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IPM Exam Preparation
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November 12th 2001
3pm – 5.15pm
2 hours & 15 minutes reading time
Overview Of The Exam
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50% of subject assessment.
If you feel you have done well so far – you
need a good exam mark to make your SAC
work count.
If you feel you have done poor so far – you
need a good exam mark to make your SAC
work worth less.
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Overview Of The Exam
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What we know:
* Questions will address exam criteria
* Exam will be part of a booklet
* Answer questions in spaces provided
in booklet
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Types of Questions
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Tick the box - (this is different to multiple choice as there can
be more than one answer given)
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Simple one line questions - (looking for simple clear
understanding in response)
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Visual image with questions - (expect to have to interpret
rather than create these)
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Short answer response - (little space provided = not as
much information required)
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Extended case study response- (lots of space provided =
lots of information required)
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Question Stems
These are the main words used in a particular question.
The stems determine the type of response expected of a student.
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List
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a very brief answer stating an
appropriate term or name or a
relevant item of key knowledge.
Eg. List two methods which could
be used to back up data in an
information system.
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Identify
a brief answer in response to a
particular scenario. Eg. Read the
text above and identify one
problem that exists within this
information system.
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Provide one example
a brief description / statement is
required to illustrate a situation. Eg.
Provide one example of when keypad
access to an Office Block would be an
appropriate solution to an
organisation’s security problems.
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State
a very brief answer in response to a
given situation. Eg State one advantage
of the proposal outlined above.
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Recommend
a response which suggests what to
do in a particular situation. Eg.
Recommend and explain two
tools which Acme P/L could use
to manage the above project.
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Describe
a response which gives an account
of what occurs in a particular
situation when a certain term is
used. Usually questions that
require a description test key
knowledge in a generic sense.
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Explain
a response which provides a
reason why a particular fact or
given circumstance is true. Eg.
Explain why it is desirable to
identify milestones in any project.
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Justify
a response which explains why a
particular choice is made. This
normally includes its benefits and
losses.
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Discuss
a response which provides both
sides of an argument or the
advantages or disadvantages of a
particular solution. Eg. discuss the
economic implications of
introducing the above situation.
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Explain & Justify
an extended response which
requires students to user their own
words to illustrate how the key
knowledge applies to a particular
scenario, and to clearly outline the
reasons why particular choices are
made.
How many was that?
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Clearly check how many questions you
need to answer.
3 of the 4 or 1 of the 5 ….
If you answer more your first X answers
will count and the others will be ignored.
(choose carefully and confidently)
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Before the exam.
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Do practice papers / read over chapter notes often
Identify your weaknesses and work on them
Reinforce your strengths
Plan exam study period / read chapter notes often
What does your body do at 3pm? It’s a danger
time, your body is used to winding down at this
time! Prepare your body, eat something before.
What other exams do you have on the day?
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Be organised
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Have the necessary equipment – (pens,
pencils, eraser, ruler)
Read the front cover instructions quickly
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Reading Time
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Use it - this time is generally not well used
Reading time gives you the opportunity to get the
feel of the exam paper and hopefully draw
confidence in how you will handle it
Look for ‘stem’ words
Identify answers you feel confident about and
tackle them first
Tune in your brain - you have 15 mins - use it!
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The Exam
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Look at the amount of space left for an answer in
the booklet
Look at the value of a question (how many
marks)
The front cover of the examination booklet will
indicate the total number of marks on the paper.
Use this to calculate how much time each mark is
worth. In 2000 there were 60 marks so you could
spend 2 mins only on each mark. A question
worth 4 marks deserved 8 minutes attention.
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The Exam
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Continually check the clock. Make sure you do not run overtime on any question.
Try to gain some time by completing some questions (for
example short answer responses) in less time than calculated
from the marks allocated. Use this time at the end of the paper
to check through your answers.
When your time for a particular question is up, leave and go
on with the next. You can always come back to an unfinished
question, if you have time at the end of the paper.
You will often get a fresh inspiration when you go back to a
question. Don’t sit wasting time pondering - move on and
come back.
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The Exam
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Answer every question.
The order you attempt the questions is not
important
Answers can be written in point form. This
is ideal for list, state, and indicate type
questions
When asked to explain or describe point
form is not a good option, a paragraph
response is more likely to provide the
required amount of detail or explanation
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The Exam
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Do not repeat the question in your answer. This
is a waste of time and space. The examiner will
be reading several hundred questions and does
not need reminding.
If you wish to change any part of your answer,
make sure you clearly cross out the material that
you no longer wish to be assessed.
Your handwriting must be legible. If the marker
cannot read what you have written, they cannot
give you the marks. Take the time to make sure
that your work is legible.
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Final Words Of Advice
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Try to relax in the examination.
The examiner is not going to try and trick
you. If you have been working consistently
throughout the year and have been doing
reasonably well in the SAC’s you should
have a good knowledge base for the exam.
Be confident in your own abilities.
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After the exam
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Forget it! (get on with your life, the exam is
over and you cannot resit it)
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