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Science Entrance Test M4/5

Preliminary Information

  

On the day of the Science entrance test, you will be asked to complete as many questions as you feel able.  There is no time limit (within reason!).

 

You will be asked to analyse and evaluate scientific information based upon the following topics: 

Chemical reactions  

Acids and basis 

Population growth

 Electrical currents 

 

This information booklet gives the meaning of ‘key terms’ that you will meet during your science course at TISA.  Please take some time to read through the key terms and try the crossword puzzle at the end of the booklet.

 

Key words that you will meet in Science Investigations and Questions

 In the table below are words that you will come across in Science that have a precise meaning.  It is a good idea to know the precise meaning of these words, it will help your progress in Science. 

In column two, write the translation, in your mother language, of the word in column one.

  

Analyse

 

Interpret data to reach conclusions.

Annotate

 

Add brief notes to a diagram, drawing or graph.

Apparatus

 

The equipment used in an experiment

Apply

 

Use an idea, equation, principle, theory or law in a new situation.

Calculate

 

Find an answer using mathematical methods.  Show the working unless instructed not to do so.

Compare

 

Give an account of similarities and differences between two (or more) items, referring to both (all) of them throughout.  Comparisons can be given using a table.

Conclusion

 

What you have found out from your investigation.

Construct

 

Draw, using the data provided.

Define

 

Give the precise meaning of a word or phrase as concisely as possible.

Describe

 

Give a detailed account, including all the relevant information.

Design

 

Produce a plan or model.

Determine

 

Find the only possible answer.

Discuss

 

To give an account including, where possible, a range of arguments for and against, the relative importance of various factors and comparisons of alternative hypotheses.

Distinguish

 

Describe the differences between two or more items.

Draw

 

Represent by means of pencil lines.  Add labels unless told not to do so.

Estimate

 

Find an approximate value for an unknown quantity, based on the information provided and scientific knowledge.

Evaluate

 

Comment on the accuracy and suggest improvements.

Explain

 

Give a clear account including causes and reasons.

Hypothesis

 

An educated guess as to what you expect to happen.

Identify

 

Find an answer from a number of possibilities.

List

 

Give a sequence of names or other brief answers.

Measure

 

Find a quantity and state it using a number and SI unit.

Method

 

How you will carry out the investigation, step by step.

Outline

 

Give a brief account or summary, including essential information only.

Predict

 

Give an expected result.

Results

 

Your collected data

State

 

Give a specific name or other brief answer.

Suggest

 

Give your ideas.

Variable

 

The part of an experiment that is changed