That Blue Square Thing - Geography Revision

Paper 1 - Decision Making Exercise

WARNING! These pages are now very old. They were last updated in 2008 and the content applies to an old version of any geography syllabus currently active in the UK.
I've kept them here because there might be something useful for someone and the general marking principles aren't all that different. But be aware that it's old and out of date (the stuff on the Google Earth page in particular may not work at all)

Paper 1 used to be a decision making exercise (a DME). I rather enjoyed paper 1, and marked it for years and years.

AQA B, the spec which sort of replaced AQA C doesn't really have a DME paper anymore. Which is a shame, but never mind - this stuff holds pretty true for most specs which do have DMEs I reckon so it might be vaguely useful for someone perhaps.

A DME tends to involve making some sort of decision (yes, really...) rather than using so much case study material. In lots of ways this paper often seems easier - but you have to know how to go about answering it to maximise your mark.

How to Pass a DME:

It's useful to think about how to answer a DME effectively. There are a few key things you can do to improve your chances of a higher mark.

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