For candidates who are sitting the 16+ examination, these sample questions provide an indication of the academic level required, the style of questions and the timings to expect.
We do not provide mark schemes.
Questions will be set on topics that most candidates are likely to have studied by the end of Year 10, but will not necessarily be routine; rather they will be designed to test understanding of the topics and flexibility of approach to problem solving.
The list of topics on which questions might be set is as below:
Probability and Statistics
The writing paper will be in two parts (50 minutes in total)
Part 1 (20 minutes) will be an exercise in personal reflection.
Part 2 (30 minutes) is designed to test candidates’ written ability, quality of ideas and arguments. Candidates will be asked to write around one side of A4 or 350 words typed.
Examples of possible questions are:
(50 minutes) This paper will consist of 25 multiple-choice questions designed to assess thinking and reasoning skills, which are applicable to a range of academic disciplines.
1. Western consumers, when they find out about production methods, often boycott products that have been made by child workers in poorer countries abroad. They do this out of concern for the children involved. However, critics of these actions say that using child labour is a necessary step for developing countries to go through, one that Western countries went through, and these children bring much-needed income into their households. Therefore, such boycotts may actually make these children worse off in both the short and long run.
Which of the following statements most resembles the conclusion to this argument?
2. There are shortages of almost all types of organs for transplant. Whether a donor can survive the donation, such as with a kidney, or organs have to come from those recently deceased, the donors or their families should be financially compensated to encourage more people to donate.
Which of the statements below would be a counterargument to the argument above?