Revising yourself for ICT: Paper II (Practical)

Added by Shawon on 2014-10-06 

Practical paper’s course is the toughest to complete. Once done, it will be a lot easier to obtain marks. This paper is 3 hours long, broken down into number of activities. You will be asked to carry out practical tasks using range of application softwares and finally print out your work.

Check out one of the recent past papers:

2012 June

Question Paper: Download
Mark Scheme: Download
Data Files: Download



For the International GCSE you have to work on the following topics:

i.Graphics Designing
Software Applicable: Paint, Gimp

ii.Database management
Software Applicable: Microsoft Access

iii.Web authoring
Software Applicable: Notepad, Microsoft Word, Dreamweaver

Software Applicable: Microsoft Excel

v.Desktop Publishing/ Word Processing
Software Applicable: Microsoft Office Publisher, Microsoft Office Word

Software Applicable: Microsoft Office Powerpoint

Preparation For Each Topic

There are number of sources to learn to use these office softwares – paid or free. I will recommend some trusted ones.

i.Graphics Designing
For this course, you don’t need any effective skills. In the GCSE you do simple works like cropping, increasing/ decreasing saturation which can be done in a common software called Paint.


Database and spreadsheet are the one that need professional training. Others can be learned by oneself. To learn to use Microsoft Access check out these links:


Other links:

iii.Web Authoring
To create web pages you can either use HTML or any word processing software and save it as .html. Well I recommend to learn HTML because it is much more effective & customizable and can be used to create professional looking websites.



v.Desktop Publishing/ Word Processing



Notes to remember at the day of examination

Source: Edexcel Student Book

  • The practical paper is worth 100 marks and you have to answer all questions. The paper will consist of a number of activities, split into tasks. The type of software needed for each activity and the marks available will be clearly stated on the paper.
  • You must follow the instructions carefully. The instructions on the labeling and printing of tasks must be followed or your work may not be marked. These instructions will be same on every paper so make sure you understand what is needed as you prepare for the examination.
  • The paper will start with a brief scenario. It should help you to determine the audience and purpose of any digital product you produce.
  • Three hours are allowed for this paper, including printing. You need to manage your time carefully. IT is easy to spend too much time on a task.
  • You need to work though the tasks in each activity in order but make sure that you allow the sufficient time to attempt at least part of every activity.
  • All tasks will include a series of detailed instructions that you must follow. There will also be some questions about the products themselves – such as how they work, and whether they are fit for purpose.
  • Your centre will have been told what to do if there are hardware problems during examination session so do not panic if the printer fails or there are other problems. If you have followed the instructions you should have saved your work so it will be easy to redo some printing.
  • The most important thing is not to panic. If you have problems with one task, move on to the next. You can do the activities in any order. The simplest thing is to work through the paper in order but if there is one software tool that you feel more confident with you might like to try that one first.
  • Make sure that the printouts are labeled correctly and that they are in order of activity and task before you submit them.

Category: ICT

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