Top 5 Study Tips
1. Answer Question 1 on the paper. It is worth 60 marks. It is a good idea to attempt all 10 parts of the question. You will receive marks for the best six.
2. Many questions require diagrams or can be answered with a diagram. Draw diagrams in pencil. Diagrams should be large in size and must be fully labelled. This is particularly useful for answering the experiments in Question 4.
3. In Section A of the Ordinary Level exam there are seven questions. Answer all seven and the best six will be marked. Attempt all parts: do not leave blank spaces.
4. If time allows, answer an extra question (i.e. answer seven questions instead of six). Do this only if you have completed your first six questions.
5. If you cannot think of an answer to a question, do not spend too much time trying to remember it. Leave space for your answer and move on to another question. Mark the problem question on your exam paper so that you remember to return to it before the end of the exam.
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About the Authors
Carol Cronin has taught Agricultural Science in Abbey Community College, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, for 14 years. Carol graduated from the University of Limerick with a BSc (Ed) in Science Education. She has extensive experience in examining both the practical and written Agricultural Science examinations.
Dr Sandra Tiernan
Dr Sandra Tiernan has taught Agricultural Science in Castleknock College, Dublin 15, since2005. She has a BSc (Ed) in Science Education and a PhD in Food Science from the University of Limerick. She is an experienced examiner in the practical and written Agricultural Science examinations.