Patent: how to pass the technology test?

In 2022, third-grade students will compose on SVT and technology during the science test for the national patent diploma. Even as many students missed tech lessons during the year, teachers share their top tips for the home stretch.

Technology will be on the program for the national patent diploma science test on July 1, 2022. And yet, in many colleges, third-grade students did not have a technology course this year. Indeed, several academies have faced a shortage of technology teachers which made it impossible to replace absent teachers.

This will not prevent you from taking (and passing) the test! Different teachers deliver to the Student their best tips for revising the test, whether or not you had class this year.

Review your technology lessons since fifth grade

First, don’t panic if you haven’t had a technology class in the past year. It is advisable to revise all of the courses in cycle 4 – which includes the fifth, fourth and third grades. “You have to reread the activities, review the exercises seen in class”, explains David Vilbert, professor of technology at the Joliot-Curie college in Longueau (80).

So do not hesitate to bring out your workbooks from previous years. “Students can regain certain knowledge, it’s a way of giving a booster shot”, intervenes Caroline Duquenne, professor of technology at the Jules Ferry college in Haubourdin (59).

Francis Blanquart, professor of technology at the René Cassin college in Loos-en-Gohelle (62), recommends rereading the structuring sheets. “Notions seen in class can be reused in other situations,” he explains. It is also possible to revise your knowledge with the annals.

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Review with another middle school teacher

If you don’t have a technology teacher at your college, check with your homeroom teacher to find out if another tech-savvy teacher can make themselves available to do a few hours in this discipline.

Also inquire about your older siblings who have taken the technology course and who can explain certain notions. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help. to your friends from another college and who can lend you their lessons in this subject.

Practice before the day of the event

On the day of the patent, a programming exercise is usually part of the test. It is therefore advisable to review all your notions on this subject to secure you a few points. It is also possible to train in class with the MakeBlock coding platform.

“Programming is not something new in ninth grade. The students are used to it. They can also ask their math teacher to do exercises on this platform,” advises David Vilbert.

Students can redo the subjects of the white certificate tests. Some teachers can give you a subject of the patent of previous years to be done in progress. “It reassures the students to train. They are very demanding. The results in the technology test are generally quite good”continues David Vilbert.

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All the good methodological advice on D-Day

When you face your copy, remember that a good methodology is essential to save time and pass this test with flying colors. Time management is important because the science test only lasts one hour. It is therefore necessary to avoid spending 45 minutes on the SVT and only 15 minutes on the technology. “You have to have the watch next to you to respect the timing”, advises Carole Duquenne.

“We don’t rush to answer questions. You have to read the subject correctly and highlight what is important. The explanation of the technical system is in the subject”, explains David Vilbert. “You have to look carefully at each appendix (graphs, diagrams, etc.) and check that you have everything”, continues Francis Blanquart.

Each of your answers will necessarily be valued during the correction even if it is only partially correct. “You have to put what you have understood in your copy even if you know that you will not get to the end of your reasoning”, therefore recommends David Vilbert.

Finally, know that the teachers will show kindness during the correction, in particular because of the shortage of teachers and the distance. “We know very well that the courses were more or less followed during the confinement period. There is no particular concern to have”, reassures Caroline Duquenne.

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