CIE Mark Scheme

Component 1 – Speaking

Section 1: Presentation (20 marks)

  • Content and Presentation – 10 marks
  • Pronunciation and Intonation – 5 marks
  • Language – 5 marks

Candidates who make no specific reference to the contemporary society or cultural heritage of a country where the language is spoken will have their mark for Content and Presentation halved.

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Section 2: Topic Conversation (40 marks) and Section 3: General Conversation (40 marks)

  • Comprehension and Responsiveness – 10 marks
  • Accuracy – 10 marks
  • Feel for the Language – 10 marks Range of vocabulary and structures
  • Providing Information and Opinions – 5 marks
  • Seeking Information and Opinions – 5 marks

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In the case of candidates who do not ask any questions by the end of the Topic Conversation, Examiners must prompt by asking Do you have any questions to ask of me? in the appropriate language. The same prompt should be used at the end of the General Conversation. Candidates will not be penalised for being prompted.

Component 2 – Reading and Writing

Quality of Language – Accuracy (Questions 3, 4 and 5)

5Very good

Consistently accurate. Only very few errors of minor significance. Accurate use of more complex structures (verb forms, tenses, prepositions, word order).

4Good

Higher incidence of error than above, but clearly has a sound grasp of the grammatical elements in spite of lapses. Some capacity to use accurately more complex structures.

3Sound

Fair level of accuracy. Common tenses and regular verbs mostly correctly formed. Some problems in forming correct agreement of adjectives. Difficulty with irregular verbs, use of prepositions.

2Below average

Persistent errors in tense and verb forms. Prepositions frequently incorrect. Recurrent errors in agreement of adjectives.

0–1Poor

Little or no evidence of grammatical awareness. Most constructions incomplete or incorrect. Consistent and repeated error.

Note re questions 3 and 4: The five marks available for quality of language are awarded globally for the whole performance on each set of answers.

A concise answer, containing all mark-bearing components for content is scored on the full range of marks for language, i.e. length does not determine the quality of language mark.

An individual answer scoring 0 for content cannot contribute to the overall Quality of Language mark. This means that the total mark out of 5 available on the whole set of answers is reduced on the following scale:

Answer(s) worth a total of 2 or 3 scoring 0: reduce final assessment by 1 Answer(s) worth a total of 4 or 5 scoring 0: reduce final assessment by 2 Answer(s) worth a total of 6 or 7 scoring 0: reduce final assessment by 3 Answer(s) worth a total of 8 or 9 scoring 0: reduce final assessment by 4

Note: A minimum of one mark for Quality of Language should be awarded if there are any content marks at all (i.e. 0 language marks only if 0 content marks).

Response to the passage (Question 5)

This should be marked as a mini-essay according to the variety and interest of the opinions and views expressed, the candidate’s response to the original text stimulus, and their ability to express a personal point of view. Additional guidance on marking specific questions will be given to examiners.

5Very good

Varied and interesting ideas, showing an element of flair and imagination, a capacity to express a personal point of view.

4Good

Not the flair and imagination of the best candidates, but work still shows an ability to express a range of ideas, maintain interest and respond to the issues raised.

3Sound

A fair level of interest and ideas. May concentrate on a single issue, but there is still a response to ideas in the text.

2Below average

Limited range of ideas; rather humdrum. May disregard the element of response to the text, and write a largely unrelated free-composition.

0–1Poor

Few ideas to offer on the theme. Banal and pedestrian. No element of personal response to the text. Repeated error.

Component 3 – Essay

Language (out of 24)

Content (out of 16)

24

Confident use of complex sentence patterns Generally accurate

Extensive vocabulary Good sense of idioms

16

Detailed

Clearly relevant and well illustrated Coherently argued and structured

23

15

22

14

21

13

Sound knowledge and generally relevant Some ability to develop argument and

draw conclusions

20

Generally sound grasp of grammar in spite of quite a few lapses

Reads reasonably

Some attempt at varied vocabulary

12

19

11

18

10

Some knowledge, but not always relevant A more limited capacity to argue

17

9

16

8

15

A tendency to be simple, clumsy or laboured Some degree of accuracy

Inappropriate use of idiom

7

14

6

Some attempt at argument Tends to be sketchy or unspecific

Little attempt to structure an argument Major misunderstanding of question

13

5

12

4

11

3

10

2

Vague and general

Ideas presented at random

9

Consistently simple or pedestrian sentence patterns with persistent errors

Limited vocabulary

1

8

Total (out of 40)

7

6

5

4

Only the simplest sentence patterns

Little evidence of grammatical awareness Very limited vocabulary

3

2

1

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