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Looks like the examiners need to do some revision themselves.
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So THAT'S why I got an A in English Lit.
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I'm not surprised, really.
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I'm not surprised, but it really is not fair. Surely each (essay based) paper could be marked by more than one person separately and an average calculated...
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not suprised - remarked gcse science D - one mark off and it went down 3 marks... - that was kind of them - NOT
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Wow! Slightly shocked actually.
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I do English lit at A Level and this scares me slightly! There is no correct answer in English it's mostly own interpretation, whether the examiner agrees or disagrees that depends.
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(Original post by Fox Corner)
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A major study into marking accuracy by exam board regulator Ofqual has revealed nearly half of all English Literature papers are awarded an incorrect grade, while in subjects such as history and RS, fewer than two thirds of papers receive the correct mark. It's causing a wave of exasperation among students - how do you feel about that? What should be done to fix it? TSR speaks directly to Ofqual, have your say in this thread.
What subjects were awarded an incorrect grade? Does it include the subjects: 'English Language B', 'Chemistry', 'Physics', 'ICT', 'Geography', 'Biology' & 'human Biology'? And what year was this a major concern?
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Woohoo looks like they're gonna get my languages marking right then ;-)

I'm not surprised, known for years that English Lit is marked really badly and almost always remarked. It's open to so much subjectivity it's insane, and considering it's a problem that's occurred for years it's laughable the exam boards haven't properly addressed it yet.
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I bloody hope not, I had full marks!
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english is so subjective to the examiner- what one examiner can interpret from your writing, another might not and mark it wrong. i really think english essays should be marked by at least 2 examiners and then an average can be taken from the marks which can then be converted into an overall grade
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This is why I didn't do English as a third a-level...
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I think it would be a good idea to mark essay subjects by two examiners, and if their grade is more than a certain amount apart, have a third, senior examiner, mark it. Like the BMAT.

Although, I have to admit, it just isn't feasible. We hardly have enough time/markers as it is, so if every essay had to be marked at least twice? It would never get done.
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I'm not surprised, but it really is not fair. Surely each (essay based) paper could be marked by more than one person separately and an average calculated...
True, but the research evidence suggests this would only make a small improvement and would require at least double the number of examiners we currently have - possibly reducing the quality of examining generally.
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So THAT'S why I got an A in English Lit.
Could be! Students have as much chance to benefit from marking as they do to be disadvantaged.

(Original post by TK_23)
Wow! Slightly shocked actually.
No one expects the system to be perfect but the findings are a bit concerning.

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What subjects were awarded an incorrect grade? Does it include the subjects: 'English Language B', 'Chemistry', 'Physics', 'ICT', 'Geography', 'Biology' & 'human Biology'? And what year was this a major concern?
It's not about 'incorrect grades' in any year on any specific papers, just an overall tendency for examiners to differ in some subjects.
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(Original post by The Learn Ranger)

It's not about 'incorrect grades' in any year on any specific appers, just an overall tendency for examiners to differ in some subjects.
Was English Language B June 2016 paper corrected by Ofqal?
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Was English Language B June 2016 paper corrected by Ofqal?
Ofqual don't look at specific papers in this way. It's up to the individual exam boards to produce the marks and grades. No marks or grades are being changed.
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This isn't even remotely surprising. Examiners are given a mark scheme but for subjects like English Lit and History its subjective as to how you view an answer. I know from doing A level History that the mark scheme is banded and into five levels with criteria in each but the actual criteria for a certain level is very vague. Obviously key dates and events have to be right but in reality how the examiner values an essay is heavily opinionated...
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I do English lit at A Level and this scares me slightly! There is no correct answer in English it's mostly own interpretation, whether the examiner agrees or disagrees that depends.
Same here.
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