Cambridge English Southern Europe

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New mark scheme for Writing Papers

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We are pleased to announce the introduction of a new mark scheme for the writing papers of the following Cambridge English exams:

  • Preliminaryimage
  • Preliminary for Schools
  • First
  • First for Schools
  • Advanced
  • Proficiency
  • Business Preliminary, Vantage and Higher
  • Financial
  • Legal

The new mark scheme has been developed with reference to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and has been researched and trialled extensively.

It contains four scaling sub-scales:

  • Content – This sub-scale focuses on how well the candidate has met the requirements of the task, in other words, if they have done what was asked of them
  • Communicative Achievement – This sub-scale focuses on how appropriate the writing is for the task
  • Organisation – This sub-scale focuses on the way the candidate has put his answer together
  • Language – This sub-scale focuses on the candidate’s use of appropriate vocabulary and grammar

A candidate’s answer will be awarded a mark out of five in each of these sub-scales, making a total of 20 marks for each task.

You can find out more about the new mark scheme in the Handbook for Teachers (available to download from the Cambridge ESOL Teacher Support website) and in a forthcoming issue of Research Notes.

Written by Cambridge English Southern Europe

April 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm

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  1. I prefer it better this way; it’s much more meaningful.


    April 6, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    • We are really glad you found this useful. This new scheme for the Writing paper does provide a much more thorough method in assessing essay content.

      Cambridge ESOL Greece

      April 17, 2012 at 1:10 pm

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