Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Computer Science Practice Exams
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Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Computer Science Practice Exams

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Author: Mark Batchelor at Yacapaca

Paper 1: 
  • Questions that simulate the 1-4 mark questions from the exam, drawn at random from an item bank of 189 questions. We recommend you assign 30 per test to match the real GCSE.
  • 3-6 mark questions as SPAs. 
  • 6 topic quizzes for revision. Each quiz displays 10 (default) questions from a bank of about 30, making them excellent material for Mastery Learning assignments. 
Paper 2:
  • 5 alternative scenarios as separate quizzes. Each scenario presents 10 questions (more/fewer at your discretion) from an item bank of approx. 25 questions.
  • 4-6 Structured Peer Assessments for each scenario, worth up to 8 marks each.
Short-text questions
The short-text questions quizzes are auto-marked using an artificially-intelligent algorithm that can match the mark a human moderator would give at least 80% of the time. When a student challenges the mark the algorithm assigns, you should look at the individual student's response and form your own judgement. 

Find the responses listed at Assignments Tab->Results->Short text responses  

Long (up to 8-mark) questions
Long-text assessments are delivered as whole-class activities with formative peer assessment, normally lasting 30 minutes each. They use our Structured Peer Assessment module. Note that once started, SPAs cannot be finished early. You can however adjust the timing up until the moment you start the exercise. 

To run an SPA in the classroom:
  1. Assign as normal.
  2. When students are ready, click the Start button in the Assignments list. Make sure you have enough time; an SPA cannot be stopped half way through. You can adjust the time allowed at the start point, but not after. Default timings vary from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of marks available. In general students will have slightly over 1 minute of answering time per mark, plus 2 minutes for the other two steps in the process.
  3. Students will work through a 3-step process of write|judge|vote.
  4. When they are finished, you can access their answers from the Assignments list. Answers are ranked by the process but these ranks do not correlate direct to grades. 


Structured Peer Assessment intro for students (also on YouTube here).

Show this 2-minute orientation video to your students before they start.



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Author: Mark Batchelor at Yacapaca

Paper 1: 
  • Questions that simulate the 1-4 mark questions from the exam, drawn at random from an item bank of 189 questions. We recommend you assign 30 per test to match the real GCSE.
  • 3-6 mark questions as SPAs. 
  • 6 topic quizzes for revision. Each quiz displays 10 (default) questions from a bank of about 30, making them excellent material for Mastery Learning assignments. 
Paper 2:
  • 5 alternative scenarios as separate quizzes. Each scenario presents 10 questions (more/fewer at your discretion) from an item bank of approx. 25 questions.
  • 4-6 Structured Peer Assessments for each scenario, worth up to 8 marks each.
Short-text questions
The short-text questions quizzes are auto-marked using an artificially-intelligent algorithm that can match the mark a human moderator would give at least 80% of the time. When a student challenges the mark the algorithm assigns, you should look at the individual student's response and form your own judgement. 

Find the responses listed at Assignments Tab->Results->Short text responses  

Long (up to 8-mark) questions
Long-text assessments are delivered as whole-class activities with formative peer assessment, normally lasting 30 minutes each. They use our Structured Peer Assessment module. Note that once started, SPAs cannot be finished early. You can however adjust the timing up until the moment you start the exercise. 

To run an SPA in the classroom:
  1. Assign as normal.
  2. When students are ready, click the Start button in the Assignments list. Make sure you have enough time; an SPA cannot be stopped half way through. You can adjust the time allowed at the start point, but not after. Default timings vary from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of marks available. In general students will have slightly over 1 minute of answering time per mark, plus 2 minutes for the other two steps in the process.
  3. Students will work through a 3-step process of write|judge|vote.
  4. When they are finished, you can access their answers from the Assignments list. Answers are ranked by the process but these ranks do not correlate direct to grades. 


Structured Peer Assessment intro for students (also on YouTube here).

Show this 2-minute orientation video to your students before they start.



