Writing a better answer and getting a higher mark

Recently my class have done some practice questions. I noticed many of them were getting 2 or 3 out of 4 and 1 or 2 out of 3. They should be getting 4 out of 4 and 3 out of 3!

Describe how improvements in the quality and quantity of water can change people’s lives. (4 marks)

Since this is a 4 mark question it is leveled not point marked. So you cannot get 4/4 by simply stating 4 points.

Here is an answer worth 3 marks:

“Improvements to water quality and quality can benefit people’s lives hugely. The first reason being that they will no longer have to walk miles to go and get it anymore. Improving the quality is a great thing to do as it will reduce the number of deaths as it is clean and will not contain harmful diseases. Increased quantity of water will now allow people to water their crops more often increasing the chance of becoming edible or sellable.”

What I like about this answer:

  • Talks about both quantity and quality of water. They have obviously read the question (maybe they bugged it?)
  • They have included 2 links (highlighted yellow)

Why its not 4/4

  • Needs at least one more clearer link. So what is one advantage of not having to walk miles?
  • Not enough key words used: Where could they have used the terms “quality of life” and “standard of living”


Suggest some advantages to the UK of donating aid (3 marks)

Here is an answer worth 1 mark

“Some advantages to the UK of donating aid are that it creates jobs and volunteer work and can give the army something to do.”

What I like about this answer:

  • Again they have definitely read the question

Why it is not more than 1/3

  • The candidate only really makes one point and doesn’t develop it
  • They should talk about how donating aid can give the donor country more political allies and so maybe useful in “creating friends”
  • They haven’t developed any of their points

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Filed under Aid, AQA A GCSE, development, Exam tecnique, water aid

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