Information & Communication Technology 1996-2003

GCSE Revision

GCSE IT Revision Quiz

These are typical questions that may appear in your exam. Have a go at all the questions (every box must be attempted). It may take you about 40 minutes to complete. Then once you have sent it off to me, you will be able to see the answers. Be one of the 50 a day from all over the world to have a go! Click here to see if your school is one of over a thousand schools recorded so far.


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1. What do the following commonly used acronyms stand for?
2. Which of the following are computer input devices?
keyboard mouse scanner
microphone plotter sensor
monitor printer speaker
3. Which of the following are computer output devices?
keyboard mouse scanner
microphone plotter sensor
monitor printer speaker
4. Approximately how many A4 pages of text can be stored on one floppy disk?

4   50   360   600   900  

5. The complete works of Shakespeare can be purchased on one CD-ROM or as a printed book. Why might it be better to
(a) use a CD-ROM?

(b) use a book?
6. Which storage device would you use to bring a piece of work, which you have done on your computer at home, into school to enable you to continue working on it here?

floppy disk   hard disk   CD-ROM

7. Put these storage devices in order of access speed, starting with the fastest:

  >     >  

8. Put the following in order of storage capacity, starting with the highest:

  >     >  

9. Ink-jet printers have become very common in schools, when a laser printer can be purchased for a similar price.

(a) Give two reasons why a laser printer might be preferable.

(b) Give one reason for not using a laser printer.

10. State four pieces of equipment that you would recommend to a blind person wishing to purchase a computer system.
11. You have been asked to set up an experiment to measure and record the effects of pollution in a local river during the summer months. You have been told that pollution causes an increase in bacterial growth which reduces the amount of dissolved oxygen available.

(a) What items of equipment would you need?

(b) How often would readings need to be taken?

12. Supermarkets now use a lot of computer equipment for many different purposes.

(a) Give one example of where in the supermarket such equipment is used.

(b) Explain (describe with reasons) why this has made the job easier for the staff involved.

(c) Give one disadvantage of the introduction of IT into supermarkets.

13. The change over to computer equipment in the automobile and newspaper industries during the 1980's has had a devastating affect on employment in this country. However, employment in supermarkets has grown and things are generally looking much brighter for the 21st Century. Give reasons to explain both of these statements.
14. Which letter of the alphabet would be drawn by the following list of commands?

LEFT 135

P   Q   R   S   T  


Check that you have attempted all of the questions otherwise it will be refused.


There have been thousands of responses to these questions during the run up to the GCSE examination. Click here to see if your school is one of the hundreds of school recorded so far.


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