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    What if your answer wasn't in the markscheme but it's right? Will they still give you the marks, especially for sciences?
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    (Original post by rocketp95)
    What if your answer wasn't in the markscheme but it's right? Will they still give you the marks, especially for sciences?
    For the sciences, the general rule is that if your answer isn't in the mark scheme, then your answer will be discussed by the examiners amongst themselves and, if it's right, credit will be given. The mark scheme is written after the exam has been sat anyway so it tries to include the most common correct responses.

    The rule is slightly different in biology, where you can sometimes get certain words and phrases in the mark scheme which are underlined so that, unless you have those words, you don't get the mark, even if your answer is otherwise correct. It's harsh but that's the way it is. This can happen in other science subjects too but, in my experience, it's most common in biology.
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    if youre answer isnt in the mark scheme its up to the examiner to decide if they award the mark or not - if its maths then they will be more likely to as with maths an answer is often either wrong or right, however if there are makrs for working out they may not award those
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    (Original post by rocketp95)
    What if your answer wasn't in the markscheme but it's right? Will they still give you the marks, especially for sciences?
    Your answer can be "right" but may not be detailed or specific enough to be awarded marks, if you fail to mention key relevant facts listed in the mark scheme you may not be awarded full marks.

    If a question asked you about the chemical composition of air and you listed carbon dioxide, helium, neon, argon and water vapour while leaving out nitrogen or oxygen you shouldn't expect full marks.

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