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SEAB O Level 2286/2281 IGCSE 0455 Economics Syllabus

Getting a basic knowledge of the O Level Economics syllabus

To acquire the competency in handling the demands of the examination, it is imperative for students to examine the syllabus content and format. By knowing the format of exam, students will be mentally prepared to manage the study-related challenges. Furthermore, it will be beneficial to students as they will recognize the significance of learning certain topics in the Economics subject.

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SEAB O Level 2286/2281 IGCE 0455 Economics Syllabus 2017

Getting a basic knowledge of the O Level Economics syllabus

Secondary Tuition Singapore - SGEducators Tuition Hub - O Level and IGCSE Economics Syllabus Icon

To acquire the competency in handling the demands of the examination, it is imperative for students to examine the syllabus content and format. By knowing the format of exam, students will be mentally prepared to manage the study-related challenges. Furthermore, it will be beneficial to students as they will recognize the significance of learning certain topics in the Economics subject.

Examination Format

How will students be tested for GCE O Level Economics (2286) or Cambridge O Level Economics (2281) or IGCE Economics (0455) examinations.

The Economics subject at the secondary level is offered not only in several Singapore schools, but also at the international level. Although the subject codes vary, the examination format and content taught are identical. Students will learn how to use economic tools to analyse data and apply their reasoning skills to provide economic judgments on certain issues. The mode of assessment is purely carried out in the written form. Students will be required to complete two papers.

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Paper 1: Multiple Choice

Students are required to complete 30 multiple choice questions, in which each question contains four choices to select from. Only one of the four response is correct. Students are given 45 minutes to complete the paper. Paper 1 occupies 30% of the total grade, in which every question carries 1 mark.

Generally, it is quite manageable for students to attain at least 20 out of 30 marks if they undergo regular practising of questions. It is important for students to gain access to a vast pool of questions to build up their familiarity to the question variants, so that they know the appropriate ways to answer questions.

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Paper 2: Structured Questions

Data Response Questions (DRQ)

Paper 2 can be examined in two sub-parts: Data Response Questions (DRQ) and essay questions. For the DRQ, students are required to read a series of extracts that may contain data in different forms and answer a set of short answer questions. The DRQ holds 30 marks in total. For the essay questions, students can select 3 out of 6 essay questions to attempt. Every essay question carries 20 marks. In total, Paper 2 occupies 70% of the overall grade. Students have 2 hours 15 minutes to complete the paper.

Essay Questions

For the essay questions component, students have to separate the revision into two parts. First, students should undergo topical revision to identify and apply key economic terms that will give them the basic tier marks. Factor identification and impact analysis will be helpful to students as they enable students to do point elaboration in their essays. Second, students should integrate their topical-based knowledge to handle challenge questions that are usually tested in the later parts of the essay questions. For example, these are usually the ‘discuss’ questions that require students to provide both perspectives of the dialectical arguments.

For more information, please refer to the 2017 GCE O Level Economics (2286) syllabus that is used in Singapore schools.

Alternatively, you can refer to the 2017-2019 Cambridge O Level Economics (2281) syllabus or the 2017-2019 Cambridge Economics (0455) syllabus that are used in international schools.

Economics Examination Trends

How Economics tutor Simon Ng view the latest examination trends?

To prepare for the Economics examination, it is imperative that students develop the discipline to practise as many questions as possible. It will be beneficial for students to start early as it is a frictional and strenuous process to experience.

Data Response Questions (DRQs)

For the Data Response Questions (DRQs), students should expect the inclusion of more data to analyse. For example, examiners have added the population demographics data for students to determine the birth rate, death rate, and migration rate of a country. As such, it can be concluded that examiners place greater emphasis on data analysis, which is a logical direction to undertake, given that this technological age revolves around the collection and usage of data (also known as big data).

Case Study Techniques

Essay Questions

The examination trends have been shifting towards the usage of real world scenarios not only in the DRQs, but also in the essay questions. For the essay questions, the preamble (given quotes) of the essay question may set the direction of the essay as students are expected to use relevant examples to answer the questions. This means that students are required to develop a basic understanding of the different industries, such as the automobiles and airlines. In order to maximise the possible grades attained, students should try to minimize their errors in the basic questions, particularly the ‘definition’ and ‘factor identification’ questions.

Essay Writing Skills Techniques

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Economics Examination Trends

How Economics tutor Simon Ng view the latest examination trends?

To prepare for the Economics examination, it is imperative that students develop the discipline to practise as many questions as possible. It will be beneficial for students to start early as it is a frictional and strenuous process to experience.

Data Response Questions (DRQs)

For the Data Response Questions (DRQs), students should expect the inclusion of more data to analyse. For example, examiners have added the population demographics data for students to determine the birth rate, death rate, and migration rate of a country. As such, it can be concluded that examiners place greater emphasis on data analysis, which is a logical direction to undertake, given that this technological age revolves around the collection and usage of data (also known as big data).

Essay Questions

The examination trends have been shifting towards the usage of real world scenarios not only in the DRQs, but also in the essay questions. For the essay questions, the preamble (given quotes) of the essay question may set the direction of the essay as students are expected to use relevant examples to answer the questions. This means that students are required to develop a basic understanding of the different industries, such as the automobiles and airlines. In order to maximise the possible grades attained, students should try to minimize their errors in the basic questions, particularly the ‘definition’ and ‘factor identification’ questions.

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