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Assessment is a process of finding out how much a learner has achieved during and after the teaching and learning process. It should be part and parcel of the teaching / learning process. Assessment will take two forms;


It is recommended that teachers carry out continuous assessment basing on each sub-topic. The questions in the assessment should reflect acquisition of the following testable competences.

(The assessment strategies include: tests, work activities given to learners, simple research in library, excursion activities, projects, experiments, reports, quizzes, assignments).

(a) Knowledge:

i. Knowledge of terminology.

ii. Knowledge of specific facts.

iii. Familiarity with experiments suggested in the syllabus.

iv. Knowledge of common principles and generalization identified in the syllabus.

(b) Comprehension: ability to:-

i. Explain standard phenomena from laws and models and to describe standard experiments met with before.

ii. Translate between various forms of information presentation.

iii. Use standard methods to solve familiar numerical types of problems.

iv. Draw conclusion from experiments of a straight forward type.

Application and higher abilities: ability to:-

i. Analyze presented information

ii. Synthesis ideas from presented analyses and otherwise.

iii. Apply laws and generalizations already learnt to new situations.

iv. Devise experiments to test hypotheses and statements of models

v. Exercise evaluative judgment on suitability and results of scientific procedures.

(c) Practical abilities:

The written tests will demand knowledge of, and familiarity with experiments in Physics relevant at this level. The practical component of the assessment will further test acquisition of the following abilities:

i. Application of knowledge to practical situations.

ii. Manipulation of the apparatus and performing experiments.

iii. Making and recording observations accurately.

iv. Presentation of data in an appropriate form.

v. Drawing conclusions from observations made.

vi. Assessing suitability of procedure, experiment and observations made in support of the conclusion.


Uganda National Examinations (UNEB) will administer a Physics examination at the end of the 4th year of study.

Examination Format:

There will be three papers.

Paper 1: (2¼ hours) - (80 marks)

It will consist of two sections, A and B. Section A will contain forty (40) objective test items and section B will contain ten (10) structured short answer questions set on any part of the syllabus. All questions will be compulsory.

Paper 2: (2¼ hours) - (80 marks)

It will consist of eight (8) semi-structured/essay type questions drawn evenly from the whole syllabus. Candidates will be required to answer five (5) questions.

Paper 3: (2¼ hours)-(40 marks)

It will consist of three (3) questions. Question 1 will be compulsory. In addition, candidates will be required to answer one of the questions 2 or 3.