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MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

FIJI SCHOOL LEAVING CERTIFICATE
EXAMINATION

2012

COMPUTER STUDIES

COPYRIGHT: MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, REPUBLIC OF FIJI, 2012.

2.

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

FIJI SCHOOL LEAVING CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION – 2012

EXAMINER’S REPORT

COMPUTER STUDIES

GENERAL COMMENTS
A total of 3302 candidates appeared for the Computer Studies examination compared to 3347 in 2011. There has been a notable increase in the number of candidates taking the subject in schools. Candidates often failed to read and understand the questions well and therefore were not able to answer what was required.

They often lost marks for:





failing to follow instructions.
not giving examples when required to.
writing essays in point-form.
lack of understanding and knowledge of programming.

SECTION A
This section was done quite well as most of the candidates scored above 15 marks. This showed that candidates have understood most of the questions well but a thorough coverage on some topics could have resulted in better marks.

The table below shows the comments on the performance of the candidates in each question

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11

A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A

B
B
B
B
B
B
B
B
B
B
B

C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C

D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D

Well done
Well done
Well done
Well done
Well done
Poorly done
Well done
Satisfactory
Satisfactory
Well done
Well done

3.

12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30

A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A

B
B
B
B
B
B
B
B
B
B
B
B
B
B
B
B
B
B
B

C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C

D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D

Satisfactory
Satisfactory
Poorly done
Satisfactory
Well done
Satisfactory
Satisfactory
Poorly done
Well done
Satisfactory
Satisfactory
Well done
Satisfactory
Satisfactory
Satisfactory
Well done
Satisfactory
Satisfactory
Well done

SECTION B
QUESTION 1
(a)

(i)

This question was well done by the majority of the candidates.

(ii)

Majority of the candidates were able to discuss the two basic functions of the CPU.

(b)

Well done. Majority were able to name a basic limitation of a computer.

(c)

Well done. Candidates were able to correctly name the icons in the MS-Tool bar.

(d)

Fairly done. Some candidates could not give a clear definition of Artificial Intelligence.

(e)

Poorly done. Only few candidates were able to write the correct DOS Commands.

QUESTION 2
(a)

(i)

Well done. Candidates were able to correctly identify the formating features used.

4.

(ii)

Well done. Candidates understood the term indenting and were able to describe how to indent the paragraph.

(iii)

Candidates were able to identify the correct font style and size.

(iv)

Well done. Majority of the candidates descibed the “Cut and Paste” method very well.

(b)

Poorly done. Majority of candidates could not write a QBASIC statement equivalent to the mathematical equation stated.

(c)

Fairly done. Candidates used features of Supercomputer and Microcomputer as characteristics for Mainframe computers.

(d)

Poorly done. Majority of the candidates were not able to discuss what the OS does when an application program is run.

QUESTION 3
(a)

Poorly done.
Candidates were not able to construct a data dictionary, identify the field names and data types from the given database.

(ii)

Fairly done.
Candidates were able to give the Report Title but failed to report on the School Fees Balance “above zero” and “descending” criteria.

(i)

Well done. Candidates understood the function of BIOS.

(ii)

(b)

(i)

Well done. Candidates understood the functions of the File Maintenance Programs.

(c)

Well done.
Candidates were able to differentiate between Copyright and Copy Protection.

(d)

Poorly done....
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