Mock exam paper F - Paper 1 Marking Scheme

PAPER 1

SECTION 1 – COMPREHENDING (100 marks)

GENERAL

“This paper will be specifically aimed at testing the comprehending and composing abilities of students.” (DES English Syllabus, 7.3)

Candidates must answer a Question A on one text and a Question B on a different text.

N.B. Candidates may NOT answer a Question A and a Question B on the same text.

Please note that, in relation to all texts, the candidates may take the introductions and accompanying illustrations to be integral parts of the texts.

TEXT 1

QUESTION A

(i) This article tells us that the Internet and digital search tools have had a “mostly positive” impact on students' research habits. In your own words, outline the specific results of this impact.

(15)

Expect candidates to focus on the specific positive examples within the text, and expect some limited extrapolation on the candidate’s part. All answers should be focused on the information presented in the text.

Mark ex 15 by reference to the criteria.

A+

B

C

D

E -

15 marks

15 - 13

11

9

7

5 - 0

Possible points:

  • Technology helps a student find information quickly and efficiently
  • Improves their ability to switch between tasks
  • This is how all research will be carried out in the future, it’s good that they are able to work the technology required to do so
  • Helps them see things differently because of the new approach to learning
  • Encourages creativity

ii) Do you think that the author of this article presents a balanced and fair argument for the benefits of technology and the internet? Give reasons for your choice. (15)

Candidates should refer to the content and style of the piece, though not necessarily equally. Allow for interpretation and personal opinion.

Mark ex 15 by reference to the criteria.

A+

B

C

D

E -

15 marks

15 - 13

11

9

7

5 - 0

Possible points:

  • Writer talks about both generations wasting time online and suffering from shorter attention span
  • Language is conversational but never emotional
  • Uses factual information – Statistics and facts
  • Information presented on both sides of the argument...

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