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CIE O Level Economics (2281) Assessment Objectives and their Weight

The syllabus sets out the three assessment objectives in Cambridge O Level Economics.

Assessment Objective
1. Knowledge with understanding
Demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of economic:
     vocabulary and terminology
2. Analysis
You should be able to:
     select data
     organize data
     interpret data

Apply economic knowledge and understanding in:
• writing
• numbers and calculations
• diagrams
• graphs

Use economic data to:
• recognize patterns
• find and show economic relationships
3. Critical evaluation and decision-making
You should be able to:
  distinguish between evidence and opinion
  make reasoned judgements
  communicate judgements accurately and logically
  recognize that economic theory has various limitations and uncertainties
  evaluate the social and environmental implications of particular courses of economic action
  draw conclusions from economic information and critically evaluate economic data
  communicate conclusions in a logical and concise manner

The following table shows the relationship between the assessment objectives and the different examination papers.

Assessment Objective
Paper 1 (%)
Paper 2 (%)
Overall (%)
1. Knowledge with understanding
45 ± 5
20 ± 5
28 ± 5
2. Analysis
55 ± 5
35 ± 5
41 ± 5
3. Critical evaluation and decision-making
45 ± 5
31 ± 4

The assessment objectives are weighted to give an indication of their relative importance. They are not intended to provide a precise statement of the number of marks allocated to particular assessment objectives.

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