Additional information on the new H2 BIO syllabus
The table below compares the major changes in the exam format and weightage in the new H2 BIO syllabus with reference to official documents from SEAB. Both papers 2 and 3 will assess the entire syllabus. This is in contrast to the clear demarcation of core and application syllabus previously. The essays will now appear in paper 3. For the first time, there is allocation of marks to language quality in addition to facts in essays. More marks are given to essays and they have a more integrative perspective now. On top of that, paper 3 will also include stimulus text on which questions derive from. Such text can come from a textbook, journal article or any relevant sources. Planning question from paper 3 now appear in the practical exam paper instead. Previously, school teachers plan assessable experiments in advance and prep students to do well beforehand for SPA. In the new format, the practical paper aligns more closely to the more traditional examination style.
Additional info on assessment rubric
Referencing the table above, the new format is definitely making it harder than ever for the students to do well. The weightage allocated for memory work is reduced. More emphasis to higher level critical thinking. It seems like a move away from rote memorization, however, the reality is that students need to still memorize the basic facts and on top of that be able to tackle questions that have little or nothing to do with the syllabus. They have to make the connection in such novel situations. If you are looking for help in this area you have to look out for tutors who spends time adapting to the new scheme rather than those who have reshuffle their notes trying to recycle as much as they can.
What my student say after joining my H2 BIO TUITION
Puah Yi Hao (SAJC 2017)
Mr Yang’s classes are very interesting and helpful, it doesn’t just focus on the subject itself, but he also teaches us techniques to study and memorize biology better. During his lessons, he usually recaps on the topics and I find them very useful, especially when coming back from a break after an exam or right before the exam. I am very thankful to Mr Yang, as ever since joining his class in early J1 I have been able to score A for almost every H2 Biology exam in J1 and J2.