The standard of the paper was adequate and within reach of the candidates. It covered
satisfactorily the expected various levels of thinking. The quality of items compared well
with those of previous years. The questions were well framed in simple language. Also,
coverage of the syllabus was near perfect. The items and rubrics were unambiguous.
The time was quite adequate.
The paper tested the candidates in the following areas:
Understanding of the basic principles and applications of physics;
Scientific skills to recognize its applicability in everyday life;
Scientific phenomena, laws, definition and concepts;
Scientific terminology and conventions;
Analysis and evaluation of given data.
The marking scheme was quite clear and detailed.
The performance of the candidates was better compared to that of the previous year. The
candidates' population of 469,019 recorded a raw mean score of 18 and standard
deviation of 10.17 as against a raw mean score of 13 and a standard deviation 8.83 in the
May/June 2009 W ASSCE with a candidature of 465,498.