9700_w02_er - SR13IN0201 FOREWORD . 1 BIOLOGY . 2 GCE...

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SR13IN0201 1 FOREWORD . ...................................................................................................................... 1 BIOLOGY. ........................................................................................................................... 2 GCE Advanced Level and GCE Advanced Subsidiary Level. ..................................................................... 2 Paper 9700/01 Multiple Choice . .................................................................................................................... 2 Paper 9700/02 Paper 2 . ................................................................................................................................ 3 Paper 9700/03 Practical 1 . ............................................................................................................................ 7 Paper 9700/04 Paper 4 . ................................................................................................................................ 8 Paper 9700/05 Practical 2 . .......................................................................................................................... 10 Paper 9700/06 Options . .............................................................................................................................. 11 Paper 9700/08 Practical 3 (Mauritius Only). ................................................................................................ 16 This booklet contains reports written by Examiners on the work of candidates in certain papers. Its contents are primarily for the information of the subject teachers concerned .
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2 GCE Advanced Level and GCE Advanced Subsidiary Level Paper 9700/01 Multiple Choice Question Number Key Question Number Key 1 B 21 B 2 B 22 D 3 B 23 D 4 C 24 D 5 B 25 D 6 B 26 A 7 C 27 B 8 C 28 B 9 B 29 D 10 B 30 B 11 A 31 B 12 C 32 A 13 D 33 A 14 B 34 C 15 C 35 D 16 D 36 D 17 A 37 D 18 D 38 C 19 C 39 A 20 A 40 A General comments Scores showed a very good spread around the mean of 27.1 (67.8%), the standard deviation being 6.1. Eleven items were answered correctly by 80% or more of candidates, Questions 2 , 4 , 6 , 10 , 11 , 17 , 18 , 22 , 25 , 33 , and 39 . The most difficult ones, answered correctly by 40% or fewer were Questions 8 , 26 , 34 , and 35 . Comments on specific questions Question 5 The relative difficulty of this item reveals a poor understanding of the function of mitochondria. It was not surprising that option A was popular as only this option mentioned energy. Option C attracted a high proportion of weaker candidates, indicating their confusion between respiration and gas exchange.
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3 Question 8 This was a difficult item even for the most able. Option D was far more popular than the correct option, C , because candidates did not take into account the loss of water molecules in the condensation reactions during polymerisation. Question 19
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