Reading the examiner's report can help by giving you an understanding of what the examiner will be looking out for in your own exam.
way you can build a better structure to your revision, ensuring that
the key points are covered by the time the exam comes along next
Application to the pre-seen
examiner seemed happy to see that the majority of students were able
to apply their knowledge of the theory well to the pre-seen case
study itself. This is an important thing to get right, as it shows
that you can apply a theory within a worked example, something
that will eventually be an everyday part of most of your careers. The
examiner also emphasised that there was a good knowledge of the
pre-seen company, meaning that students had put in the right amount
of time and effort into developing an overall understanding of the
pre-seen company, the industry and the potential threats and
opportunities that the company may face.
Time management = Generally Good
management is often something that can be developed through lots of
practice, as well as knowledge of the exam style. The November report
highlighted time management as an area in which the majority of
students had done well in, with very few students having unanswered
questions or unfinished answers. However, one aspect that was also
picked up on, was the misuse of time in some instances. The examiner
reported that a large number of exam scripts had shown evidence of
time being wasted on more trivial matters, such as formatting. For
example, students might be spending too much time on creating a
letter/email that is formal or chatty enough for the fictional
situation of the exam questions. An example of this is provided
in the main report. The basic lesson from this is to ensure that you
do not waste time on things in the exam that will not impact upon
your overall grade, you are after-all being tested on your knowledge
of the theory and the application of that theory in practice, not
your grammatical expertise.
Explaining "Why" = Poor
area that the examiner felt could have been better in the November
exam, was the use of the words "because" or "therefore".
The report expressed that students had been making good and valid
arguments, but were not fully explaining the reason for their
decisions/arguments. Ensuring that you can explain "why"
allows the examiner to fully understand that your answer is
justified, giving you a greater chance of getting the top marks.
terms of the overall skills demonstrated in the exam, the examiner
highlighted that students generally performed well in both Business
skills and People skills. Knowledge of E1 therefore was very good. P1
and F1 on the other hand "appeared to be more challenging".
full analysis of the different exam variants within the November OCS
exam, you'll find the examiner's report here: OCS
November 2015 Examiner's Report