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    This is mainly about Government and Politics, but I guess this applies to all subjects (except Maths and Sciences where there is a right or wrong answer). I know that it says at the top in bold "This is not an exhaustive list of points" in the mark schemes that I'm looking at but Im wondering do the examiners actually reward points that are not on the mark scheme.

    What if you make really good points but they arent listed. I worry about this happening in my exams. What if you give recent examples, for example on the 15 mark questions (for those who do Government and Politics) and they arent on the markscheme. If examiners are in a rush do they just not credit work that isnt on the markscheme?

    Also has anybody ever memorised points on previous markschemes and just regurgitated them onto their exam and got good grades (A/A*) or does that not work as they ask different questions?
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    You say this doesn't apply to sciences but it does. Very often there are answers that are correct but aren't on the mark scheme or are worded differently and would be marked wrong even though they are perfectly correct.
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    (Original post by Goldfish4343)
    You say this doesn't apply to sciences but it does. Very often there are answers that are correct but aren't on the mark scheme or are worded differently and would be marked wrong even though they are perfectly correct.
    I wasnt clear. I meant with the maths and calculations questions, but yes thats what Im worried about. Correct points which make sense that dont get credited because they arent on the mark scheme
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    (Original post by BlibberBlabber)
    I know that it says at the top in bold "This is not an exhaustive list of points" in the mark schemes that I'm looking at but Im wondering do the examiners actually reward points that are not on the mark scheme.
    The answer there is maybe. It really depends on who is marking your exam. In an ideal world, the person marking your exam is an expert in the subject and can determine a correct answer even if it isn't on the mark scheme. This is not always the case though.

    Exam markers are human. Some might go to the effort of checking whether your answer is right if it's not on the mark scheme, others might not. Some might just outright not realise that there are other possible answers not listed and thus mark your wrong, thinking they are doing the right thing.

    Yes, some exam markers will reward points for answers not on the mark scheme. However mark schemes are generally made up of the most common answers. If you've been taught something, best to stick with that. Exam markers have some level of autonomy though and in most cases not just blindly marking based on what is on the mark scheme. They have some common sense. But this is one of the main problems with our education system. You can be correct but if it's not on the mark scheme you might not get the mark.
 
 
 
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