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Chemistry – Performance Band descriptions

The typical examination performance in this band:

Band 6

  • demonstrates an extensive knowledge and understanding of the concepts of the chemistry course content including context, prescribed focus areas and domain
  • displays an outstanding ability to describe and explain chemistry concepts, including abstract ideas, clearly and accurately, and to apply the concepts to unfamiliar situations
  • applies a high level of critical thinking skills in developing appropriate solutions to problems involving a long sequence of related tasks
  • analyses, evaluates and extrapolates chemical data effectively, identifies complex relationships, quantifies explanations and descriptions, and synthesizes information to draw conclusions
  • communicates succinctly, logically and sequentially using a variety of scientific formats
  • demonstrates a high level ability to design an experimental procedure

Band 5

  • demonstrates a thorough knowledge and understanding of the concepts of the chemistry course content including context, prescribed focus areas and domain
  • effectively communicates a detailed understanding of chemistry concepts using appropriate chemistry terminology and scientific formats, and applies the concepts to unfamiliar situations
  • analyses information given in written, tabular, graphical and diagrammatic forms and relates this to other relevant information
  • displays competence in manipulating equations to solve problems involving a number of steps
  • demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the use of appropriate experimental procedures

Band 4

  • demonstrates a sound knowledge and understanding of the concepts of the chemistry course content including context, prescribed focus areas and domain
  • describes concepts and information clearly in written, graphical and diagrammatic forms such as structural and electron-dot formulae, and applies these concepts in familiar situations
  • demonstrates a broad ability to carry out calculations and or substitute into equations, to use relevant symbols and units when manipulating chemical data including stoichiometric data, and to construct balanced chemical equations
  • displays proficiency in selecting relevant data from information given in written, tabular, graphical and diagrammatic form
  • describes correct apparatus for a particular chemical measurement and has an adequate understanding of experimental methodology.

Band 3

  • demonstrates a basic knowledge and understanding of the concepts of the chemistry course content including context, prescribed focus areas and domain
  • uses simple chemistry definitions, terms, diagrams and graphs to communicate understanding of chemistry concepts
  • substitutes data from information given in written, tabular, graphical and diagrammatic form, and manipulates basic chemical data including stoichiometric data

Band 2

  • demonstrates a limited knowledge and understanding of the chemistry course content including context, prescribed focus areas and domain
  • recalls elementary terminology and formulae related to some areas of chemistry
  • makes simple substitutions of data in chemical calculations
  • describes simple safety precautions in experimental procedure

Band 1

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