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0990 Mark Scheme Paper 1 Reading - Generic Marking Principles

Emily Prentice | Friday October 18, 2019


Generic Marking Principles

These general marking principles must be applied by all examiners when marking candidate answers. They should be applied alongside the specific content of the mark scheme or generic level descriptors for a question. Each question paper and mark scheme will also comply with these marking principles.

Generic Marking Principles 1

Marks must be awarded in line with:

  • the specific content of the mark scheme or the generic level descriptors for the questionthe specific skills defined in the mark scheme or in the generic level descriptors for the
  • question.
  • the standard of response required by a candidate as exemplified by the standardisation
  • scripts.

Generic Marking Principles 2

  • Marks awarded are always whole marks (not half marks, or other fractions).

Generic Marking Principles 3

Marks must be awarded positively:

  • marks are awarded for correct/valid answers, as defined in the mark scheme. However, credit is given for valid answers which go beyond the scope of the syllabus and mark scheme, referring to your Team Leader as appropriate
  • marks are awarded when candidates clearly demonstrate what they know and can do
  • marks are not deducted for errors
  • marks are not deducted for omissions
  • answers should only be judged on the quality of spelling, punctuation and grammar when these features are specifically assessed by the question as indicated by the mark scheme. The meaning, however, should be unambiguous.

Generic Marking Principles 4

  • Rules must be applied consistently e.g. in situations where candidates have not followed instructions or in the application of generic level descriptors.

Generic Marking Principles 5

  • Marks should be awarded using the full range of marks defined in the mark scheme for the question (however; the use of the full mark range may be limited according to the quality of the candidate responses seen).

Generic Marking Principles 6

  • Marks awarded are based solely on the...

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