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The exam

There will be two written papers and one practical examination.

The first written paper will carry 25% of the total marks and will last two hours. This paper will cover material which may be taken from any area of the lecture course and will consist of two sections. Section A will be mostly theory questions with all questions worth one mark each. Section B will be mostly data-handling questions with all questions worth three marks each. The questions in this paper will require candidates to choose the best answer from several alternatives. Candidates should answer all questions.

The second written paper will last three hours and have five or more essay questions of which candidates should answer four. This paper will carry 60% of the total mark.

The practical examination will last one hour and twenty minutes and carry 15% of the total marks. This paper will encompass material from both the experimental and histology practicals, and will be taken in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience. The questions will require candidates to choose the best answer from several alternatives. Candidates should answer all questions.

NOTE: You will be notified of any changes to the above notice.

Past examination papers for NST IB Physiology are available from Colleges, and collected essay questions from previous years are to be found on the CamTools website. The multiple-choice papers are not on the website, however, because they are not to be considered a teaching resource. Students should not attempt to rote-learn past-paper multiple-choice questions – this is not the right way to learn physiology!

Approved calculators

The only calculator that may be used in the end-of-year exam is one stamped as approved by the University: programmable and graphing calculators capable of storing a data-base of facts and several ready-made exam answers are obviously unacceptable in the exam room. You can buy the standard approved model (they are extremely good value for money) from the Department of Chemistry Part IA Preparation Room at the beginning of the Michaelmas Term, or you can get your existing calculator checked (and hopefully approved and stamped!) by taking it to any member of the Technical Staff in the Physiology Experimental Laboratory.