- Duration: 2 hours
- Total: 49 marks
- Worth: 50% SL and 40% HL
- Note to HLs: Papers for HL and SL are same format except…one, two or all of the essay titles will reference the additional HL topics (the extensions).
- three compulsory short-answer questions (9 marks each)
- one question on biological, one on cognitive and one on socio-cultural
- can only use AO1/2 command terms describe, outline, or explain.
- Spend around one hour on this section;
- you actually have 22 minutes per SAQ as the paper is out of 49 and you have 2 hours in total, so if you go a little over in section A, that’s fine!
Top tips for answering SAQs
The link below takes you to my tip tips for SAQs menu planning PowerPoint! Bon Appetit!
For a slightly more colourful version, here is the link to the original google slides presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1BXY6APojeTpH-IV6O65lpHwA6dzG17aFxKlPAS1uiyo/edit?usp=sharing
- one essay from a choice of three on the core approaches (22 marks).
- choose an essay from a choice of one bio, one cog and one socio-cultural.
- essay titles will use AO3 command terms evaluate, discuss, contrast and to what extent.
- you should spend around one hour on your essay
- essays are graded according to 5 marking criteria that you will need to get used to!
Top tips for answering ERQS
Paper 1 ERQ topsheet
How to write a decent introduction
Engaging with Command Terms
My ERQs google slideshow: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1qXRNMbklMzeHcy5-Xj580kMZP8IE9sUTmpzugkAQaHw/copy
Portioning up your essays:
- Criteria A (focus on question)
- 2/22 therefore 9%
- you should spend around 5 minutes on your introduction
- This means you can write no more than 125 words for this section.
- Criteria B (description)
- 6/22 therefore 27%
- you should spend around 15 minutes on your description (AO1)
- This means you can write no more than 375 words for this section.
- Criteria C (use of studies as evidence for and against)
- 6/22 suggesting that 27% of your evaluation, e.g. chains of reasoning should be based on research studies
- focus on the findings and explain how they support/refute the theoretical arguments in your essay
- in reporting these findings you will also have to deliver procedural details too.
- all points must follow the PEEL structure
- present at least one strength and one weakness based on research studies
- write no more than 375 words for this section.
- Criteria D (critical thinking)
- 6/22 suggesting that another 27% of your evaluation should come competing arguments (however, in contrast, this said wherever possible)
- e.g. methodological evaluation of evidence (GRAVE), applications to real life and comparison with alternative theoretical positions (including other approaches in psychology; bio, cog and socio-cultural).
- Criteria E (clarity and organisation)
- 2/22 suggesting that 9% of your time should be spent making sure your essay makes sense; spend time proof-reading and ensuring your PEEL structure is in place, adding extra details for clarification and so on
- this time should also be spent writing your conclusion, drawing the threads together to give a balanced and nuanced judgement that relates directly to the question but does not introduce any new material.
- you can spend about 5 minutes on this so, a couple of mins to read through and a couple of minutes on the conclusion.
- conclusions do not need to be long just a sentence or so but are important to this criteria as they will leave the examiner with a sense of clarity about your overall perspective. No need to write more than about 60 words for the conclusion.
Use this sheet to plan your essays; type into the boxes to make a plan or scribble down your ideas in pencil on a hard copy. You could even ‘save as’ and delete the boxes as you to create your final essay 🙂
Paper 1 Grade boundaries
From Barcelona training; there are no grade boundaries for the new exams, and given that Paper 1 is now out of 49 not 44 a few little calculations were necessary. These were created by John Crane and are based on the current programme.
- Grade 7: >32 (>66%)
- Grade 6: 26-31 (53%)
- Grade 5: 20-25 (41%)
- Grade 4: 15-19 (31%)
- Grade 3: 11-14 (23%)
- Grade 2: 6-10 (13%)
- Grade 1: 0-5 (<12%)