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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:15 am 
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I have just been looking at the CSSE maths paper for last year's test, with the marking sheet. Some questions have 2 marks but only 1 answer, presumably because they are multi-stage problems. Remembering back (many years) to my school days, you generally got partial marks for your working out, even if the final answer was wrong - uisually due to some silly mistake like 2+4=5! On the front of the CSSE papers it says you can work it out in our head (which my DD usually does) or use the space by the question for working out. Is there any benefit in writing down the working out? Would she get 1 mark for the right approach but the wrong final answer? Or is it just 2 marks for getting it right and 0 for getting it wrong?


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 1:42 pm 
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I might be wrong but sadly I think the answer is no.

The reason some are two marks is because they are harder or more complex


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 5:23 pm 
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Am not an expert but from experience with my DS' tutor marking his mocks he sometimes got one mark out of two even though the result was wrong. Exactly how it works I don't know but it seems they get a mark when they show to have understood how to solve the problem but then made a mistake calculating along the way (if that makes sense) i.e. what the OP said.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 4:01 pm 
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I do not know the answer to this question, but I suspect that the answer is no.

As many of the papers are marked by parents, who only have the answer sheet to go by, I would suspect that there are no marks for working. I also suspect that if part a is incorrect and the value is needed for part b then part b will be incorrect too.

As a tutor, initially, I give working marks and also carry the child's answer through on a two part question, but when marking towards the end I do not give any of these extra marks. If it is not on the answer sheet then it is wrong.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:15 pm 
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Marked by parents! :shock:


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:17 pm 
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Whose parents?? :shock:


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 1:30 am 
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Certainly the parents of WHSB children mark the papers of the 11+ candidates. No evidence about the other schools.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 11:12 pm 
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which parents mark them? is this reliable? just sounds like something else for people to worry about! I know that you need to be a qualified teacher to mark sats would have thought it to be the same with the 11plus?!? mind you did wonder how they manage to mark so many papers. does anyone know when we will be able to buy this years papers from the csse? just something to torment my child with!!


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