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In your VCE Chemistry study course you’ve examined a range of chemical, biochemical and geophysical phenomena through the exploration of the nature of chemicals and chemical processes. You’ve applied chemical principles to explain and quantify the behaviour of matter, as well as undertaken practical activities that have involved the analysis and synthesis of a variety of materials.
You’ve also developed a range of inquiry skills involving practical experimentation and research specific to the knowledge of the discipline, analytical skills including critical and creative thinking, and communication skills.
Lastly, you’ve used scientific and cognitive skills and understanding to analyse contemporary chemistry-related issues, and you’ve learned to communicate your views from an informed position. Now it’s time to finally test what you know and if you can apply it to the questions asked in the VCE Chemistry exam.
Completing past exam papers is one of the best ways to prepare you for your final exams. The VCE Chemistry Curriculum and VCE Chemistry Study Design pages contain the most current and up to date information about VCE Chemistry and the VCE Chemistry Exam. You will find links to past exam papers from 2002 onwards further down. Note that older exam papers are not necessarily a guide to the current VCE exam requirements.
We’ve organised the past papers by course and year, naming the links as accurately as possible. If you find any errors, please let us know.
Sometimes, there is only a marking guide available, in others, the marking guide contains sample answers as well. The table usually shows each question and the criteria with each mark or mark range.
3 Tips to Help you Prepare for Your VCE Chemistry Exam
- Give attention to calculating quantities, dealing with dilution factors, applying formulas, using correct units, and determining the number of significant figures in numerical questions.
- Create a deck of flashcards. Have each card ask for a definition, equation, or fact (e.g. ‘Q: What is the name for the process for the production of bioethanol?, A: anaerobic fermentation’). Shuffle the cards and go through them regularly to help you retain information from topics you’ve learned about.
- Practice Past Paper Exams. Get as much experience as you can answering different types of questions. It’s the amount of effort that you put into each individual paper and the amount of attention you put into understanding what you got wrong and revising weaker topics that will really pay off in the long run.
3 Tips to Help you Ace Your VCE Chemistry Exam
- Annotate your VCAA data sheet. The VCE Chemistry data booklet is great but it doesn’t include everything. As you progress through the year add in notes and complementary information to your datasheet. Then when you are given the actual data sheet in the exam you’ll be able to recognise areas where you have previously added notes and easily remember what you added.
- Communicate Effectively. Use the correct Chemistry terminology. When doing calculations, set your work out clearly and accurately, showing all your steps. Ensure diagrams are drawn to scale, ruled and clearly labelled.
- Answer the question asked. With longer questions don’t just write what you know, make sure you’re answering the question and satisfying the verb in the question – e.g. Assess, Evaluate, Discuss, Describe etc. Also, make sure you answer all aspects of the question and write sufficient for the mark allocation.
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