Introduction to Cambridge IGCSE Business Studies (0450) and Techniques in Examinations
Cambridge IGCSE Business Studies is accepted by universities and employers as proof of an understanding of business concepts and techniques across a range of different types of businesses.
Successful Cambridge IGCSE Business Studies learners will be able to:
understand different forms of business organisations, the environments in which businesses operate and business functions such as marketing, operations and finance
appreciate the role of people in business success.
They will also gain lifelong skills, including:
the ability to calculate and interpret business data
communication skills needed to support arguments with reasons
the ability to analyse business situations and reach decisions or judgements.
For Cambridge IGCSE Business Studies, candidates take two compulsory components, Paper 1 and Paper 2. Both question papers will draw on topics taken from the whole of the syllabus content. All candidates are eligible for grades A* to G.
The four assessment objectives in Cambridge IGCSE Business Studies are:
AO1: Knowledge and understanding
Relationship between assessment objectives and components（评估目标及组成部份的关系）
Grade thresholds and cumulative world totals grades in June 2017（2017年6月的等级分数门槛及累计世界总成绩）
The maximum total mark for this syllabus, after weighting has been applied, is 160.
The overall thresholds for the different grades and cumulative world totals grades in the June 2017 examination were set as follows.
Combination of Components
Cumulative world totals grades A* - G
% achieving A*
% achieving A
% achieving B
% achieving C
% achieving D
% achieving E
% achieving F
% achieving G
Techniques in Examinations（考试技巧）
Remember that the most common “prompt words” are “'identify”, “define”, “calculate”, “explain”, “consider”, “recommend”, “Do you think that…”.
Make sure you apply your answers to the business outlined at the start of each question in Paper 1 and the data response context in Paper 2. If your answer could be suitable for any business then you probably have not applied and you will not gain all of the available marks. Try underlining the key words about the business outlined.
Make sure you explain – or analyse – your answer for questions (c), (d), and (e) on Paper 1 and all questions on Paper 2. Short statements may not gain you all of the available marks.
The (e) questions on Paper 1 and the (b) questions on Paper 2 require a judgement to be made. On question e) on Paper 1 you will need to evaluate and show judgment. With question b) tasks on Paper 2, make sure that you weigh up each option before deciding which is the best. Just stating which option you think is the best one will not gain you the evaluation marks – you must give a reason for this choice.
With the b) questions on Paper 2 you should also explain why you rejected the other options if you are to gain all the available marks.
Make sure you check the instructions on the question paper, the length of the paper and the number of questions you have to answer. In the case of Cambridge IGCSE* Business Studies examinations you will have to answer every question as there will be no choice.
Allocate your time sensibly between each question. Every year, good students let themselves down by spending too long on some questions and too little time (or no time at all) on others.