Administration - Messy script won't do

30th April 2010 at 01:00
In the second of our reports on the analysis by external assessors of pupil performance in last year's exams, Victoria Prest and Henry Hepburn summarise their findings

Students need to take more care over their handwriting, and proof- read keyed-in work to improve their marks.

"Extremely difficult to read" handwriting was a serious problem among Higher candidates in the administration exams. Markers commented that "very poor writing skills" were exhibited by a high number of candidates, and schools should consider using transcription to get around this problem.

Even the typed Paper 2 answers were difficult to understand, because of the poor standard of word processing and copy typing. However, the paper was, in general, completed to a higher standard than in previous years and, as a rule, fewer questions were left unanswered.

At Intermediate 1, problems were created by incomplete print-outs from students who had not read or fully understood the instructions for submitting results of their work; for example, by not including formula print-outs of a spreadsheet.

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