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AQA GCSE Chemistry Paper 2: Key facts
When is it? Wednesday 12th June in the morning
How long is the exam? One hour and 45 minutes
What is in the exam? The rate and extent of chemical change; organic chemistry; chemical analysis, chemistry of the atmosphere; and using resources.
How many marks are available? 100
How many people sit it? Nearly 278,000
Date and time of AQA GCSE Chemistry Paper 2
AQA GCSE Chemistry Paper 2 (8462/2F and 2H) is on the morning of Wednesday 12th June 2019. Most exam centres will start the exam at 9.00am, but check with yours in advance as centres can start exams by up to 30 minutes earlier or later than this time. Most exam centres will tell you to arrive at least 10 minutes before the exam starts.
The topics you will be assessed on are the rate and extent of chemical change; organic chemistry; chemical analysis, chemistry of the atmosphere; and using resources.
Official AQA advice states that in the GCSE science exams, you should “use appropriate scientific vocabulary to show the examiner that you understand scientific ideas and techniques.”
What to expect from AQA GCSE Chemistry Paper 2
The paper title is AQA GCSE Chemistry Paper 2 and the paper lasts for one hour and 45 minutes.
There are 100 marks available in this paper, and it makes up 50% of the whole AQA GCSE Chemistry exam. Chemistry Paper 1 makes up the other 50% of the AQA GCSE Chemistry exam, one of three separate science exams.
AQA GCSE Chemistry is assessed at both higher and foundation tier. Higher students can achieve grades 9 to 4, and foundation students can achieve grades 5 to 1.
Find out more about the 9-1 GCSE grading system.
Make sure you always know the structure of the paper you are sitting. Read the instructions on the paper thoroughly before you start.
The paper contains a mixture of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions.
For the open response questions, you should make sure your answer is clear, logical, sensibly structured, fully meets the requirements of the question and shows that each separate point or step supports the overall answer.
When tackling maths-based questions, it’s always best to show how you arrive at your answers.
The marks for each question are shown in brackets, ranging from one to six markers. You should answer all questions.
Remember to write clearly and use good English; even though it’s not an English exam, the examiners need to be able to understand what you’ve put.
What to bring with you to the AQA GCSE Chemistry Paper 2 exam
- A black ink or black ball-point pen
- A ruler
- A calculator
The periodic table will be provided in the exam.
TSR community advice on GCSE Chemistry
TSR member liamlarner says: “My teacher is an examiner for separate sciences and tells our class, ‘we love examining triple only content on the triple papers to test the students who want a high grade in separate sciences’.”
And username4507938 says that the “AQA website has some specimen papers or you could ask your teacher. There are also revision workbooks which have some really good questions in.”