Initial thoughts on the N5 paper is that it is a big improvement on last year’s. Our pupils were happy with the content so here’s hoping that the results back this up.
The paper however still feels “bitty” at times and some questions look as if they have been introduced to make up the marks.
A few concerns in our school over several questions:
Question 5 about the “graphic”. Not sure what is being looked for here. As the question stands surely any graphics file format could have been used?
Question 12 asks for all possible outputs? Is it not asking for the actual outputs?
Question 14b(ii) Complying with the Data Protection Act when collecting information.
Is the answer looking for the point below?
Personal data shall be obtained only for one or more specified and lawful purposes, and shall not be further processed in any manner incompatible with that purpose or those purposes.
They do not necessarily need the prior consent of the data subject so hopefully that is not the expected answer.
Question 15c(ii) Will 7 or 8 bit ASCII both be acceptable for answers? We would hope so as the question is not specific about standard or extended ASCII.
Question 20b. Describe one factor that has affected the quality of this sound? We can only guess which factor it would be. It would make more sense to say “which may have affected the quality of this sound”
However, a big improvement on last year’s paper so good luck to all our N5 candidates and let’s hope that many take up the opportunity to come back for Higher next session.