General Certificate of Education (A-level)
Unit 3: Strategies for Success
Mark schemes are prepared by the Principal Examiner and considered, together with the relevant
questions, by a panel of subject teachers. This mark scheme includes any amendments made at the
standardisation events which all examiners participate in and is the scheme which was used by them
in this examination. The standardisation process ensures that the mark scheme covers the students’
responses to questions and that every examiner understands and applies it in the same correct way.
As preparation for standardisation each examiner analyses a number of students’ scripts: alternative
answers not already covered by the mark scheme are discussed and legislated for. If, after the
standardisation process, examiners encounter unusual answers which have not been raised they are
required to refer these to the Principal Examiner.
It must be stressed that a mark scheme is a working document, in many cases further developed and
expanded on the basis of students’ reactions to a particular paper. Assumptions about future mark
schemes on the basis of one year’s document should be avoided; whilst the guiding principles of
assessment remain constant, details will change, depending on the content of a particular examination
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