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Biology – Performance Band descriptions

The typical examination performance in this band:

Band 6

  • demonstrates an extensive knowledge and understanding of biological concepts, including complex and abstract ideas
  • demonstrates an extensive understanding of the historical development of biological concepts, their applications and implications for society and the environment, and the future directions of biological research
  • communicates succinctly, logically and sequentially using a variety of scientific formats, including diagrams, graphs, tables, flow charts and equations relating to biology
  • analyses and evaluates data effectively, identifying biological relationships, quantifying explanations and descriptions, synthesising information to draw conclusions
  • uses precise biological terms extensively and correctly in a wide range of contexts
  • designs valid experimental processes using appropriate technologies and incorporating the thorough knowledge of the use of a control, variables and repetition to solve biological problems
  • applies knowledge and information to unfamiliar situations and designs an original solution to a biological problem

Band 5

  • demonstrates thorough knowledge and understanding of most biological concepts
  • demonstrates a thorough understanding of the historical development of biological concepts and their applications and implications for society and the environment
  • communicates effectively in a variety of scientific formats including diagrams, graphs, tables, flow charts and equations relating to biology
  • explains qualitative and quantitative biological relationships and ideas coherently; identifies patterns in data to draw conclusions
  • uses precise biological terms frequently and correctly in a range of contexts
  • identifies the correct application of scientific experimental methodology to solve biological problems

Band 4

  • demonstrates sound knowledge and clear understanding of some biological concepts
  • demonstrates a sound understanding of the historical development of biological concepts and their applications for society and the environment
  • communicates using clear written expression and incorporating diagrams of biological structures
  • provides qualitative and quantitative descriptions of biological phenomena and explains straightforward biological relationships
  • uses general biological terms frequently and correctly in a range of contexts
  • identifies the correct components of the experimental scientific method in biology

Band 3

  • recalls basic knowledge and understanding of some biological concepts
  • demonstrates a basic understanding of the historical development of biological concepts and their applications for society and the environment
  • uses fundamental written communication with some use of simple scientific diagrams relating to biology
  • provides qualitative descriptions of fundamental biological phenomena and explains some straightforward biological relationships
  • uses some general biological terms correctly in a limited range of contexts
  • recalls some aspects of the experimental scientific method in biology

Band 2

  • recalls limited knowledge and has elementary understanding of some straightforward biological concepts
  • demonstrates a limited understanding of the historical development of biological concepts
  • uses fundamental written communication relating to biology
  • provides simple qualitative descriptions of biological phenomena
  • uses general biological terms occasionally

Band 1

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