QUALIFYING TEST – QT – EXAMINATION FORMAT
010 QUALIFYING TEST
(For Private Candidates Only)
1.0 2.0 3.0 INTRODUCTION
The Qualifying Test (QT) will be administered to Private Candidates intending to sit for the Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (CSEE), but who lack the Form II level secondary education qualification.
The Qualifying Test will comprise questions from Civics, English Language, Kiswahili, History, Geography, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.
The QT assesses as much as possible topics from the form I and II national syllabus but with a focus on testing for knowledge and skills equivalent to the National Form II Examination.
The main objective of the Qualifying Test is to determine whether the prospective candidates have attained the secondary education equivalent to Form II level and, thus, are in a position to sit for the Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (CSEE).
The examination will specifically test the candidates’ ability to:
3.1 interpret basic knowledge, facts, principles, concepts and figures in the stated subjects;
3.2 state, define and name basic knowledge, facts, principles and concepts in relevant subjects;
3.3 write correct language using proper grammar, structure and vocabulary in the subject tested;
3.4 write a clear summary, answer comprehension questions and write a composition on a given passage, topic or subject;
3.5 demonstrate and interpret mathematical knowledge within a given context; manipulate the set theory and application, and carry out simple differentiation and integration;
3.6 demonstrate use of knowledge and skills in Physics, Chemistry and Biology to solve problems which may involve unfamiliar situations; and
3.7 use knowledge, concepts, laws, theories and principles of the Physics, Chemistry and Biology subjects in daily life.
1 4.0 EXAMINATION RUBRIC
There will be one (1) paper of three hours. The paper will consist of 24 questions spread out in sections A and B.
Candidates will be required to answer all the questions in part I and II of Section A and confine themselves to only one part of the three parts in section B. candidates will be required to answer a total of 16 question which will weigh 100 marks.
Section A will comprise two parts.
<> Part I will be on Civics and will consist of four (4) questions with a total of twelve (12) items.
<> Part II will be on languages and will consist of eight (8) questions of which four (4) questions will assess the English Language and four (4) questions will assess Kiswahili Language.
This part will comprise twenty four (24) items. Candidates will be required to answer all the twelve (12) questions and each question will weigh five (5) marks in this section. Thus this section will weigh 60 marks.
Section B will consist of three parts.
Each part will comprise four (4) questions with a total of thirty (30) items. Candidates will be required to confine themselves to one part.
<> Part I will comprise four (4) questions of which two (2) questions will assess Geography and two (2) questions History,
<> Part II will comprise four (4) questions of which two (2) questions will assess Physics and two (2) Mathematics and
<> Part III will comprise four (4) questions of which two (2) questions will be on Biology and two (2) Chemistry. Each question in this section will carry 10 marks. Thus, this section will weigh 40 marks.
The candidates will be assessed on the following topics in each respective subject:
5.1.1 Promotion of life skills and family life
5.1.2 Human rights and responsible citizenship
5.1.3 Government of Tanzania and democracy
5.1.4 Proper behaviour and responsible decision-making
5.1.5 Our nation
5.1.7 Road safety education
2 5.2 Kiswahili
5.2.1 Ufahamu na ufupisho
5.2.2 Sarufi na utunzi wa lugha
5.5 English Language
5.3.1 Comprehension and summary
5.3.5 Response to readings.
5.4.1 Concepts of Geography
5.4.2 Major features of the Earth’s surface
5.4.3 The solar system
5.4.4 Weather and climate
5.4.5 Map work
5.4.6 Human activities
5.4.8 Water management for economic development
5.4.9 Sustainable use of forest resources
5.4.10 Sustainable mining
5.4.11 Tourism industry
5.4.12 Manufacturing industry
5.4.13 Sustainable use of power and energy resources
5.5.1 Sources and importance of history
5.5.2 Evolution of man, technology and environment
5.5.3 Development of economic activities and their impact
5.5.4 Development of social and political systems
5.5.5 Interactions among the people of Africa
5.5.6 Socio-economic development and production in pre-colonial Africa
5.5.7 Africa and the external world
5.5.8 Industrial capitalism
3 5.6 Chemistry
5.6.1 Introduction to Chemistry
5.6.2 Laboratory techniques and safety
5.6.3 Heat sources and flames
5.6.4 Scientific procedures
5.6.6 Air, combustion, rusting and fire fighting
5.6.10 Fuels and energy
5.6.11 Atomic structure
5.6.12 Periodic classification
5.6.13 Formula bonding and nomenclature
5.7 5.8 Biology
5.7.1 Introduction to biology
5.7.2 Safety in our environment
5.7.3 Health and immunity
5.7.4 Cell structure and organisation
5.7.5 Classification of living things
5.7.7 Balance of nature
5.7.8 Transport of materials in living things
5.7.9 Gaseous exchange and respiration
5.8.1 Introduction to Physics
5.8.2 Introduction to laboratory practice
5.8.5 Archimedes’ Principle and the Law of Floatation
5.8.6 Structure and properties of matter
5.8.8 Work, Energy and Power
5.8.10 Static electricity
5.8.11 Current electricity
5.8.13 Forces in equilibrium
5.8.14 Simple machines
5.8.15 Motion in a straight line
4 5.8.16 Newton’s Laws of Motion
5.8.18 Sustainable sources of energy
5.9 6.0 Basic Mathematics
5.9.1 Numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages
5.9.2 Units, approximation and geometry
5.9.3 Ratio, profit and loss
5.9.4 Co-ordinates geometry, perimeters and areas
5.9.6 Quadratic equations
5.9.7 Radicals, exponents and logarithms
5.9.8 Congruence and similarity
5.9.9 Geometrical transformations
5.9.10 Pythagoras theorem and trigonometry