Minor updates to mark schemes for Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) English Language 2.0

30 November 2021

In order to provide more exemplars to schools and colleges, we have recently been marking a number of real student responses to our sample papers. 

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Whilst marking the papers, we discovered some questions where the mark scheme was not working as intended. We have therefore made some very small amendments to some parts of the mark scheme to enable us to reward students' work fairly. 

Paper 1 - mark scheme

Section A: Reading - Question 2 and Question 5

The AO4 mark grids have been amended – the first two bullet descriptors for Level 2 have been changed. The focus is on clear explanation and clear evaluation and judgements.

Details of amendments to AO4 mark grids

Paper 1 - mark scheme

Section A: Reading - Question 4(b)

We have added the following end rubric:

Accept any other reasonable responses implied by the text.
Do not accept quotations alone that are not answering the question specifically.

Paper 2 - mark scheme

Section A: Reading - Question 3

We have updated the end rubric to now read:

Accept any other reasonable responses implied by the text. Do not accept quotations alone that are not answering the question specifically.

Paper 1 and Paper 2 - mark schemes

Section B: Writing - Question 7 and Question 8

The AO6 mark grid has been amended – the last bullet descriptor for each level has been updated and now focuses on the ‘use of grammatical features, such as vocabulary and spelling and/or punctuation, for clarity, purpose and effect.’

Amended AO6 mark grid
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If you have any questions about these changes, please contact your subject advisor, Clare Haviland.

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