Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Should I get a Remark for my A Levels?

To all those who recently got their A level results - I hope you did as well as you deserved. If you were disappointed you might be considering having them remarked.

It is not easy to say whether this is a good thing or not. However, it is worth considering these points.

  • Remarks are more likely to go up as well as down.
  • However, this may be because people will only remark if they were dissappointed and did less well than expected.
  • Ideally, you would get your teacher to look through your script and compare it to the mark scheme. This should give them an idea if you have been harshly treated.
  • However, it is worth bearing in mind, it is more difficult for a teacher to judge a Mark scheme who didn't get the training professional markers did.
  • It is said that students from private schools get an advantage from the process of remarking. - Why? well, students from private schools are much more likely to get scripts remarked and remarked scripts are more likely to go up than down.
  • If the grade has cost you the place and you really feel you deserved more then it might well be worth it.
  • In my experience, it is difficult for students to judge how well they did in an exam. For example, you may write good economics, but, unfortunately answer the wrong question.

From my experience of marking economics, there is always an element of subjectivity in marking. Basically, this means that even the best examiners will have small differences for the same paper. However, during remarks any benefit of the doubt issues will generally not be changed. Examiners are looking for clear errors in application of the mark scheme.

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