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Changes to 2022 Levels 1, 2 and 3 Geography Examinations
A2021/27 - 17 Dec 2021


Principal’s Nominee 
Head of Geography
All Geography Teachers

Changes to 2022 Levels 1, 2 and 3 Geography Examinations

The language and layout of the 2022 Levels 1, 2 and 3 Geography examinations have been simplified to help students provide more succinct responses.

The language used to start each question may change from “describe”, “explain” or “comprehensively analyse” to “How is….”, “How does…” or “How and/or why”, as appropriate.

The change does not affect the content being taught.

Exemplars provided

The 2021 examination questions have been re-written to provide exemplars of the changes.

For further information, refer to Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 Assessment Specifications with links to exemplars of this change in the language.


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School Relationship Manager

School Quality Assurance and Liaison

Telephone: 04 463 3000


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