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GCSE Paper 1 practice exam (189)
30 questions (same length as a real exam) drawn from a bank of 189. Limitation: the 8-mark long text questions are presented as separate SPA exercises. This significantly reduces the time required for this quiz.
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GCSE Paper 1 - 1.1 Algorithms SPA [6]
GCSE Paper 1 - 1.n topics (30)
1.1 Algorithms
1.2 Decomposition and abstraction
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59%
GCSE Paper 1 - 2.n topics (28)
2.1 Develop Code    
2.2 Constructs    
2.3 Data Types and Structures        
2.4 Input/output  
2.5 Operators        
2.6 Subprograms 
Quality
56%
GCSE Paper 1 - 3.1 Encryption SPA [3]
GCSE Paper 1 - 3.n topics (35)
3.1 Binary  
3.2 Data representation
3.3 Data storage and compression
3.4 Encryption
3.5 Databases
Quality
55%
GCSE Paper 1 - 4.2 Hardware SPA [6]
GCSE Paper 1 - 4.n topics (34)
4.1 Machines and computational modelling
4.2 Hardware
4.3 Logic   
4.4 Software
4.5 Programming languages
Quality
55%
GCSE Paper 1 - 5.n topics (32)
5.1 Networks
5.2 Network security
5.3 The internet and the world wide web
Quality
58%
GCSE Paper 1 - 6.1 Emerging trends, issues and impact SPA 1 [6]
GCSE Paper 1 - 6.1 Emerging trends, issues and impact SPA 2 [6]
GCSE Paper 1 - 6.1 topic (29)
6.1 Emerging trends issues and impact
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56%
GCSE Paper 2 - bicycle-scenario (24)
Better Bikes

Better Bikes is a small family-run bicycle-hire company.

They offer three types of bicycle for hire on an hourly basis.

The bikes for hire are: mountain bikes, racing bikes and touring bikes.
Quality
58%
GCSE Paper 2 - bicycle-scenario: SPA 1 [3]
GCSE Paper 2 - bicycle-scenario: SPA 2 [4]
GCSE Paper 2 - bicycle-scenario: SPA 3 [2]
GCSE Paper 2 - bicycle-scenario: SPA 4 [9]
GCSE Paper 2 - bicycle-scenario: SPA 5 [4]
GCSE Paper 2 - bicycle-scenario: SPA 6 [8]
GCSE Paper 2 - bouncy-scenario (25)
Bouncy-Bouncy

Bouncy-Bouncy is a small company that hires out bouncy castles for events such as parties and festivals.

They offer three sizes of bouncy castle: small, medium and large. Hiring is done at a daily rate.
Quality
61%
GCSE Paper 2 - bouncy-scenario: SPA 1 [3]
GCSE Paper 2 - bouncy-scenario: SPA 2 [4]
GCSE Paper 2 - bouncy-scenario: SPA 3 [4]
GCSE Paper 2 - bouncy-scenario: SPA 4 [4]
GCSE Paper 2 - delivery-scenario (24)
Food4U

Food4U is a delivery company run by three brothers. They deliver take-away meals to customers in a medium-sized town in the north-east.

The company have five mopeds to deliver the meals.

The charge for delivery depends on the distance travelled and the size of the order.

Food4U also run a loyalty card scheme that offers discounts to regular customers.
Quality
58%
GCSE Paper 2 - delivery-scenario: SPA 1 [3]
GCSE Paper 2 - delivery-scenario: SPA 2 [4]
GCSE Paper 2 - delivery-scenario: SPA 3 [2]
GCSE Paper 2 - delivery-scenario: SPA 4 [7]
GCSE Paper 2 - delivery-scenario: SPA 5 [4]
GCSE Paper 2 - delivery-scenario: SPA 6 [8]
GCSE Paper 2 - football-scenario (25)
Stones Away

Stones Away is a non-profitmaking organisation that offers coach travel to supporters of Mudstone United football club.They run two coaches and a minibus for supporters who wish to follow Mudstone at away fixtures. 

The cost of a coach ticket depends on the distance to the stadium.

Members of the supporters' club and season ticket holders receive a 10% discount on all prices.
Quality
57%
GCSE Paper 2 - football-scenario: SPA 1 [3]
GCSE Paper 2 - football-scenario: SPA 2 [3]
GCSE Paper 2 - football-scenario: SPA 3 [2]
GCSE Paper 2 - football-scenario: SPA 4 [4]
GCSE Paper 2 - football-scenario: SPA 5 [8]
GCSE Paper 2 - splosh-scenario (23)
Splosh!

Splosh! is a paintballing company offering players 5 different game scenarios set in 50 acres of open woodland in rural Kent.

On arrival each player is issued with his/her own paintballing gun.

Each gun has:

• an electronic tag so its number and position can be tracked using sensors placed around the site.
• a unique reference number.
Quality
56%
GCSE Paper 2 - splosh-scenario: SPA 1 [4]
GCSE Paper 2 - splosh-scenario: SPA 2 [3]
GCSE Paper 2 - splosh-scenario: SPA 3 [6]
GCSE Paper 2 - splosh-scenario: SPA 4 [4]
GCSE Paper 2 - splosh-scenario: SPA 5 [8]