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SQA National 5 Business - 2nd May 2024 [Exam Chat]

SQA National 5 Business - 2nd May 2024 [Exam Chat]

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Date/Time: 2 May/ 13:00 to 15:00

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How's everyone feeling? Icl not done as much revision for this as I was prioritising other subjects but hopefully it goes well.
Reply 2
Original post by thankful-shrimp
How's everyone feeling? Icl not done as much revision for this as I was prioritising other subjects but hopefully it goes well.

Yeah, I have not done much revision for business either, hopefully, my common sense and little knowledge guide me in the exam.

BTW what are you guys doing to remember the information? and what do I do for a describe question? people say just write a detailed answer. What I personally do is write an introductory sentence and then outline the thing.

For example - Bank loan is a source of finance available to X business. A bank loan is where a sum of money is given to the business by the bank which needs to be repaid with interest.

The first stage of the recruitment process is identifying a job vacancy. This is where the business identifies an available job.
(edited 1 month ago)
Original post by LLAMAguy
Yeah, I have not done much revision for business either, hopefully, my common sense and little knowledge guide me in the exam.
BTW what are you guys doing to remember the information? and what do I do for a describe question? people say just write a detailed answer. What I personally do is write an introductory sentence and then outline the thing.
For example - Bank loan is a source of finance available to X business. A bank loan is where a sum of money is given to the business by the bank which needs to be repaid with interest.
The first stage of the recruitment process is identifying a job vacancy. This is where the business identifies an available job.
I've written a few flashcards but have mostly just completed past papers. For a describe question, treat it as you would for an outline question; give a detailed description but you don't have to say WHY or THIS LEADS TO/THIS MEANS (these are what you would have to do in an explain question or do it as a development point). If you know how to write an explain questions, just do that minus the therefore, which can lead to blag blah blah....Remember, if you are unsure of a point you can add in development points to gain extra marks. In general, my advice is just to give as much detail as possible for every questions so you can gain the maximum amount of marks (however, if you are running short of time, please avoid this and just stick to what the question is asking). Any questions just let me know! I'm sure you'll smash the exam regardless :smile:
How did you guys find the exam?
Reply 5
Original post by thankful-shrimp
How did you guys find the exam?

Overall the exam went well. I was confused about the working practice question and the credit term question, I just waffled in these.
Same here for the credit terms. Working practises was like homeworking and then it asked for benefits I think so that's just like the employees can balance personal commitments, they won't be late to meeting if they are working from home. And then for the business they won't have to buy desks etc.

What did you put for the sector of economy for the 2nd case study? I think it should have been private sector but I panicked at put public. I also struggled with the impacts of poor packaging as I had never revised this previously. Besides from that, I think it was good.
Reply 7
Original post by thankful-shrimp
Same here for the credit terms. Working practises was like homeworking and then it asked for benefits I think so that's just like the employees can balance personal commitments, they won't be late to meeting if they are working from home. And then for the business they won't have to buy desks etc.
What did you put for the sector of economy for the 2nd case study? I think it should have been private sector but I panicked at put public. I also struggled with the impacts of poor packaging as I had never revised this previously. Besides from that, I think it was good.

Ahh I put private for the sector of the economy for the second case study.

The exam was fairly decent, the questions was simpler than expected. But that loss of profits question on the first case study tripped me up, so I kind of waffled. I thought it meant how to solve cash flow problems, so here's hoping I said good stuff.
Reply 8
Original post by thankful-shrimp
Same here for the credit terms. Working practises was like homeworking and then it asked for benefits I think so that's just like the employees can balance personal commitments, they won't be late to meeting if they are working from home. And then for the business they won't have to buy desks etc.
What did you put for the sector of economy for the 2nd case study? I think it should have been private sector but I panicked at put public. I also struggled with the impacts of poor packaging as I had never revised this previously. Besides from that, I think it was good.

I think I waffled to much in the working practices😅. I said that the employees will be motivated and happy. This will increase their productivity. The image of the company will also improve. This will result in more customers blah blah blah.

other than that I put private sector since it specified that it was a "company".

For the packaging I said stuff like poor quality packaging will not be appealing to some customers as they will think the product is of poor quality as well. Poor quality packaging will result in customers receiving damaged products more frequently.
Reply 9
I put private sector although I was thinking of putting public sector. For Bad packaging I said it could harm the product which could lead to bad customer reviews and after that I said that with bad packaging it could cause a bad reputation resulting in customers going to competition. The only question that tripped me up was the credit terms.
Reply 10
Original post by llamaguy
Overall the exam went well. I was confused about the working practice question and the credit term question, I just waffled in these.

Working practices I said that it will allow employees to have a good work life balance which could result in lower levels of absenteeism.
Then I said it will improve the reputation of the organisation for allowing employees to pick suitable times.
Lower staff turnover
And Lastly I put, it will improve the relationship between the employee and employer.
And I added a bit more explaining
(edited 1 month ago)
Original post by thankful-shrimp
How did you guys find the exam?

Heya! Hope you're doing well, I thought the business exam went well! Although there were a couple curveball questions in there that I found tricky such as the working practice question in one of the case studies and the fact it asked for 3 specific factors when considering a supplier when I had only learnt 4. Literally, none of the ones asked were ones I had revised so I just waffled on Reputation and didn't attempt the other two after thinking for a while as to not waste my time. Wanted to say, well done to everyone! I'm sure you all did amazing and great job for giving it your best shot no matter the outcome. :smile:
Original post by LLAMAguy
Overall the exam went well. I was confused about the working practice question and the credit term question, I just waffled in these.

yeah I was confused on those too. I waffled working practices and just had to skip credit terms so I didn't waste time. I managed to answer what reliability was though :smile:
Original post by thankful-shrimp
How did you guys find the exam?

The exam was one of the best I have seen for years. The case studies weren't even hard and there was no compare questions!! Think I'll defo get an A.

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