Business - Passes down, candidates up

7th January 2011 at 00:00

The Higher pass rate was down to 66.4 per cent from 72.4 per cent in 2009, when there was a stronger cohort. There is still evidence of candidates being presented at the wrong level.

The most notable good news about exam technique was that candidates - whose numbers rose to 6,557 from 6,333 in 2009 - were generally handling command words well, an area which has "improved considerably" in recent years.

On the downside, although it did not result in a loss of marks, some candidates tended to write excessively when handling the command word "describe". The command words "compare" and "distinguish" caused most difficulty.

Standard grade candidates were "very well prepared" for the exam at all levels. The percentage of Credit awards was down slightly. Among the difficulties at this level, there were widespread problems in describing the difference between gross profit and net profit.

At Advanced Higher, despite the average mark falling, markers commented that overall performance for the business report had improved. There was, however, a "significant increase in the gap in competency" from school to school.

Very poor performance in the report resulted in some candidates who scored well in the external examination failing to achieve any award.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now