Grade 12 NSC Geography Paper 1

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What is the main purpose of the NSC Geography P1 examination?

To assess learners' ability to apply geographical concepts to real-world contexts

Which of the following is NOT a key concept in the NSC Geography curriculum?

Cultural identity

What is the recommended time allocation for Section B of the NSC Geography P1 examination?

1 hour 45 minutes

What is the maximum mark for Section A of the NSC Geography P1 examination?

50 marks

How many questions are in Section B of the NSC Geography P1 examination?

5 questions

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NSC Geography Grade 12 Exam

Map Skills

  • A topographic map is a 2D representation of the Earth's surface, showing relief features, drainage, and other physical features
  • Contour lines are imaginary lines that join points of equal elevation above sea level
  • Close together contour lines indicate steep slopes, while far apart lines indicate gentle slopes
  • A contour interval is the difference in elevation between two consecutive contour lines

Location and Distance

  • Location can be described using latitude and longitude coordinates or grid references
  • Latitude measures distance north or south of the Equator, ranging from 0° to 90°
  • Longitude measures distance east or west of the Prime Meridian, ranging from 0° to 180°
  • Distance can be measured using a scale or by calculating the difference between two grid references


  • A compass rose is a diagram showing directions (N, S, E, W, and intermediate directions)
  • Azimuth is the angular distance between a line and a reference direction (usually north)
  • A back bearing is the direction you would need to travel to return to your starting point

Practice geography questions for Grade 12 NSC students, covering topics such as maps, climate, and population. This quiz is designed to help students prepare for their Paper 1 exam.

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