A tenth of exam marks to be lost for poor grammar

Posted on September 15, 2011


Pupils who sit their GCSEs in English and English literature in 2012 could lose up to 12 percent of their final marks for poor grammar and spelling mistakes. Pupils who aren’t due to take their GCSEs next year won’t escape, as pupils taking history and geography will suffer the same fate in 2013.

This policy will be applied to other subjects later on as part of huge changes to be introduced for exams. Over 600,000 pupils could be affected by the reforms. Currently, pupils can work through individual modules of coursework, taking exams earlier than usual. If grades are lower than expected, pupils can resit the exam. This system replaced the traditional exams which were taken at the end of a school year. However, the current system will be abolished according to reforms which are detailed in communications from the exam watchdog, Ofqual to the education secretary, Michael Gove.

The changes are being proposed as employers express concern at the number of teenagers who leave school without basic grammatical skills. According to Ofqual, exams taken in English and English literature will include 12 percent of total marks “for the use of a range of sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate punctuation and spelling.”

The current system is thought to have a negative affect on confidence of the public. Correct use of grammar, punctuation and spelling is essential for any written work, including the copy on a website. To gain the confidence and trust of customers, content outsourcing to a reputable copywriting agency is essential.

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