PHYSICS ADVANCED LEVEL NEW EXAMINATION FORMAT ACSEE
(For both School and Private Candidates)
This examination format is the revised version of the 2015 format issued by the National Examinations Council of Tanzania.
The format is based on the 2010 Syllabus for Advanced Level of Secondary Education.
The revised format emphasises on the assessment of candidates’ competences in higher order thinking skills.
The improvements made in the format do not affect the examination content.
2.0 GENERAL OBJECTIVES
The Physics examination will assess the extent to which candidates are able to:
2.1 use procedures of scientific investigation;
2.2 apply knowledge of concepts, laws, theories and principles of Physics;
2.3 use scientific methods in solving problems;
2.4 use technological knowledge and skills in management, conservation and sustainable use of the environment; and
2.5 demonstrate manipulative skills to manage various technological appliances.
3.0 GENERAL COMPETENCES
The examination will assess the candidates’ ability to:
3.1 analyse procedures of scientific investigation;
3.2 use Physics knowledge, principles and concepts in daily life;
3.3 demonstrate scientific methods in solving problems in daily life;
3.4 demonstrate scientific and technological skills in management, conservation and sustainable use of the environment; and
3.5 Manage simple technological appliances.
4.0 EXAMINATION RUBRIC
The examination will consist of three papers. Paper 1 (131/1 Physics 1) and Paper 2 (131/2 Physics 2) which will be theory papers; and paper 3 (131/3 Physics 3) which will be an actual practical paper.
4.1 131/1 Physics 1
This paper will last for three (3) hours. It will consist sections A and B with a total of 10 questions. Candidates will be required to answer a total of nine (9) questions which will weigh 100 marks.
Section A will consist of seven (7) short answer questions each carrying ten (10) marks. Candidates will be required to answer all the questions. This section will weigh 70 marks.
Section B will consist of three (3) structured questions. Candidates will be required to answer two (2) questions. Each question will carry 15 marks. This section will weigh a total of 30 marks.
4.2 131/2 Physics 2
This will be a theory paper which will last for three (3) hours. The paper will consist of six (6) structured questions.
Candidates will be required to answer five (5) questions. Each question will carry twenty (20) marks making a total of 100 marks.
4.3 131/3 Physics 3
This will be a n Actual Practical paper. Three equivalent alternative papers (131/3A Physics 3A, 131/3B Physics 3B and
131/3C Physics 3C) will be set. Candidates will be required to sit for one of the alternatives.
Each alternative paper will last for 3:20 hours and will consist of three (3) questions. Question one (1) will carry 20 marks while question two (2) and three (3) will carry 15 marks each. Candidates will be required to answer all the questions worth the total of 50
marks in each alternative paper.
(i) The alternative papers will be sent to schools depending on the number of candidates. Alternative A will be sent to schools with up to 100 candidates, alternatives A and B to schools with candidates not exceeding 200 candidates and alternatives A, B and C to schools with more than 200 candidates.
(ii) A check-list of apparatuses, equipment and materials required for the examination will be sent to schools not less than three months before the date of sitting for this paper.
However, 24 Hours Advance Instructions will be dispatched in advance to be opened 24 hours before the time of commencement of the examination for laboratory arrangements.
(iii) When answering the questions in both theory and practical papers, candidates will be allowed to use non-programmable calculators and mathematical tables and formulae.
5.0 EXAMINATION CONTENTS
Candidates will be assessed in the following topics:
5.1 131/1 Physics 1
5.1.4 Current electricity
5.1.6 Environmental physics
5.2 131/2 Physics 2
5.2.1 Fluid dynamics
5.2.2 Properties of matter
5.2.3 Vibrations and waves
5.2.6 Atomic physics
5.3 131/3 Physics 3
5.3.3 Current electricity