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    Hi, I'm a year 11 student who's just completed all of my exams. I've done many maths papers before, and when I mark them, I get the exact answer with all of the logical working out, but via a conpletely different method which the markscheme does not account for. Im really stressing, and I know that I've probably done this on the exam. Will I lose marks for this?
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    Will be fine if the answers right - full marks
    If not you probably wont get method marks for it
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    (Original post by HabibSyed)
    Hi, I'm a year 11 student who's just completed all of my exams. I've done many maths papers before, and when I mark them, I get the exact answer with all of the logical working out, but via a conpletely different method which the markscheme does not account for. Im really stressing, and I know that I've probably done this on the exam. Will I lose marks for this?
    Generally, you should be fine, any method which leads to the correct answer is perfectly acceptable, unless the question explicitly stated to use a certain method. However, it will all depend on your examiner. In general, you have nothing to worry about, if an examiner sees you did a different method, they will not go by the mark scheme (and they will be familiar with it since they're experts in the subject). There is a possibility that you may be marked by an inexperienced or new examiner, however, they would most likely flag your question for review by a more senior examiner, therefore no, you don't really have anything to worry about.
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    No, as long as your method is correct then you will be marked for it. The examiners use the marking scheme for guidance, but they are qualified mathematicians and will see your logic and reasoning and mark accordingly

    PS. Unless the question specifically marked your method (for example in construction and loci, where you bisect a line, if you use a different method other than drawing the arcs (the question usually asks you to show your arcs too) then you would lose marks)
 
 
 
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