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    Lots of my classmates were disappointed about their January session AS-Level exams. Mostly because of the marking. I've also heard from my teacher that her students suffered the same thing, and the mark scheme isn't followed sometimes. On a 4 mark question in a Physics: My classmate did most of the question but didn't write the final part. According to the mark scheme, he was supposed to lose 1 mark for the final answer, but in reality, all the 4 marks have been lost, which resulted in him taking a B instead of A. The only attempt which doesn't always work to improve your grade is by re-marking which costs a not-cheap 100$ (in my country). Who takes responsibility for this? and how to deal with this because writing the same as the mark scheme and not gaining credit is ridiculous and I'm forced to pay if I want to amend anything. This makes me worried about the upcoming exams. If you went through the same thing, please share your story.
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    Lots of my classmates were disappointed about their January session AS-Level exams. Mostly because of the marking. I've also heard from my teacher that her students suffered the same thing, and the mark scheme isn't followed sometimes. On a 4 mark question in a Physics: My classmate did most of the question but didn't write the final part. According to the mark scheme, he was supposed to lose 1 mark for the final answer, but in reality, all the 4 marks have been lost, which resulted in him taking a B instead of A. The only attempt which doesn't always work to improve your grade is by re-marking which costs a not-cheap 100$ (in my country). Who takes responsibility for this? and how to deal with this because writing the same as the mark scheme and not gaining credit is ridiculous and I'm forced to pay if I want to amend anything. This makes me worried about the upcoming exams. If you went through the same thing, please share your story.
    The argument my English teacher puts forward (and she examines) is that exam scripts are marked by humans. Humans do make mistakes.

    I completely disagree, particularly with subjects like Maths & Physics, where the mark scheme has little subjectivity, and believe that examiners should be trained and take full responsibility for this.

    Remarks are expensive and it is the reason I didn't remark most of my exams in August. However, if you are really confident that something should have received a higher mark, like I was with my English Lit script, send it for a remark. You will get your money back if it changes. I ordered my remarked script back and I was horrified that one of the questions went up by 7 marks - the original examiner even had the band wrong! But I got my money back, because the unit grade changed.

    It is ridiculous that you should have to do this, I know, but I would just recommend saving up a bit of cash for results day in case you find yourself in a situation where you feel you deserve a higher mark. The good thing with A Level is that you can order back a photocopy of your script and check. What I did is I got a question-by-question breakdown of my marks from my Exams Officer and then thought, 'did I really fail that question that bad?'.

    Hope it helps. I personally think the system is flawed, but this is what it is, and we have to try our best to deal with it!
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    (Original post by Fadel)
    Lots of my classmates were disappointed about their January session AS-Level exams. Mostly because of the marking. I've also heard from my teacher that her students suffered the same thing, and the mark scheme isn't followed sometimes. On a 4 mark question in a Physics: My classmate did most of the question but didn't write the final part. According to the mark scheme, he was supposed to lose 1 mark for the final answer, but in reality, all the 4 marks have been lost, which resulted in him taking a B instead of A. The only attempt which doesn't always work to improve your grade is by re-marking which costs a not-cheap 100$ (in my country). Who takes responsibility for this? and how to deal with this because writing the same as the mark scheme and not gaining credit is ridiculous and I'm forced to pay if I want to amend anything. This makes me worried about the upcoming exams. If you went through the same thing, please share your story.
    You get a refund if your grade changes.

    I had to get a remark last year; my grade went up. I've heard of people who have gone from E to A. My friend missed thought he'd missed his offer from Cambridge because he was wrongly given a C instead of an A. I know the system will never be perfect, but it seems like there are far too many mistakes.
 
 
 
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