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1. When I did my S1 exam I did everything from the formula book - looking up tables. I've been told that an answer alone without any working gives full marks if it's correct. Now that I've got a better calculator it seems to be a much quicker exam if that's the case.

Is it true? I can't find any info on the past paper front cover to indicate that.
2. (Original post by maggiehodgson)
When I did my S1 exam I did everything from the formula book - looking up tables. I've been told that an answer alone without any working gives full marks if it's correct. Now that I've got a better calculator it seems to be a much quicker exam if that's the case.

Is it true? I can't find any info on the past paper front cover to indicate that.
If it's correct, you will receive full marks unless the question asks you to 'show' a given result or uses a phrase like: 'you must show your working fully'. However, for questions that quite clearly require some working, you will need to show this.

AQA employ people to sit their papers without a calculator to determine what is and what isn't possible. They use this to form their judgement about what can be reasonably done without a calculator.

I would recommend showing some working out though, as calculator slips are likely after multistep processes. I mean a slight error, for example, a rounding error, can just destroy your paper total.

The preamble on the front of the AQA mark scheme states:

Where the question specifically requires a particular method to be used, we must usually see evidence of use of this method for any marks to be awarded.

Where the answer can be reasonably obtained without showing working and it is very unlikely that the correct answer can be obtained by using an incorrect method, we must award full marks. However, the obvious penalty to candidates showing no working is that incorrect answers, however close, earn no marks.

Where a question asks the candidate to state or write down a result, no method need be shown for full marks.

Where the permitted calculator has functions which reasonably allow the solution of the question directly, the correct answer without working earns full marks, unless it is given to less than the degree of accuracy accepted in the mark scheme, when it gains no marks.

Otherwise we require evidence of a correct method for any marks to be awarded
3. (Original post by crashMATHS)
If it's correct, you will receive full marks unless the question asks you to 'show' a given result or uses a phrase like: 'you must show your working fully'. However, for questions that quite clearly require some working, you will need to show this.

AQA employ people to sit their papers without a calculator to determine what is and what isn't possible. They use this to form their judgement about what can be reasonably done without a calculator.

I would recommend showing some working out though, as calculator slips are likely after multistep processes. I mean a slight error, for example, a rounding error, can just destroy your paper total.

The preamble on the front of the AQA mark scheme states:

Where the question specifically requires a particular method to be used, we must usually see evidence of use of this method for any marks to be awarded.

Where the answer can be reasonably obtained without showing working and it is very unlikely that the correct answer can be obtained by using an incorrect method, we must award full marks. However, the obvious penalty to candidates showing no working is that incorrect answers, however close, earn no marks.

Where a question asks the candidate to state or write down a result, no method need be shown for full marks.

Where the permitted calculator has functions which reasonably allow the solution of the question directly, the correct answer without working earns full marks, unless it is given to less than the degree of accuracy accepted in the mark scheme, when it gains no marks.

Otherwise we require evidence of a correct method for any marks to be awarded
thanks. I am amazed.

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