provide(s) good opportunity to test higher order thinking skills such as handling, applying, and evaluating information.

Section B (40 marks)

Candidates will be required to answer a total of two out of three questions. Each question will carry 20 marks. All the questions will require candidates to integrate knowledge and understanding from different areas and topics of the chemistry syllabus.


Chemistry H2 Exam Code: 9729

Candidates taking H2 Chemistry are assumed to have knowledge and understanding of Chemistry at 'O' level, as a single subject or as part of a balanced science course.

This syllabus is designed to place less emphasis on factual material and greater emphasis on understanding and application of scientific concepts and principles. This approach has been adopted in recognition of the need for students to develop skills that will be of long term value in an increasingly technological world rather than focusing on large quantities of factual materials which may only have short term relevance.

Experimental work is an important component and should underpin the teaching and learning of Chemistry.

Candidates may not simultaneously offer Chemistry H1 and H2 levels.



H2 Chemistry Content Map


 

Scheme of Assessment

Candidates are required to enter for Papers 1, 2, 3 and 4

Paper

Type of Paper

Duration

Marks

Weighting

1

Multiple Choice

1 h

30

15%

2

Structured Questions

2 h

75

30%

3

Free Response Questions

2 h

80

35%

4

Practical Paper

2 h 30 min

55

20%

 

Paper 1 (1 h, 30 marks)


This paper consists of 30 compulsory multiple choice questions. Five to eight items will be of the multiple completion type.

All questions will include 4 options.

Paper 2 (2 h, 75 marks)

This paper consists of a variable number of structured questions including data-based questions. All questions are compulsory and answered on the question paper. The data-based question(s) constitute(s) 20 – 25 marks for the paper.

The data-based question(s) provide(s) good opportunity to test higher order thinking skills such as handling, applying, and evaluating information. Some questions will also require candidates to integrate knowledge and understanding from different areas and topics of the chemistry syllabus.

Paper 3 (2 h , 80 marks)


This paper consists of two sections:

§ Section A worth 60 marks consisting 3-4 free response questions, all compulsory. Each question constitutes 15-25 marks.
§ Section B worth 20 marks consisting two questions, each of 20 marks. Candidates are to answer any one question.

These questions will require candidates to integrate knowledge and understanding from different areas and topic of the chemistry syllabus.

Paper 4 (40 marks)

This paper will assess the following skills areas:

§ Planning (P)
§ Manipulation, measurement and observation (MMO)
§ Presentation of data and observations (PDO)
§ Analysis, conclusions and evaluation (ACE)

The assessment of Planning (P) will have a weighting of 5%. The assessment of skill areas MMO, PDO and ACE will have a weighting of 15%.

The scope of the practical paper is indicated in the Practical Assessment section. The assessment of PDO and ACE may also include questions on data-analysis which do not require practical equipment and apparatus. Candidates will not be permitted to refer to books and laboratory notebooks during the assessment.


Weighting of Assessment Objectives

 

Assessment Objectives

Weighting (%)

Assessment Components

Knowledge with understanding

32

Papers 1, 2 and 3

Handling, applying and evaluating information

48

Papers 1, 2 and 3

Experimental skills and investigations

20

Paper 4