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This resource is designed as a quick revision guide and must not be used by students during a NEA where internet access is not allowed. It has not been endorsed by any exam boards. If you spot any mistakes, please let me know and I'll fix them asap.


This website aims to give a quick reference for VB.NET, Python and pseudocode and is aimed primarily at teachers & students working towards a GCSE in Computer Science

VB.NET and Python are both programming languages designed to be understood and followed by computers. Pseudocode is not a programming language: it's written to be understood by humans so that they can turn it into any programming language.

Each exam board has published a document saying how they'll write pseudocode in their exams. The whole idea of syntax (a set of rules) for pseudocode is silly - it's not designed to be a programming language that is run by a computer. With this in mind, all exam boards state that you don't have to follow the syntax for 'their' version of pseudocode when you write out your own algorithms, but you should be able to understand their version of pseudocode when reading an algorithm in an exam.

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Choose a random number

Computers can't think for themselves - they can only follow instructions., so getting them to choose a number that is truely random is not easy. Thankfully, most programming languages have a function that will choose a number for you that appears to be chosen at random.

This example generates a random integer between 0 and 10 and saves it into a variable called r

Dim r As Integer Randomize() r = Rnd() * 10
import random r = random.randint(0, 10)
// not defined in pseudocode spec so this should never come up in an exam // this is just a guess r = random(0, 10)
{ not specified in eduqas pseudocode reference }