EXAM EXAMPLES

Below are two samples of a typical ADL examination. The structure and format is fairly similar across most disciplines. All our exams (excluding the RHS- Royal Horticultural Society and ICB public examinations) are one and a half hours long and covers all lessons in each course. Sample Exams include Human Nutrition 1 and Horticulture 1.

Sample Examination 1

Human Nutrition I

INSTRUCTIONS:
You have 5 minutes to read this paper prior to commencing writing, after which you have 1 hour and 30 minutes to answer all questions. 

The exam is designed to test  

  • What you know and can recall at the present time; 
  • How you might apply what you learnt through the course; 
  • How well you can complete all questions within the time allowed. 

On completion of the exam, the completed paper and question sheet is to be given to your adjudicator (ie. supervisor) to be sent by him/her to: 

Registrar 
ADL 
18 Lower Bridge Street
Canterbury
KENT  CT1 2LG
UK   

If needed, you should supply your supervisor with the cost of the postage. 

Note: 80% of your marks will be awarded according to basic correctness; the remaining 20% is awarded for exceptional effort. 50% is a pass. In the case of borderline results, your performance in assignments will be considered. 

The space provided will give you a guide as to how much you may be expected to write for each answer, but if you need more space please use a separate sheet. 

Answer each of the following questions in the space provided. If needed, attach extra sheets of paper.

QUESTION 1. 

Explain each of the following? 

BMR
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Lysine
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Villi
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QUESTION 2. 

What are the potential advantages and disadvantages of cooking food? 

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QUESTION 3 

Answer any three (3) of the following? 

a. Explain Detoxification Mechanisms in the body 
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b. Give an example of how absorption of a mineral can be affected by something other than the quantity of that mineral present in food.
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c. Describe symptoms of severe dehydration?
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d. Name and describe the symptoms and causes of any nutrient disorder you are familiar with?
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e. What does the following mean?
C12H22O11 + H2O ————> C6H12O6 + C6H12O6
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QUESTION 4 

Fill in gaps in the following table below 

Food
Composition 

Mainly carbohydrate, with 7 ‑ 12% protein. Oats have fat. Minerals, vitamins. Whole cereals have fibre
Meats, Poultry and Fish: 

Eggs
Protein, minerals and vitamins (fat in yolk).
Legumes 

Root Vegetables 

Fruits 

Fats, Oils, Sugars & Butter
Direct intake of fats and sugar. Vitamins, minerals.
Seeds and Nuts     

QUESTION 5

Write a 1 page article targeting the general public, providing guidelines for a healthy diet under any one of the following headings –you choose.

“Getting your Carbohydrate Intake right”
“Eating sufficient Vitamins”
“Avoiding Mineral Deficiencies”
“Eating Enough Protein – Guidelines for both Vegetarians and Meat Eaters”
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Sample Examination 2

Horticulture 1

Student Name:
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NOTE: 
Exams may be structured in any way.  There is no standard structure. 

The purpose of an exam is for us to test how you respond when you are confronted with the unexpected.

Your final result will NOT be dependant upon the exam alone ….we take everything you have done throughout your studies into account!

You will as a rule be tested in a way as to demonstrate that you have actually retained things and developed a capacity to apply what you have studied. (For example ….for horticulture courses; we may want to see that you have a solid foundation; such as the ability to identify and make decisions about growing different types of plants).   

INSTRUCTIONS:
You have 5 minutes to read this paper prior to commencing writing, after which you have 1 hour and 30 minutes to answer all questions. The exam is to test what you know and can recall at the present time. Do not worry if you cannot answer all questions as fully as you would like. Number all the pages of your exam answers. Place your name and address on the first page. Attach the exam questions to your answers. 

On completion of the exam, the completed paper and question sheet is to be given to your adjudicator (ie. supervisor) to be sent by him/her to: 

Registrar 
ADL
18 Lower Bridge Street
Canterbury
KENT CT1 2LG
UK

QUESTION 1. 

Define the following terms giving examples where appropriate to assist in your explanations: 

  • Hybrid 
  • Tendril 
  • Thorn 
  • Acid 
  • Compost 
  • Mulch 
  • Pistil 
  • Stipule 
  • Pest 
  • Virus 
  • Horticulture 
  • Nutrient Deficiency  

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QUESTION 2. 

Use drawings to show and explain the following (fully label all drawings with plant genus and species):   

a) The structure of a typical flower.       

 

b) How to sow a seed.       

 

c) How to do aerial layering.       

 

QUESTION 3. 

List eight (8) plants (one indoor, two trees, two shrubs, one climber, one exotic annual and one native bush) and give a description for each. Try to add as much detail as possible but do not spend excessive time on this question at the expense of other questions.
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QUESTION 4. 

Answer the following: 

a) How to overcome poor water holding ability in sandy soils. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
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b) Explain how to best use ties and stakes when supporting a newly planted specimen. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
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c) Provide the symptoms of three nutritional deficiencies. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
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d) Explain the establishment of a new turf area using either seed or sodding or turf rolls.
OR:
Explain the purpose and techniques used in arboriculture to remove a large limb from a tree about 4 metres in the canopy

 

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