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Performance Band descriptions Physics

The typical performance in this band:

Band 6 

  • demonstrates an extensive knowledge and understanding of the concepts of the physics course content including context, prescribed focus areas and domain
  • displays an outstanding ability to describe and explain physics 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 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 physics course content including context, prescribed focus areas and domain
  • effectively communicates a detailed understanding of physics concepts using appropriate physics terminology and some illustrative examples 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 physicscourse content including context, prescribed focus areas and domain
  • describes concepts and information clearly in written and graphical forms andapplies these concepts in familiar situations
  • demonstrates a broad ability to carry out calculations and or substitute into equationsand to use relevant symbols and units when manipulating data
  • displays proficiency in selecting relevant data from information given in written,tabular, graphical and diagrammatic form
  • describes correct apparatus for a particular physical measurement and has anadequate understanding of experimental methodology
Band 3
  • demonstrates a basic knowledge and understanding of the concepts of the physics course content including context, prescribed focus areas and domain
  • uses simple physics definitions and terms to communicate understanding of physics concepts
  • substitutes data from information given in written, tabular, graphical and diagrammatic form
  • draws simple diagrams and graphs to describe phenomena in physics
Band 2
  • demonstrates a limited knowledge and understanding of the physics course content including context, prescribed focus areas and domain
  • recalls elementary terminology and formulae related to some areas of physics
  • interprets basic diagrams and graphs
  • determines an appropriate scale for a graph
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