I have been asked quite a few questions about the BTEC Business First Award on-screen Unit 2 Finance Test. I have asked our exams officer to put your questions to the exam board and these are the answers that have been given to the questions you have asked.
Can you do your working / make notes on paper?
Yes, you can be provided with a blank piece of paper and make notes / use this to help with your calculations. You must however hand this in at the end of the exam.
Can you use your own calculator and not the on-screen one?
Yes, however normal exam rules apply to calculators. Remember that you need to type in carefully any calculations completed into the on-screen test.
How is the exam marked?
The exam is marked by a human and not a computer, this means you will have to wait a little longer than the instant feedback you get with my tests and practice questions.
When do I get the results?
The results will be sent to the centre around 28 - 52 days after you have completed the test.
When can I resit?
Hopefully you don't need to worry about this, however if you do then you can resit near enough as soon as you have had the results of your previous test. Remember you will have to pay for any resits.
What are the grade boundaries?
This is hard to say as it depends on the question bank that you face. One student could take a test which 25 out of 50 is a Pass grade, whereas someone else takes another test where 27 out of 50 will be a Pass grade. We are told this will be done fairly and should not cause too many issues.
If you are entitled to additional time or additional support in “conventional” exams, then these will apply with the BTEC exams. If you believe you should have access to this and it has not been organised by the centre, ensure you speak to the exams officer.
How long is the test?
The test is 1 hour long.
How many marks in total for the exam?
You will be asked questions that total 50 marks.
What does the actual test screen look like?
The following link shows you what the official on screen test will look like. You an even have an attempt at this sample paper, however it does not give you the answers at the end. http://www.edexcel.com/migrationdocuments/BTEC%20Firsts%20from%202012/BTEC%20Firsts%20online%20SAMs%20(Business).pdf