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NSW Syllabuses

Biology Performance Band Descriptions

The typical performance in this band: 

Band 6

  • demonstrates an extensive knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts, including complex and abstract ideas
  • communicates scientific understanding succinctly, logically, and consistently using correct and precise scientific terms and application of nomenclature in a variety of formats and wide range of contexts
  • designs and plans investigations to obtain accurate, reliable, valid and relevant primary and secondary data, evaluating risks, mitigating where applicable, and making modifications in response to new evidence
  • selects, processes, and interprets accurate, reliable, valid, and relevant qualitative and quantitative, primary or secondary data, and represents it using a range of scientific formats to derive trends, show patterns and relationships, explain phenomena, and make predictions
  • designs solutions to scientific problems, questions, or hypotheses using selected accurate, reliable, valid, and relevant primary and secondary data, and scientific evidence, by applying processes, modelling and formats
  • applies knowledge and information to unfamiliar situations to propose comprehensive solutions or explanations for scientific issues or scenarios 

Band 5

  • demonstrates thorough knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts, including complex and abstract ideas
  • communicates scientific understanding, logically, and effectively using correct scientific terms and application of nomenclature in a variety of formats and wide range of contexts
  • designs and plans investigations to obtain accurate, reliable, valid and relevant primary and secondary data, evaluating risks, mitigating where applicable, and making some modifications in response to new evidence
  • selects, processes, and interprets accurate, reliable, valid, and relevant qualitative and quantitative, primary or secondary data, and represents it using a range of scientific formats to derive trends, show patterns and relationships
  • designs solutions to scientific problems, questions, or hypotheses using selected accurate, reliable, and valid primary and secondary data, and scientific evidence, by applying processes, and formats
  • applies knowledge and information to unfamiliar situations to propose explanations for scientific issues or scenarios

Band 4

  • demonstrates sound knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts
  • communicates scientific understanding effectively using scientific terms and application of nomenclature
  • designs and plans investigations to obtain primary and secondary data and evaluates risks
  • processes and interprets primary and secondary data, and represents it using a range of scientific formats
  • identifies scientific problems, questions, or hypotheses and applies processes, and formats to primary or secondary data
  • applies knowledge and information relevant to scientific issues or scenarios 

Band 3

  • demonstrates basic knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts
  • communicates scientific understanding using basic scientific terms and application of nomenclature
  • implements scientific processes to obtain primary and secondary data and identifies risks
  • processes primary or secondary data, and represents it using scientific formats
  • responds to scientific problems, questions, or hypotheses
  • recalls scientific knowledge and information

Band 2

  • demonstrates limited knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts
  • communicates scientific understanding using limited scientific terms
  • partially outlines investigations to obtain data and information
  • provides simple descriptions of scientific phenomena
  • recalls basic scientific knowledge and information

Band 1