HISTORY ADVANCED LEVEL NEW EXAMINATION FORMAT
(For Both School and Private Candidates)
This examination format is a revised version of the 2015 format which was issued by the National Examinations Council of Tanzania.
The contents adhere to the 2009 History Syllabus for Advanced Level of Secondary Education.
The revised format emphasizes on measuring candidates’ competences in higher order thinking skills. There is no change in the examination content.
2.0 GENERAL OBJECTIVES
The examination will assess the extent to which candidates can:
2.1 interpret historical events, conditions and factors which shaped the past and the present conditions of the world in order to predict the future;
2.2 understand the problems experienced by African societies in the past and explain how they solved them in order to master their social and economic environment;
2.3 develop an understanding of the relationship between Africa’s developmental problems and foreign intrusion, colonial domination, cultural subjugation and economic exploitation at various stages in history;
2.4 understand and appreciate the efforts made and strategies used by African people to regain their independence and resist neo- colonialism;
2.5 develop basic skills of critical thinking, reasoning, evaluation, judgement, empathy, communication and effective participation in developmental activities;
2.6 develop an understanding of the place and importance of cross-cutting issues in shaping history; and
2.7 be prepared for the world of work and become responsible members of the society.
3.0 GENERAL COMPETENCES
The History examinations will test the candidate’s ability to:
3.1 understand the events which shaped the history of Africa in particular and the history of the world in general;
3.2 understand the problems experienced by African societies in the past and demonstrate the ability to analyse the efforts made to solve them;
3.3 understand and objectively relate Africa’s developmental problems with foreign intrusion, colonial domination, cultural subjugation and economic exploitation across time.
3.4 understand and appreciate the efforts made and strategies adopted by the African people to regain their independence and resist neo- colonialism;
3.5 show basic skills of critical thinking, reasoning, evaluations, judgement, empathy, communication and effective participation in developmental activities;
3.6 understand the place and importance of cross-cutting issues in shaping history; and
3.7 prepare himself/herself for the world of work and become responsible member of the society.
4.0 THE EXAMINATION RUBRIC
There will be two (2) examination papers of three (3) hours each. Each paper will consist of seven (7) e s s a y questions, of which candidates will be required to answer five (5) questions in each paper.
Unlike question one (1) which will be compulsory in each paper, other questions in both papers will be optional.
Each question in both papers will carry twenty (20) marks making a total of 100 marks in each paper.
5.0 EXAMINATION CONTENTS
The candidates will be assessed in the following topics:
5.1 112/1 History 1
5.1.1 Pre-colonial African societies
5.1.2 Africa and Europe in the 15th century
5.1.3 People of African origin in the new world
5.1.4 From colonialism to the First World War (1880s-1914)
5.1.5 Colonial economy and social services after the Second World War
5.1.6 The influence of external forces and the rise of nationalism and the struggle for independence
5.1.7 Political and economic development in Tanzania since independence