PHYSICS NEW EXAMINATION FORMAT CSEE 2023
(For Both School and Private Candidates)
This Physics examination format revises the 2019 version issued by the National Examinations Council of Tanzania (NECTA).
The format is based on the 2010 Physics syllabus for Ordinary Secondary Education.
This format revises the examination rubric, without changing the examination objectives, content and competencies.
2.0 GENERAL OBJECTIVES
The examination will assess the extent to which the candidates can:
2.1 develop knowledge on concepts, laws, theories and principles of Physics;
2.2 apply procedures of scientific investigation;
2.3 apply scientific principles in conserving and sustaining the use of the environment;
2.4 promote manipulative skills to manage various technological appliances; and
2.5 develop the language of communication in Physics.
3.0 GENERAL COMPETENCIES
The examination will assess the candidates’ ability to:
3.1 apply Physics knowledge, principles and concepts in daily life;
3.2 apply scientific methods in solving problems;
3.3 apply technological skills in conservation and sustainable use of the environment;
3.4 manage simple technological appliances; and
3.5 use the language of Physics in communication.
4.0 EXAMINATION RUBRIC
The examination will consist of two papers: 031/1 Physics 1, a theory paper, and 031/2 Physics 2, a practical paper.
4.1 031/1 Physics 1
This paper will be for three (3) hours. The paper will have 11 questions distributed in sections A, B and C.
The candidates will be required to answer all the questions in sections A and B and two (2) questions from section C. The paper will weigh a total of 100 marks.
Section A will comprise two (2) questions. Question number 1 will be a multiple-choice question, consisting of 10 items. Each item will weigh one (1) mark, hence a total of 10 marks.
Question number 2 will be a matching-items question, consisting of six (6) items. Each item will weigh one (1) mark, hence a total of six (6) marks. Therefore, the section will weigh a total of 16 marks.
Section B will consist of six (6) short answer questions. Candidates will be required to answer all the questions. Each question will carry nine (9) marks, hence a total of 54 marks in this section.
Section C will consist of three (3) structured questions. Candidates will be required to answer two (2) questions. Each question will weigh 15 marks. Therefore, the section will weigh a total of 30 marks.
4.2 031/2 Physics 2
This paper will be Actual Practical of 2½ hours. The paper will consist of two (2) questions. Candidates will be required to answer all the questions. Each question will carry 25 marks, making a total of 50 marks.
(i) The Actual Practical paper will have more than one alternative, which will be sent to schools depending on the number of candidates. Alternative A will be sent to schools with up to 100 candidates
Alternative A and B to those with more than 100 candidates but not exceeding 200; and alternative A, B and C to schools with more than 200 candidates.
(ii) A checklist for apparatuses, equipment and materials required for the examination will be sent to schools at least three months before the date of sitting for this paper.
However, the instructions for laboratory arrangements will be provided 3 hours before the beginning of the examination.
(iii) When responding to questions in both theory and practical papers, candidates will be allowed to use non-programmable calculators.
5.0 EXAMINATION CONTENT
The candidates will be examined on the following topics:
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