Science and Technology Standard Four Exam Format By Necta
Science and Technology Standard Four Exam Format from National Examinations Council of Tanzania (NECTA).
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
This assessment format of Science and Technology subject is based on the 2016 syllabus for standard III and IV which is competence based. The syllabus was effectively in use in 2017. The format is based on the objectives of assessment for Standard Four which include, among other aspects, follow up on the level of learning of the pupils in Standard Four, Science and Technology subject.
The format has introduced key changes in assessing different skills acquired by a pupil. It deviates from the previous, which emphasis was on assessing the mastery of pupil’s content outlined in the syllabus. Also, the assessment will measure the pupil’s ability in applying the acquired skills in solving basic problems in one’s environment. Those problems include challenges emanating from ignorance, diseases and poverty.
2.0 GENERAL OBJECTIVES
The assessment intends to measure the pupil’s ability in:
2.1 using knowledge and skills to develop attitudes in science and technology;
2.2 applying science and technology in solving daily life problems; and
2.3 using various technology devices.
3.0 GENERAL COMPETENCIES
In general, the assessment intends to measure the pupil’s competencies in:
3.1 investigating and making scientific and technological discoveries;
3.2 understanding the basics of science and technology; and
3.3 keeping health and maintaining the environment.
4.0 SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES
The assessment intends to measure pupil’s competencies in:
4.1 investigating objects in the environment; 4.2 identifying and utilizing various types of energy; 4.3 applying scientific and technological theories; 4.4 using Information Technology (IT); 4.5 mastering scientific skills; 4.6 carrying out scientific experiments;
4.7 observing hygiene principles as a way of solving diseaserelated problems;
4.8 observing hygiene principles as a way of staying healthy; and
4.9 identifying different systems of the human body.
5.0 ASSESSMENT RUBRIC
The assessment will have sections A and B, with a total of five (5) questions. The pupil will be required to answer all the questions. Total marks in this assessment will be fifty (50). The duration of the assessment will be 1:30 hours; and 1:45 hours for the pupils with visual impairment.
5.1 SECTION A
This section will have three (3) questions. Each question will have five (5) items. The first (1) question will be about multiple choice in which the pupil will be required to choose a correct answer from options: A, B, C and D. The second (2) question will be on matching items in which the pupil will be required to match different scientific concepts in part A with their corresponding answers from part B. The third (3) question will be on writing short answers in which the pupil will be required to choose correct answer from the possible answer provided in the box; and write it in the space provided. Each item in all questions will carry two (2) marks, making a total of thirty (30) marks in this section.
5.2 SECTION B
This section will have two (2) short answer questions, 4 and 5. Each question will have five (5) items. The questions will measure the pupil’s mastery of different concepts and skills on science and technology. In question 4, the pupil will be required to either read a passage and answer questions based on it; or to sequence a set of scientific principles, concepts, procedures or conditions so as to make it in a logical order. In the fifth (5) question, the pupil will be required to supply short answers based on different diagrams or pictures reflecting concepts of science and technology.
6.0 ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
The level of performance will be poor, average, good and excellent depending on the marks scored in each competence as shown in the assessment guideline in Table 5.