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5. Practical assessment
5.1 Introduction
Teachers should ensure that candidates practise experimental skills throughout the whole period of
their course of study. As a guide, candidates should expect to spend at least 20% of their time doing
practical work individually or in small groups. This 20% does not include the time spent observing teacher
demonstrations of experiments.
The practical work that candidates do during their course should aim to:
provide learning opportunities so that candidates develop the skills they need to carry out experimental
and investigative work
reinforce the learning of the theoretical subject content of the syllabus
instil an understanding of the interplay of experiment and theory in scientific method
prove enjoyable, contributing to the motivation of candidates
Candidates’ experimental skills will be assessed in Paper 31/32 and Paper 5. In each of these papers, the
examiners will not be strictly bound by the subject content of the syllabus in finding contexts for setting
questions. Where appropriate, candidates will be told exactly what to do and how to do it: only knowledge
of theory and experimental skills within the syllabus will be expected.
CIE booklets of practical exercises
To support the teaching of practical skills, CIE has produced two booklets totalling almost 200 pages. Each
booklet contains 30 practical exercises, of which at least 10 are presented in detail, with lesson plans,
student worksheets and useful information for teachers and technical support staff. The other 20 are
presented in outline, for Centres to develop, learning from the experience. The booklets are:
Teaching AS Chemistry Practical Skills (PSAS97010105)
Teaching A2 Chemistry Practical Skills (PSA297010105)
They are available from CIE publications, 1 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB1 2EU, UK, phone +44 (0) 1223
553553, fax +44 (0) 1223 553558, e-mail
Guidance on making measurements and on error analysis may be found on the following websites.
See also the Resources section.
Cambridge International A & AS Level Chemistry 9701. Examination in June and November 2012.
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