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The most reliable route to exam success is repeated practice. This course solves the two problems that attend exam practice: your time and your students' time.
  • all answers are auto-marked; teachers' time is freed up to actually teach.
  • formative feedback is built in at every stage. The focus is on learning first, assessment second.

How to use the course
  1. Subscribe. Access costs £6.50/student/year.
  2. Assign the practice exams to get an overview of each student's strengths and weaknesses. 
  3. Use the Gap Analysis to immediately see where additional work is needed.
  4. Assign Topic Quizzes to both reveal and fill gaps in specific key concepts.
  5. Use it as a diagnostic tool from the very start of teaching the course. This is not a last-minute panic revision tool.

Make use of the feedback!
Both teachers and students can review short-text responses in the context of their scoring rubrics. Encourage students to use these to eliminate specific weaknesses and misconceptions. 

Teachers should also review their students' peer feedback to multiple-choice questions. Because they are written student-to-student, these reveal a lot about students' true perceptions. 

Repeat the assessments
Each of these assessments is intended to be assigned multiple times. Because the questions are randomly drawn from a large bank, students know they will meet some questions more than once. This is the essential motivation to them to pay attention to feedback. Research shows that the mere expectation of multiple attempts boosts retention.  

  • Paper 1 Practice Exam 187 questions, of which 30 are shown each time. Last updated 27/3/18 21:54
  • Paper 2 Practice Exam 169 questions, of which 30 are shown each time. Last updated 28/3/18 18:00
Topic quizzes Paper 1 (each 10 questions from a larger question bank.)
  • 1.1 Systems Architecture. Last updated 28/3/18 10:54
  • 1.2 Memory. Last updated 28/3/18 10:54
  • 1.3 Storage. Last updated 10/4/18 16:30
  • 1.4 Networks. Last updated 28/3/18 10:54
  • 1.5 Network Topologies. Last updated 28/3/18 10:54
  • 1.6 Security Measures. Last updated 28/3/18 10:54
  • 1.7 System Software. Last updated 28/3/18 10:54
  • 1.8 Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns. Last updated 28/3/18 10:54

Topic quizzes Paper 2 (each 10 questions from a larger question bank.)
    • 2.1 Algorithms. Last updated 28/3/18 10:54
    • 2.2 Programming techniques. Last updated 28/3/18 10:54
    • 2.3 Robust Programs. Last updated 28/3/18 10:54
    • 2.4 Computational logic. Last updated 28/3/18 17:40
    • 2.5 Translators and facilities of languages. Last updated 28/3/18 10:54
    • 2.6 Data representation. Last updated 28/3/18 10:54
    Short-text questions
    The short-text questions in our Premium 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 (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.
    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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    Updated for 2018

    Three Xmas quizzes to lighten up the end of term,  graded easy, difficult and fiendish.

    For extra student competitiveness, make sure to set up teams and to display the Teams Whiteboard (from Assignments->Results dropdown) whilst each quiz is running. 

    And after you have run them, why not share results with the class using the Results Whiteboard?

    If you are new to Yacapaca and don't have a subscription, you can assign up to 250 quiz runs per month for free. You may want to override the default of two quiz runs per assignment in order that more students can participate. 


    Xmas Short Story Competition: The elf who did not want to help
    Want something a little more meaty than a quiz? Try this whole-class activity, which takes 30 minutes. Students write a story and then mark each other using comparative judgements. You get instant grading and a complete view of all entries and peer feedback. Watch the video below to understand how it works. 

    To run the competition:
    1. Assign as normal.
    2. Show students the 2-minute introduction video below, so they know how it works. 
    3. 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.
    4. Students will work through a 3-step process of write|judge|vote.
    5. 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).

    With thanks to: David Baron, Stuart Forsyth, Joseph Rowe, Sarah Gregory, Eric Brackenridge ,Nitesh Joshi, Beth Evans, Stuart Henderson, Selwyn Lespoir and Ian Grove-Stephensen for contributing quiz questions.
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    This is a premium course. Unrestricted access costs £6.50/student/year. To assign to your students, use the Subscribe button on the right. 

    Paper 1: 
    • 30 questions simulating the 1-4 mark questions from the exam, drawn at random from an item bank of 189 questions.
    • 3-6 mark questions as SPAs. 
    • 6 topic quizzes for revision. Each quiz displays 10 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 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 in our Premium 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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    This is a premium course. Unrestricted access costs £6.50/student/year. To assign to your students, use the Subscribe button on the right. 

    Paper 1: 
    • 30 questions simulating the 1-4 mark questions from the exam, drawn at random from an item bank of 189 questions.
    • 3-6 mark questions as SPAs. 
    • 6 topic quizzes for revision. Each quiz displays 10 questions from a bank of about 30, making them excellent material for Mastery Learning assignments. 
    Paper 2:
    • Paper 2 is a 3-hour practical examination. Practice materials for are currently in preparation. 
    Short-text questions
    The short-text questions in our Premium 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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    SPAs encourage students to really understand and evaluate a topic. 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.
    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 on Vimeo (also on YouTube here).

    Show this 2:15 orientation video to your students before they start.

    After the exercise, find the responses listed at Assignments Tab->Results->Short text responses  

    SPAs work best with open questions that invite evaluation and explanation. They are not suitable for testing rote-learned facts. When assigning, please draw students' attention to the judgement criterion: the teaching point is actually subtly encoded in this. 

    These examples are intended to spur your thinking about how you might use SPAs. If you have particular ideas for SPAs in your subject, add them to our database via this form

    The questions are:
    • Introductory activity: 10-minute joke competition:
      Enter a really funny joke. Offensive jokes, copying from the web or including your name will get you banned.
    • Biology: cheetah vs. gazelle
      Why can a cheetah run faster than a gazelle?
    • Business studies: online monetisation
      Yu Yan runs a popular YouTube channel teaching people the best way to smile, but she makes no money. How might she monetise the channel? Explain how your ideas would work.
    • Chemistry: are metals plasmas?
      Explain why metals are sometimes defined as plasmas. Feel free to Google the question before you start.
    • Computing and Business Studies: impact of smartphones
      People often want to buy the latest smartphone or other computing device, even though the devices they own still work. Discuss the impact of people wanting to upgrade to the latest smartphone. In your answer you might consider the impact on: * stakeholders * technology * ethical issues * environmental issues
    • Computing: Python program
      Write an Python program to input a user's name and then to print that name 10 times.
    • English or RE: The life-changing question
      Finish this story in your own way: Walking down the street one day, you met a homeless man selling the Big Issue. You asked him how he came to be homeless. He said "I will tell all about it, but in return you must agree to answer one question of mine. I warn you now, my question will change your life!". You agreed. And so....
    • English: poetry competition
      Write a poem that involves skating on a frozen lake.
    • Geography: world cities
      Where would you rather live; Singapore or Dubai? Why?
    • History: Norman serfs
      You are a serf in a Norman village. Describe your day.
    • History: effect of the railways
      What were the effects of Railways on Britain?
    • Maths: volume of a dog
      How would you measure the volume of a dog?
    • PSHE and Computing: What to do about bullying on Facebook
      Your best friend tells you they are being bullied on Facebook, and they are really getting depressed about it. What are the first THREE things you do to help them. 
    • Physics: the Niels Bohr barometer question
      How could you use a barometer to determine the height of a tower? Show what data you would gather and how you would calculate the height from it.
    • Xmas short story competition
      Write a Christmas short story on the theme of "The elf who did not want to help".