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Exam paper rubric

The precise format of an examination paper is described in a so-called rubric which appears on the front cover of the examination paper in question. The rubrics most commonly used are detailed below.

Normally the module lecturer will inform you in advance of the exam of which rubric is to be used.

Standard rubric for first year undergraduate examination papers

"This paper consists of two sections, Section A and Section B.
Section A contributes half the total marks for the paper.
All questions in Section B carry equal marks. Answer all questions."

Standard rubric for second and some third year undergraduate examination papers

"This paper consists of two sections, Section A and Section B.
Section A contributes half the total marks for the paper.
Answer all questions in Section A.
All questions in Section B carry equal marks, but if more than two are attempted, then only the best two will count."

In such an exam you are advised to concentrate first on completing Section A. This consists mainly of easier questions which should generally resemble exercises and/or examples from the lectures. In order to obtain a high grade (as opposed to a pass) you will also need to provide answers that are as full as possible to two questions from Section B. These may require a little more thought and the rubric clearly encourages you to focus your energy on at most two such questions.

Other examinations (including level seven modules)

Some exams (in particular at level 6 or 7) may employ other ‘non-standard’ rubrics.  This is often because of the nature of the material of the module, or because the paper has several sections. 

For instance, there may be a ‘non-standard’ rubric of the following form (with some value of N, which is often less than the total number of questions on the paper):
"Full marks will be awarded for complete answers to N questions.  If more than N questions ae attempted, only the N best will count."Blank space

 

 


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