The keys to doing well in SECTION A are …
- Answer all of the questions. There are no choices on this section of the exam. You will have to answer one biological, one cognitive and one sociocultural short-answer question.
- Write an answer that is between one and 1.5 pages long, depending on handwriting. This averages around 300-400 words.
- Read the question carefully. Note the command term
- Begin your SAQ with a direct response to the question. For example, if you are asked to describe one evolutionary argument for one behaviour, then start with “Evolution may be used to explain why we are attractive to some people and not to others.” There is NO introduction to this response. It is not an essay.
- Define any terms that are required to answer your question. This includes outlining theories.
- Provide ONE piece of research unless specifically asked for two. You should cite the researcher(s) by name.
- Always outline the aim, procedure and results of the study that you are describing.
- Directly link the study to the question: always consider your closing sentence; when you have finished, read the question again and ensure that your last sentence links back to the question and demonstrates to the examiner that you really have addressed exactly what the question was asking for.
- Don’t rush. You have 20 minutes to write a response. You should use the full amount of time to write your SAQ.
- If the question asks for one example of research or a theory, NEVER write more than one – even in an introduction. You are ALWAYS marked on your first example. Many students worldwide lose a lot of credit for not following this simple direction.
- Do not write a long introduction. Directly answer the question.
- You are not required to have the date of the research.