The National 5 Exam is made up of three parts.
Explaining and commenting on the meaning and context of religious beliefs, practices and sources.
Morality and Belief
Presenting detailed and reasoned views about contemporary moral question
Religious and Philosophical Questions
Analysing religious and philosophical questions and responses.
It lasts 90 minutes, so roughly 30 minutes per section. Within each section there are different topics, you need to make sure you answer only the topic you have studied.
Each section will have 3-4 questions, the whole section will be worth 20 marks.
There are two main skills you will need in your exam, alongside basic description questions.
Analysis is a pivotal skill in National 5. The focus in analysis is on breaking down factual information. Analysis can follow knowledge and understanding and very often excellent knowledge and understanding is, in fact, analysis. Similarly, analysis often precedes evaluation. Analysis includes the following:
- making connections
- explaining the background
- predicting consequences
- identifying implications
- interpreting sources and viewpoints
There will be an 8 marker question in each section, this will be an Evaluation question.
For some time now, ‘evaluating’ has been misunderstood as simply listing two sides of an argument. The skill demands much more than this and expects candidates to discuss the quality of any positions taken. This involves:
- making a supported judgement on an issue
- making a supported measurement of the effects, impact or significance of an issue
- presenting a case for or against a position
- commenting on the quality of positions taken on issues