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MARK SCHEME PAPER 1 SPM TRIAL EXAMINATION 2016

SECTION A : DIRECTED WRITING


FORMAT
CONTENT
LANGUAGE
TOTAL

FORMAT

CONTENT

Greeting
Purpose of talk
Closing
Total

3 marks
12 marks
20 marks
35 marks
F1
F2
F3

1 mark
1 mark
1 mark
3 marks

Organizer

C1

1 mark

Duration of the programme


Accommodation
visit places of interest
study in a local school
join community service
participate in cultural show
gain knowledge
get new friends
be independent
another benefit
another benefit
TOTAL

C2
C3
C4
C5
C6
C7
C8
C9
C10
C11
C12

1 mark
1 mark
1 mark
1 mark
1 mark
1 mark
1 mark
1 mark
1 mark
1 mark
1 mark
12 marks

LANGUAGE : REFER TO APPENDIX

CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF DIRECTED WRITING


LANGUAGE (20 marks)
Band &
Mark Range

Description of Criteria

A
19 - 20

1 Language - accurate with only occasional first draft slips


2 Sentence structures - varied
3 Vocabulary - wide and precise
4 Punctuation - accurate
5 Spelling - accurate
6 Paragraphs - have unity and are well-linked
7 Style - relevant to a report
8 Tone - appropriate

B
16 - 18

1 Language - almost always accurate with more first draft slips


2 Errors - found in more complex structures
3 Sentences - some variation in length and type (with some complex
structures)
4 Vocabulary - wide enough
5 Punctuation - almost always accurate
6 Spelling - almost always accurate
7 Paragraphs - linked and show some unity
8 Style - relevant and informative
9 Tone - appropriate
1 Language - largely accurate
2 Simple structures - used without errors. Mistakes occur in more complex
structures
3 Sentences - some variety of length and type but some repetitive
structures give a monotonous effect
4 Vocabulary - adequate
5 Punctuation - generally accurate
6 Paragraphs have some unity but links may be absent or inappropriate
7 Style - quite relevant and informative
8 Tone - still appropriate

C
13 - 15

D
10 12

1 Language - sufficiently accurate


2 Sentence structures - Patches of clarity seen in simple structures
3 Mistakes in more complex structures
4 Vocabulary - adequate but lacks precision
5 Punctuation - generally correct
6 Spelling mistakes - may be found in unfamiliar words
7 Paragraphs - show some unity
8 Style - relevant and informative but may not be sustained
9 Tone - may not always be appropriate for a report

E
7-9

1 Meaning - never in doubt


2 Single word errors - sufficiently frequent and serious to hamper reading
and precision
3 Sentence structures - mainly simple but accuracy is not sustained
4 Vocabulary - limited
5 Punctuation - sometimes not correct
6 Spelling mistakes - found in more difficult words
7 Paragraphs - do not show unity and links are incorrectly used
8 Style and tone - may not be relevant and informative

U (i)
46

1 Meaning - fairly clear


2 Single word errors - numerous and impede reading
3 A few simple structures - used accurately
4 Vocabulary - very limited
5 Punctuation - sometimes used correctly
6 Spelling errors - more frequent
7 Style and tone - may not be appropriate for a report

U (ii)
2-3

1 Sense - decipherable
2 Content - generally comprehensible
3 Some errors - multiple in nature
4 Maybe only one or two accurate sentences
5 Style and tone - hidden by too many errors

U (iii)
0-1

1 Errors - mostly multiple in nature (meaning is not clear)


2 Structures - distorted and ambiguous
3 Whole sections may make no sense at all
4 Award 1 mark if some sense can be obtained
5 Award 0 mark if the speech makes no sense at all from beginning to
end

CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF CONTINUOUS


WRITING
MARK
RANGE

A
44 - 50

B
38 - 43

C
32 - 37

DESCRIPTION OF CRITERIA
The language is entirely accurate apart from the very occasional first draft slips.
Sentence structure is varied and shows that the candidate is able to use various
types of sentences to achieve a particular effect.
Vocabulary shows some sophistication and is used with precision.
Punctuation is accurate and helpful to the reader.
Spelling is accurate across the full range of vocabulary
used.
Paragraphs have unity and are well linked.
The topic is addressed with consistent relevance.
The interest of the reader is aroused and sustained throughout the writing.
The language is accurate; occasional errors are either minor or first draft slips.
Sentences show some variation and of length and type, including some
complex sentences.
Vocabulary is wide enough to convey intended shades of meaning with
some precision.
Punctuation is almost always accurate and generally helpful to the
reader.
Spelling is nearly always accurate.
Paragraphs show some evidence of planning, having unity and are
appropriately linked.
The piece of writing is relevant to the topic and the interest of the
reader is aroused and sustained through most of the writing.
The language is largely accurate.
Simple structures are used without error; mistakes may occur when
more sophisticated structures are attempted.
Sentences show some variety of length and structure although there is
a tendency to repeat some sentence types, giving it a monotonous
effect.
Vocabulary is wide enough to convey intended meaning but may lack
precision.
Punctuation of simple structures is accurate on the whole but errors may occur
in more complex uses.
Spelling of simple words may be accurate but errors occur when
more sophisticated words are used.
Paragraphs may show some unity although some links may not be present
or inappropriate.
The writing is relevant but may lack originality and planning.
Topic is addressed with consistent relevance
Some interest is aroused but not sustained.

D
26 - 31

E
20 - 25

U (i)
14 - 19

8 - 13

Meaning never in doubt, but errors are sufficiently frequent and serious to
hamper reading.
Some simple structures may be accurate but accuracy is not sustained for
long.
Vocabulary is limited too simple to convey precise meaning or more
ambitious but imperfectly understood
Simple words will usually be spelt accurately but frequent mistakes make
reading the script difficult.
Paragraphs lack unity and are poorly organized.
The subject matter will show some relevance to the topic but only partial
treatment is given.
High incidence of errors - distracts reader from merits of content of the
piece of writing.

Meaning is fairly clear.


High incidence of errors impede reading.
Many serious errors of various kinds throughout the script (single
word).
Very few accurate sentences sentences are simple and often
repetitive.
Sentences will be simple and very often repetitive.
Punctuation is sometimes correct but sentence separation errors may
occur.
Paragraphs lack unity / may not have paragraphs at all.

U(ii)

The language is sufficiently accurate


There will be patches of clear, accurate language especially when
simple vocabulary and structures are used.
There may be some variety of sentence length and type but purpose is
not seen clearly.
Vocabulary is adequate to show intended meaning but is not developed to
show precision.
Punctuation is generally correct but it does not clarify
meaning.
Simple words are spelt accurately, but more errors will
occur.
Paragraphs used but show lack of planning or unity.
The topic is addressed with some relevance but it may be lacking in liveliness

Sense will usually decipherable, but some of the errors will be multiple,
requiring the reader to read and re-read before the meaning becomes
clear.
Only a few accurate simple sentences.
Content of writing is comprehensible but meaning is blur due to high
incidence of errors.
Scripts may be also far short of the required number of words.

U(iii)
07

Almost entirely impossible to read.


Whole sections make little or no sense at
all.
Award marks if some sense is obtained.
The mark 0 should only be awarded if the script makes no sense at all.

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