AQA GCSE Computer Science Paper 1 8520/1 - 13 May 2019 [Exam Discussion]

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FEEL FREE TO SHARE EXAM TECHNIQUES, RESOURCES, PREDICTIONS OR EVEN YOUR WORRIES!
HOPE EVERYTHING GOES OK
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SPECIFICATION: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/comp...on-at-a-glance
PRACTICE PAPERS: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/comp...ment-resources
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Hey guys

Just wanted to set this up incase anyone wanted to talk about the AQA paper tomorrow but had no where to do it

How is everyone feeling for the exam ? Are you ready?

Feel free to share last minute advice, questions or revision resources!
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Not feeling ready at all
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I feel like the paper could go superbly well if I get the ideal questions as I am really good with programming and understanding/writing algorithms. At this point I'm just worried if I get thrown off guard by some weird questions so just need to be prepared for the worst
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Anyone got a list for the P1 topics?
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Topic 1 - Fundamentals of Algorithms
Topic 2 - Programming
Topic 3 - Fundamentals of Data Representation
Topic 4 - Computer Systems

Good luck!!
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Anyone got a list for the P1 topics?
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Anyone got a list for the P1 topics?
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Topic 1 - Fundamentals of Algorithms
Topic 2 - Programming
Topic 3 - Fundamentals of Data Representation
Topic 4 - Computer Systems

Good luck!!
Appreciate that, you too
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Do u think ssd and Hdd will come up on this paper
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Hoping the exam went well for everyone! :woo:

1 down!
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That was so easy. The 11 marker was so simple.

The Subroutine name should have been something like "End"
The parameter should have been "board"
You should have used variables "hits" and "alive"
There should have been at most 2 IF statements.
You should have ended the Subroutine.

My teacher said there would probably be 2 marks for the name of the subroutine and the parameter.
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(Original post by DoctorWhoFanatic)
That was so easy. The 11 marker was so simple.

The Subroutine name should have been something like "End"
The parameter should have been "board"
You should have used variables "hits" and "alive"
There should have been at most 2 IF statements.
You should have ended the Subroutine.

My teacher said there would probably be 2 marks for the name of the subroutine and the parameter.
Great to hear :woo:

What are you plans for the rest of the day? Afternoon off? Or another exam hot on the heals of this one? :bl:
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Didn't have enough time to go through my answers but I am pretty sure I got the majority right, the 11 marker and 6 marker was actually really straight forward, surprisingly. I might have lost a mark for forgetting to end the subroutine, but hopefully it isn't that big of a deal. Hopefully I did alright, a lot of easy multiple choice and shorter questions which should help out where I potentially might have lost a couple marks.
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I thought it went well too, I feel like my pseudocode was too simple for 11 marks. But the paper seemed to good to be true! I'm going to take a bit of a break then get cracking with biology revision for tommorow.
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I thought it went well too, I feel like my pseudocode was too simple for 11 marks. But the paper seemed to good to be true! I'm going to take a bit of a break then get cracking with biology revision for tommorow.
:woo:
Fingers crossed on a good grade then :crossedf:

Enjoy your break!

Hopefully the weather is as nice near you as it is right here :gah:
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Rip i didn't see that we had to make it a subroutine so i just wrote it as straight code.
Do you reckon i could still get marks for it as the rest of it was correct.
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Rip i didn't see that we had to make it a subroutine so i just wrote it as straight code.
Do you reckon i could still get marks for it as the rest of it was correct.
I reckon if everything else is correct you will only drop 2 marks.
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Rip i didn't see that we had to make it a subroutine so i just wrote it as straight code.
Do you reckon i could still get marks for it as the rest of it was correct.
Assuming making the subroutine with an appropriate name and the required parameter 'board' would be worth 2 marks, you might end up losing 2 marks if you forgot to make the subroutine. And if the rest is correct, I would guess you would still get 9 marks.
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Is this answer 11/11 you guys think?
SUBROUTINE WhateverYouWantToCallThisThing(B oard)
NotHit = 0
For i = 0 to LEN(Board) - 1
h = board(i)
IF h = 1 THEN
NotHit = NotHit + 1
ENDIF
ENDFOR
IF NotHit = 0 THEN
OUTPUT ("winner")
ELSEIF Nothit => 1 AND Nothit<= 3 THEN
OUTPUT ("almost there")
ENDIF
ENDSUBROUTINE
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I messed up that last question so badly... will probs only get like 3 marks
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Any guesses about grade boundaries, guys? It was definitely harder than last year's paper 1
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