Written Exam

  • Written paper, 1 hour 25 minutes, 70 marks
  • This component is an externally set assessment, marked by Cambridge International.
  • Component 1 contains four compulsory questions. Candidates answer all the questions.
  • The Written Exam is based on a global issue related to one of the topics from the topic list.
  • The questions are based on source documents provided with the question paper. The sources provide background information and different perspectives about the global issue chosen for the exam. Sources may be taken from a variety of subject backgrounds and media, and may include images. The number of sources may vary from exam to exam.
  • Candidates are expected to read and study the sources carefully before attempting the questions. Time for reading is included in the overall time available for the paper.
  • Candidates will answer on the question paper. The source materials will be presented separately in an insert.

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