External assessment is based on the final written tests called Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 3. The papers are externally set and externally marked. Together they contribute 80% of the final mark for the two year course. These papers are designed to allow students to demonstrate what they know and what they can do.
For all examination papers, students must have access to a graphical display calculator at all times. Regulations covering the types of calculator allowed are provided in the Vade Mecum.
Each student must have access to a clean copy of the information booklet during the examination.
Marks may be awarded for method, accuracy, answers and reasoning, including interpretation. In paper 1, paper 2 and paper 3, full marks are not necessarily awarded for a correct answer with no working. Answers must be supported by working and/or explanations (in the form of, for example, diagrams, graphs or calculations). Where an answer is incorrect, some marks may be given for correct
method, provided this is shown by written working. All students are advised to show their working.