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Does anyone know if I would lose marks in a national 5 exam if I spelt something wrong (not talking about Nat 5 English) e.g if I spelt pancreas like pancrease in Biology or something stupid like that?
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You shouldn’t loose marks as long as the marker can understand what you meant. Obviously in English you will loose marks for poor spelling and when writing in a foreign language spelling also matters but apart from that it’s usually ok. Just make sure you’re not writing a different word entirely from what you mean
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Does anyone know if I would lose marks in a national 5 exam if I spelt something wrong (not talking about Nat 5 English) e.g if I spelt pancreas like pancrease in Biology or something stupid like that?
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Great answer from Glodilocks...Just to add to it, the thing you need to watch out for is that your spelling mistake doesn't then make it into another word. If you're not sure how to spell a word, my biology teacher said write it how it sounds (phonetically) and you should get the mark.
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Can only speak for myself, but no, never pulled for spelling by SQA.
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yeah i'm not bad at spelling or anything it's just i can imagine myself making some silly mistake, but that's reassuring.
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This was in the Biology 2018 marking scheme. I'd assume it's the same in most other subjects too (but I'm not certain).

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This was in the Biology 2018 marking scheme. I'd assume it's the same in most other subjects too (but I'm not certain).

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thanks that's really helpful
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Does anyone know if I would lose marks in a national 5 exam if I spelt something wrong (not talking about Nat 5 English) e.g if I spelt pancreas like pancrease in Biology or something stupid like that?
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I remember seeing in a mark scheme not to accept pancrease in biology. also the whole glucose, glucagon and glycogen thing they'll penalise you for that. They also I think are stricter on spelling in English exams
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yeah that's what I was worried about
for the diabetes thing you'd have to get them right because they're different words, and my English teacher did say that they penalise for spelling mistakes, so I know that, it's just accidental mistakes that are quite easy to make when you're rushing that I was talking about. I'll just have to be extra careful/ reader over all my answers (I try to do that anyway)
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I remember seeing in a mark scheme not to accept pancrease in biology. also the whole glucose, glucagon and glycogen thing they'll penalise you for that. They also I think are stricter on spelling in English exams
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Yeah- my biology teacher said that that was the ONE thing to watch ut for- even one letter wrong could lose you the mark
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yeah that's what I was worried about
for the diabetes thing you'd have to get them right because they're different words, and my English teacher did say that they penalise for spelling mistakes, so I know that, it's just accidental mistakes that are quite easy to make when you're rushing that I was talking about. I'll just have to be extra careful/ reader over all my answers (I try to do that anyway)
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