CONSULTATION – tests and assessment points for the AQA course

Dear teachers,

I have a dilemma. I am not teaching an A-level Chemistry class this year (for the first time in 20 years) as I have moved to Sierra Leone, which uses a different examination system.

In previous years I have always uploaded the tests and assessment points just after my students have sat them, to prevent cheating. The mark scheme is uploaded a week later. As I don’t have my own class anymore, I have no further need to do this. However I will continue to do so if it is helpful to teachers.

So here are the options:

  1. Upload all tests and assessments points, including mark schemes, at the start of the academic year
  2. Set a timetable for tests and assessment points and publish them over the year, with the mark scheme following one week later
  3. Do something else that I haven’t thought of

Please let me know which option you prefer by 5 pm on Sunday 24th September so I can make a final decision.






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Chemistry teacher based in Freetown
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7 Responses to CONSULTATION – tests and assessment points for the AQA course

  1. Wakerley, Carrie-Ann says:

    Option 1 would be my choice. Thank you so much for doing this.


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  2. MissChem says:


    Number 1

    Much appreciated

  3. M. Pervaiz Iqbal says:

    Dear teacher
    Thank you so much for doing all the prep work making our life easier. I don’t mind any option.
    Thanks again

    Sent from my iPhone

  4. adam ahmed says:

    Hi, ive got a really important question.
    Im about to start doing exam papers for aqa chemistry, my question is do your practise papers contain all the possible past paper questions? or just a few? as i am unsure if doing these practise papers alone would be fine, or i should aim to do the actual past papers from last spec aswell? Would really appretiate your response as i am making my plan for exam season now, and need to know how to go aobut it , thanks in advance.

    • mwalimuluke says:


      The practice papers contain every AQA question since 2002 unless the question contains no material which is still examinable. Some questions have been adapted to remove non-examinable material.

      The structured questions in the AS-level Practice Papers are not repeated in the A-level practice papers (the multiple choice questions are) so you will have to attempt these aswell, if you did not do so in Year 12.

  5. Abdirahman Hassan says:

    Hello, the markscheme for as paper 1 practice paper 25 seems to be blank, i hope you find time to fix this problem. Thanks in advance

    • mwalimuluke says:


      You must be using a mac. If you open the document in microsoft word, rather than let the mac choose the programme, you will be able to see everything.

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